Turkey proposed to Russia to create a model of safe tourist flow similar to the one that was previously used in relation to Germany, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the republic Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in a conversation with RIA Novosti. The model assumes the resumption of air communication, first with the resort regions on the principle of “travel bubbles”.
“As you know, Russian tourists mainly arrive in Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, and less often in Izmir. If you look at the daily increase in new cases of COVID-19 infection in these regions, you can see that there is 50% below the Turkish average. In addition, the hotels there mainly operate on the “all inclusive” system … At the first stage, we propose to start flights to these airports, then to extend them to the whole of Turkey, ”Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said.
Then air traffic can be expanded to other airports, including Istanbul.
“We launched this system with Germany and it turned out to be very successful. Of course, everything depends on the decision of the Russian authorities, on their policy in the field of health care and on the decisions they give on traffic, ”the Turkish minister added.
He also said that the Turkish authorities may cancel the mandatory PCR test for Russian tourists upon entering the country. It is most likely that this will happen along with the resumption of flights.
“The most important criterion (PCR test withdrawal) is the level of vaccination in the country of origin. Look at the daily number of new cases. If this amount is below a certain level, then PCR tests become unnecessary, because it means that the pandemic is under control there, ”he said to Ersoy.
Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, as well as the representative of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin, visited Moscow on May 17 to discuss the prospects for the restoration of air traffic. According to some reports, politicians have not been able to achieve the resumption of flights from 2 July. Now the most optimistic forecast is June 15th.
The decision to restrict flights from Russia to Turkey was made in mid-April, when the daily increase in the incidence in Turkey exceeded 60 thousand new cases. As of May 23, this figure was 7,839 – the minimum for the last three months.
Turkey now partially maintains a curfew and restrictions on the work of public institutions. The restrictions will continue until June 1.
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