Liverpool news Turkey welcomes Brits and expects exemption from quarantine rules MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The country is hoping to welcome British tourists and insists it's safe to travel there
Breaking News ! Turkey expects to be on the list of destinations to be made exempt from the UK's quarantine measures. The country is hoping to welcome British tourists again shortly and the nation's ambassador to the UK said on Wednesday that his country believes it will be among those to form so-called air bridges when an announcement is made later this week. Umit Yalcin insisted it is safe to open up travel with Turkey despite a recent spike in cases after lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus were eased. The government has imposed a 14 day quarantine on anyone entering the UK, apart from a few exemptions. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure from the travel industry and from within his own party to ease the restriction in order to boost tourism and the economy. Mr Yalcin said Turkey should be on the list because, he argued, cases are low there - particularly in tourist areas. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm optimistic because we are expecting to be included in that list because, scientifically, the facts and figures should talk and the numbers related to corona for Turkey is very low. Read More Related Articles You can get our best stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletter Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it "All the numbers relatively and comparatively with other countries are very low, especially in touristic areas in the Aegean and Mediterranean coast the numbers are zero.
." Pressed that numbers nationwide in Turkey are high, the ambassador said "we are not expecting that second wave" and argued cases are centred on cities. Nations deemed to have a low risk of coronavirus transmissions, such as France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany, are expected to be included on the exemptions list.
Portugal had also been touted but a spike in infections there has now cast some doubt. Since June 8, all passengers - bar a handful of exemptions - have been required to go into self-isolation for 14 days when they arrive in the UK. People who fail to comply can be fined £1,000 in England and police are allowed to use "reasonable force" to make sure they follow the rules. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.
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