Is It Safe to Visit Turkey after Easing Coronavirus Lockdowns?

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Visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is one of the most anticipated questions lately. Following the normalization processes in the world’s countries, governments started open borders and both internal and external flights. Daily life also began to normalize. Most-affected countries such as the UK, France, Italy, Spain, even the US have already decided bars, cafes, and restaurants as of June. Even more, limited-gathering is allowed.

What are the Latest Numbers in Turkey?

Turkey, on the other hand, is another country that experienced the COVID-19 virus deeply and commonly. The Ministry of Health announced 922 new cases and 17 death as of June 10 (yesterday). So, with these new records, the number of the total case since March 10 has risen to 173.036. And the total death number, on the other hand, has risen to 4.746. The Ministry of Health had announced the first case on the 10th of March. For more detailed information, you can visit here.

Though Turkey is among the safest travel destinations, there is still much to do. (Image Credit-TRT World)
Though Turkey is among the safest travel destinations, there is still much to do. (Image Credit-TRT World)

Turkey, nonetheless, is one of the countries which controlled the virus at a minimum level. Unlike other European countries, there is less danger in Turkey relatively, comparing to the US, the UK, France, Italy, or Spain. The US, especially, has become the new center of the virus for the last month. However, countries began to ease restrictions due to economic reasons. What’s more, it is not possible to keep people at home any longer. Fortunately, visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is not a perilous action anymore.

What is Turkey’s Importance in the Post-COVID Period?

Turkey is a tourism country as our followers know very well. Tourism is the principal source of income in Turkey. So, together with the arrival of the summer season, normalization has become a vital necessity. In the scope of normalization, Turkey lifted restrictions for internal and external flights. The government also let cafes, bars, and restaurants open as of June 1. Hotels in popular tourism locations have also begun to serve its visitors. So, the tourism sector in Turkey has prepared an action plan in the scope of coronavirus precautions.

Turkey gave a start to the normalization process as of June 1. (Image Credit-TRT World)
Turkey gave a start to the normalization process as of June 1. (Image Credit-TRT World)

60 Percent Fullness Maximum

According to the new action plan, disinfectants will have to take place in all transfer vehicles, while the side seats of the vehicles will be empty. The hotels will able to accept a maximum occupancy permit of 60 percent. If the tourist doesn’t have a mask, the hotel management will have to provide.

At the facilities, which will pay utmost attention to all health and hygiene rules, the hotel staff will measure the fever of tourists at the entrance of the hotel. Receptions will applicate social distance lines at the hotels. The hotels will also add warning signs against the virus to various points within the facility. And, they will also distribute brochures and information notes in different languages. Disinfectants will be ready and reachable in various parts of the hotel to facilitate accessibility from the lobby to floors, elevator to corridors.

Disinfected-Rooms Will Be Empty For 12-Hours

Visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is becoming safer. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)
Visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is becoming safer. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)

Hotel servants will regularly disinfect and record surfaces with intense human contact throughout the facility, door handles, and touch screens. Moreover, they will also continuously clean control panels, countertops, break room/cafeteria, handrails, hand washing stations. Elimination of the interaction of people is also very important. Hence, hotel management will reduce the interaction in waiting, resting, and sitting areas in the lobby, foyer areas, the number of seats and chairs. Further, they will make the necessary social distance markings. When the tourist leaves the hotel, janitors will disinfect the water heaters, television, and air conditioning controls in the rooms. The rooms will be left empty for 12 hours. Personnel in charge of room cleaning will use personal protective equipment while working.

The Importance of Creating Quarantine Areas

Hotels will also create quarantine areas for emergencies. In case of a risk situation such as fever, cough, etc. in the incoming tourist, hotel management will take the tourist to the quarantine area. Special protective clothing will be available to prevent contamination for staff. Staff will get special training on how to work against the pandemic. On the other hand, they will regularly disinfect the equipment and tools that they use.

Covid-19 pandemic hit the whole world in every aspect. (Image Credit-Liberale)
Covid-19 pandemic hit the whole world in every aspect. (Image Credit-Liberale)

Glass Buffet for Open Buffets

Hand disinfectants will take place at the entrance of the restaurants. Social distance intervals will be marked by considering possible accumulation at the restaurant-cafe entrance. Moreover, the minimum distance will be 1.5 meters between the tables. Tea/coffee machines, dispensers, beverage machines, and similar devices in common use will not be available anymore. Salt, spices, toothpicks, etc. will only be available in dining tables. And, they will be in use in disposable packages instead of auxiliary products such as candy and sugar.

In the hotels that work with the all-inclusive system, hotel staff will make the food presentations. Foods will be presented closed in a glass panel against the risk of coughing or sneezing.

Social Distance Rules in Beaches

Social distance rules will be valid in swimming pools, sun loungers, and living areas. The chlorine level in swimming pool water will have to be between 1-3 ppm in outdoor pools and between 1 and 1.5 ppm in indoor pools. Tourists must follow the rules before entering the pool. And the warning signs, on the other hand, have to be visible in a shower. However, some of the common areas such as the fitness center and SPA areas will not be open this season.

Turkey still maintains its popularity as a valuable option to spend a summer holiday. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)
Turkey still maintains its popularity as a valuable option to spend a summer holiday. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)

Visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is safe, we can say, and every precaution is being taken. So, re-consider your summer vacation plans and book your flight tickets already. Summer is here, isn’t it?

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