Turkey holiday boost as travel experts say quarantine-free trips could come soon

Quarantine-free holidays to Turkey might be possible for the first time this year after next week's traffic light system review.

Travel experts have "high hopes" that low coronavirus cases in the tourist hotspot will persuade the government to remove it from the red list.

Before the Covid pandemic, almost 2.3 million Brits travelled to Turkey for a holiday, The Times reports.

But unfortunately for itching jet-setters the European country has been a no-go since it was added to the red list in early May.

Data analyst Tim White said that Turkey could be a "borderline candidate" to be taken off the list's highest risk category.

Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency travel consultancy, said: “Turkey very much deserves to be on the amber list.

"It has some of the best Covid safety policies in place, especially in hotels and other tourist areas, and has worked hard to reduce its infection rates.

"Many agree it feels safer there than it does in the UK.”

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However, government sources told the paper that it was too soon to predict what red list countries will be moving around the traffic light system.

Any changes could be made as soon as the middle of the week.

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While this is debated, pressure is being heaped on to ministers to add Turkey to the amber list, to join fellow countries Italy, India, Sweden and France.

There are around 60 locations on the red list currently, such as Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, and most of South America and Africa.

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Arrivals from red list countries need to stay in a hotel and quarantine for 10 days.

But holidaymakers have taken a painful blow as the price for solo travellers rose from £1,750 to £2,285 earlier this month.

The Press Association said it is "nearly impossible" to keep up with changes to the rules for international travel during the pandemic.

Some travel experts have predicted that most of the popular amber destinations are likely to stay where they are after the review.

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PC Agency's Paul Charles said Spain had "no chance" of being moved to the red list, adding: “Its infection rate is dropping fast, meaning any variants are very much under control.

“Spain’s rates are half those of France and its vaccine rate is 65 per cent fully-jabbed. British tourists there can rest easy.”

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