British tourists could need a ‘coronavirus-free’ certificate to holiday in Turkey

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Brits may have to show a certificate proving they don’t have coronavirus to visit Turkey.

The plans have been announced by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who wants to certify tourist attractions as coronavirus-free while the global pandemic continues.

The Liverpool Echo reports that with countries seeing cases reduce, leading tourism officials to put plans in place to salvage tourist seasons.

Officials believe cases of the deadly virus in Turkey will continue through April and early May, before numbers are seen to be going down.

Ersoy said the normalisation phase in Turkey could begin as early as the second week of May.

He told local media that holidaymakers will need an official document detailing their health status while new measures are also to be introduced across the tourism industry.

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The certification system will include three pillars covering transportation, facilities and passengers who use the previous two pillars.

Under the new programme, Ersoy also stressed the importance of sterilising vehicles, hotels, airports, restaurants, agencies, museums and historical sites.

Tourism industry staff will also be required to get an immunity certificate and pandemic training in order to maximise a successful approach to the virus.

Ersoy said: “We have started the certification process to determine the coronavirus-free zones under a system.”

He explained an immunity certificate would also be required of international visitors.

He said: “This will probably be an example to the world that we have developed. By gradually including all NGOs in the commission, we aim to finalise this certification system quickly in the first week of May.”

But the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The advice came into effect on March 17, and while it initially applied for a period of 30 days, the travel ban is now listed as “indefinite” in length.

The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19.

This advice remains in place.

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