Turkey could be added to Britain’s quarantine list, following a recent rise in its coronavirus cases, the London-based i newspaper reported on Thursday.
This may mean anyone travelling from Turkey would have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their arrival in Britain. The U.K. government’s website has advised British citizens against all but essential travel to Turkey since Aug. 19.
Turkey recorded just under 10,800 cases in the last seven days. However, it has only recorded a case rate of 12.8 per 100,000 in the past week, which is below the 20 per 100,000 benchmark for imposing U.K. quarantine restrictions, The i said.
Turkey has become a cheaper option for European holidaymakers to travel to due to the country’s plummeting lira – it slumped to a record low of 7.4558 to the dollar on Friday – and cheaper deals to help its hard-hit tourism industry recover from a months-long COVID-19 lockdown. Although Turkey re-opened to international tourists in June following the lockdown, the country’s recent increase in infections has raised concerns of further epidemic restrictions and negative effects on the tourism sector.
Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday that the Turkish government is preparing a new two-month plan of infection prevention measures starting this month to counter an expected second wave in October.
The i cautioned that the new steps could be imposed at short notice and travellers should stay up to date with local developments to avoid mobility problems.