Ankara/IBNS: Tourism and international flights, which remained suspended in Turkey since Mar 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resumed on Jun 15.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey has introduced a set of measures called the ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’.
This certificate, which is issued under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, covers a broad range of measures including transportation, accommodation, health condition of employees of the facilities and passengers.
Granted by international certification institutions, this will document the fulfillment of high levels of health and hygiene requirements at airline companies, airports and other transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities.
So if any Indian traveller intending to travel to Turkey will be able to check which hotels, restaurants and other facilities in Turkey have this ‘Safe Tourism Certificate’ and choose for a safe travel experience.
What happens when an Indian traveller arrives in Turkey?
Upon arrival the body temperature of passengers will be checked at airports.
The passenger who has a temperature higher than 37.8 Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) or showing any other symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested free of charge.
If the test result is positive, the passenger will be referred to the hospital. The same procedure will be applied to all transit passengers as well.
If the test result is negative, the passenger can continue with his/her itinerary.
No Indian passenger will be deported or be kept in quarantine due to the test result.
What happens if the Indian tourist’s test result is positive?
For the passenger who has a positive PCR test result, qualified health staff capable of responding promptly and well-equipped transfer vehicles will be ready at the airport for transportation to the health institutions.
The patient will be transferred immediately to the nearest health institution and his/her treatment will start.
The government will not implement any treatment without consent of the individual.
What about the cost of treatment and health insurance?
An Indian tourist arriving in Turkey and proven to be Covid-19 positive he/she needs to be treated at hospital.
Treatment costs will be covered by his/her own health insurance which is also valid in Turkey.
It is advisable for Indian travellers to buy medical insurance covering Covid-19 treatment as well before arriving in Turkey.
Insurance packages can be purchased with tickets of contracted airlines, inside the airport at points of sale before passport control, online, from tour operators.
What about visas and flight?
The visa application process for Indian travellers began on Jun 22, 2020.
Turkey officially communicated her readiness to re-start scheduled flights between India and Turkey as of Jul 10.
However, the consent of the Indian government is being awaited.