Germany lifts travel warning for four Turkish regions
Germany lifted its travel warning for several coastal regions of Turkey on Tuesday, ceding partially to weeks of campaigning by Ankara, whose tourism industry relies heavily on German visitors.
The warning will be lifted with immediate effect for the four coastal provinces of Antalya, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said in Berlin.
“Turkey has developed a special tourism and hygiene concept for these four regions in order to realise safe tourism under the conditions of the pandemic,” Demmer said.
Turkey will require anyone travelling back to Germany to present a negative coronavirus test within 48 hours before departure.
Turkey had been one of 160 countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area for which a travel warning was in place until August 31.
In July, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had demanded a review of the travel warning while visiting his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.
Anyone currently arriving in Germany from areas considered to be at high risk must produce a negative coronavirus test or go into quarantine for 14 days.
Germany, which is home to a large Turkish community, makes up the biggest group of tourists by nationality in Turkey.
In a blow to tourism in Spain, Germany last week added three northern Spanish regions to its list of high-risk destinations.