Why holidays to Turkey are still discouraged?

Most European countries are again open to tourists, but a city trip to Istanbul to Antalya or a beach that is not there yet. Turkey is still valid code orange. Why travel to Turkey still discouraged?

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By coronavirus was a few months traveling impossible. For all countries, the Foreign Ministry said in code orange. That means: only necessary journeys.

Here you can read all the questions and answers back from our daily corona update.

In recent weeks, Europe became increasingly lock: France, Germany, Italy and many other European Union countries were code yellow. This means that you must be aware of security risks, but you basically can travel again.

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for Dutch: in 2016, the country accounted for nearly half a million holidays. The corona conditions in the country have improved a lot. The lockdown was lifted in the country, go back flights and tourists are welcome. Yet Turkey still remains at code orange.

According to the ministry because the travel advisories step by step eased. In addition, first the internal borders of the EU and the Schengen area opened.

This area consists of almost all European countries have agreed that you freely between the countries can travel back and forth without that you need a passport.

Of 22 countries the advice to yellow gone in this area. Several countries, including the UK and Sweden remain because the corona situation even orange. All countries outside the EU remain provisionally orange, including Turkey.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry examines the coming weeks or advice can also be relaxed for other countries. As the situation changes from day to day, it is not possible to predict when this will actually happen.

“We look for example at the health situation and to what rules apply in any country,” said the spokesman. “Moreover, we also try other EU countries to align what we do and that the boundaries can open again.”

you still go on holiday to Turkey, then it can be that your insurance is not valid. Also cites the Dutch government, as the situation deteriorates and the militia is locked, you can not return home. Traveling through a travel agency, then that organization is responsible to make sure you can return to the Netherlands.

On arrival in Turkey is measured temperature and you can, if you have symptoms, be conducted mandatory corona test. Back in the Netherlands, you must have a valid health certificate with you. You also have required two weeks in quarantine at home.

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