TURKEY has been removed from the UK’s travel corridor list, following concerns over rising numbers of coronavirus cases.
Brits who return after 4am on Saturday October 3 will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
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Has Turkey been added to the UK quarantine list?
Brits can still travel to Turkey but anyone who returns to the UK after 4am on Saturday October 3 will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps took to Twitter to announce the latest changes.
He tweeted: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the #TravelCorridor list this week.
“This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am Saturday 3 October, you will need to self-isolate”.
Turkey is on 12.9 cases per 100,000, way below the 20 per 100,000 mark which the Government considers booting countries off.
The decision by the UK government suggests they don’t trust Turkey’s coronavirus reporting – and think the rate of infection is much higher.
Turkey has admitted they were not disclosing the sheer scale of new cases.
According to the Financial Times, the Turkish health minister has now admitted it changed the way they reported coronavirus cases per day, changing the words of “today’s number of cases” to “todays number of patients”.
The latest reports state there have been 318,663 cases since the crisis began and just 8,195 deaths.
The quarantine-free list has been slowly whittled down to the point where there are now barely ten European countries Brits can travel to without having to self-isolate for 14 days.
What are the coronavirus rules in Turkey?
All arrivals into Turkey have to have a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
If you show symptoms on arrival then you’ll be required to undergo a PCR test coronavirus.
Everyone must wear a mask in public places such as markets as well as on public transport and in taxis.
If you are caught not wearing a mask then you could be fined around £90.
Anyone wishing to use public transport must get an “HES” code (“Hayat Eve Sığar”).
This can be done through the e-Devlet system, the HES smartphone application and by SMS.
Some beaches in the country are enforcing tough social distancing guidelines.