The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey has announced that the country is now open from domestic and international flights, through a message on Twitter. The official account of the Ministry wrote a message on the popular social media platform that "We have removed restrictions on international & domestic travel. #Turkey is ready to host you with her magnificent colors, spectacular nature, safe tourism, and developed health infrastructure."
Turkey has restarted international flights with more than 40 countries in June and has reached mutual agreements on air travel with 15 countries. The total number of countries on a mutual agreement with Turkey is expected to reach 92 by the end of July.
Back in March 2020, Turkey has largely sealed off its borders as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak with the rest of the world. Domestic flights resumed by the first week of June between major cities as the state lightened restrictions after a significant drop in infection rates.
Millions of residents in Turkey have benefited from the universal health care services during the pandemic, thanks to the reforms and investments undertaken over the years in the health sector.
Minister of Transportation, Adil Karaismailoğlu has released a statement when the domestic flights first restarted. "We believe that we have left behind an important point in the battle against the pandemic on a global scale. Now, we have to continue our international ties and trade."
Flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Qatar and Greece have been going on since June 10. Flights to 17 destinations, including Germany, Austria, Croatia, and Singapore have restarted on June 15. Flights to 16 more countries began from June 20th, 22nd, and 25th, including to South Korea, Qatar, the Netherlands, Norway, and Belgium.
Karaismailoğlu stated that the tests applied to new arrivals are carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Health, Directorate General of Borders and Coasts, General Directorate of Public Health and Provincial Health Directorates.
Karaismailoğlu said the ministry was in cooperation with the health, foreign affairs, and culture and tourism ministries on the issue of restarting international flights, stating that the health of citizens would be prioritized and the measures to be implemented regarding this is vital.