Tourism officer sees opportunities for trips to Turkey
A travel warning still applies to Turkey, but Thomas Bareiß gives hope that it will be lifted soon. The federal government is in the middle of relevant considerations.
The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, sees growing opportunities to lift the corona-related travel warning for Turkey. “If the situation is good – and last week the situation was good – we can prepare the openings relatively quickly,” said the CDU politician. “In this respect, we are in the middle of it, what are we going to do in the next few days to ensure travel here too.”
Bareiß, however, gave some preconditions for such a decision. The number of infections should be low, and the Turkish health system must be able to cope with virus outbreaks in such a way that vacationers come home safely. Turkey must be judged in the same way as other holiday countries: “We have to treat each country fairly and fairly.”
The talks with the government in Ankara were good, said Bareiß. “You can tell that a lot is certainly being done to ensure that protection is there on site.”
Just last Thursday, a Turkish government delegation in Berlin tried unsuccessfully to have the travel warning lifted. Turkey is a safe travel destination.
The travel warning has now been lifted for 32 European countries. A travel warning still applies to Turkey and around 160 other countries – initially until August 31. Like 125 other countries, Turkey is also considered a corona risk area.