Turkey plans to start accepting foreign tourists from mid-June, the first expected guests are from China, South Korea, and other Asian countries, said the Minister of culture and tourism of the Republic of Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.
“Since mid-June, we think that international tourism from certain countries will resume. It looks like it will be China, South Korea, and other countries in the region. At the same time, I think regular international flights will begin to many parts of the world,” Ersoy said on NTV.
He noted that domestic tourism in the country could be resumed on May 28, at the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
“Domestic flights can resume as early as the end of May, if the society carefully follows sanitary safety measures, and if the data on the spread of the coronavirus continues to decline. We did not close hotels. They were forced to close themselves because air carriers stopped working, and other restrictions were imposed in connection with the pandemic,” the Minister said.
He noted that the Turkish authorities had developed a detailed program for certification of hotels in terms of sanitary and hygienic safety. “This is the first such experience in the world, and after us, the EU countries decided to conduct the same work at home,” Ersoy added.