Turkey to introduce ‘COVID-free’ certificates for tourist hotspots


Turkey to introduce ‘COVID-free’ certificates for tourist hotspots

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Nuri Ersoy recently announced a new initiative to ensure safety of numerous tourist sites in Turkey. As per the new initiative, when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic dies down, it will launch a certification system for Coronavirus-free tourist areas and facilities in a move to revive the tourism industry. It is expected that the situation is likely to return back to normal by late May.

While speaking to the media, the Minister stated that his ministry has been working with relevant ministries and industry representatives to check on the guidelines and regulations for the certification system. He added that the Ministry would soon start handing out ‘Coronavirus free’ certificates to tourism-based businesses, where no contact with the virus had been detected and relevant hygiene and safety measures have been confirmed.

He also stated that they are planning to include all the NGOs in the commission and try to conclude the certification system in the first week of May. After this, they will try to make the tourism facilities also get these certificates until the end of May.

The Tourism Minister is further hopeful of domestic tourism resuming in June after the pandemic starts to move toward normalcy, likely in the mid-May.

Turkey to introduce ‘COVID-free’ certificates for tourist hotspots

As per Ersoy, all tourism transportation vehicles will be sanitized regularly, whereas transportation personnel will need to get pandemic training after undergoing health checks. Besides, tourists will also be required to furnish health documents, which international authorities have cited as required.

Airports, restaurants, hotels, archaeological sites, and museums will be redecorated in par with social distancing rules. He added that health staff and equipment, including thermal cameras, will be available and ready onsite. The staff will also have a COVID-free certificate to ensure health risks can be kept at bay.

Chairman of the Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers’ Association stated that this certification process has been welcomed by the hotel industry. He also noted that such COVID-free certification will not only help hotels and service providers, but also assure travellers of their hygiene standards, which will play the most important factor during post-pandemic tourism.

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