Turkey to welcome Brits for summer holidays – even without Covid vaccine

Brits will be able to jet off to Turkey for a summer break – regardless of whether they've been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Turkey's Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy said UK travellers would be welcomed “with open arms."

The popular holiday destination wants to open up its borders to sunseekers from the UK to boost its usually thriving tourism industry, The Sun reports.

He also said the country expects to ditch the need for a negative Covid test before international travel is resumed in the UK on May 17 – despite claiming travellers would need a negative test on arrival just two days ago (March 13).

Turkish holiday resorts are offering cheap travel insurance packages which offer PCR tests for as little as 30 euros.

The nation has already jabbed 10 million people. From today, workers at tourist hotspots and resorts are in the priority queue for the vaccine.

A source told The Sun: “Turkey is ready and willing to let the British come in as soon as possible, and as safe as possible.

“The tourism industry is massive for Turkey, and they have done everything they can to make people safe and keep the disease at bay.

“They were one of the first areas of the world to introduce testing at airports and inside hotel resorts."

In a typical year, Brits would make 2.5million trips to Turkey.

Mr Ersoy said: “We have world-class border processes in place for ensuring travel will be low-risk.”

Meanwhile, Professor Neil Ferguson, a mathematical biologist, said he was “80 per cent sure” Brits will enjoy a relatively normal summer as it was likely infection rates would be very low.

Greece, Cyprus and Spain have already said jabbed Brits can return to their holiday resorts as soon as international travel restrictions are lifted.

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