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Holiday providers have reported a boom in travel bookings to Turkey as UK citizens rush to secure a break in the sun. The current restrictions will be lifted in time for families to enjoy the October vacation halfway through.
Turkey was placed on the UK government’s travel red list in May, forcing arrivals to self-quarantine at expensive government hotels.
In Friday’s latest travel update, the country was ultimately taken off the red list as its cases were dropped.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to self-isolate for ten days after visiting Turkey under the new rules.
Unvaccinated children and adolescents will not have to self-isolate and will be treated according to the same rules as double-injected adults.
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Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2Holidays, said the company saw demand increase under the new rules.
He said: “There has been an immediate and massive increase in flight and package holiday bookings following this good news for holidaymakers in England.
“Thanks to the certainty that yesterday’s announcement brought to customers, all destinations are selling well, whether for the late summer sun, winter or next summer.
“As you might expect, semester dates have also seen an increase in bookings for families.”
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Jet2 has announced that it will resume flights to popular Turkish destinations Antalya and Dalaman from September 23.
Both hot spots offer British tourists great beaches and plenty of activities, including water sports, for families.
Turkey is a particularly popular destination for Britons in the fall as winter sun is almost guaranteed.
Estelle Giraudeau, Executive Director UK and Northern Europe of Club Med, said Express.co.uk,Turkey was “the perfect option for some late summer sun”.
Skyscanner reported a 133% increase in traffic to its website after travel rules were relaxed.
He said searches for vacations in Turkey had seen a “huge increase” as the good news arrived for British tourists.
The Turkish Association of Travel Agencies said: “We were hoping this decision would have been taken much sooner.
“A lot of our guests from the UK, who miss Turkey and want to vacation in our country, were also waiting for this decision. “
The Association said it expects at least 200,000 British tourists to arrive in Turkey over the next three months.
Prior to the pandemic, Turkey regularly hosted more than two million British tourists each year and was one of the UK’s top holiday destinations.
Only 85,000 British tourists visited Turkey between January and July 2021, with people put off by the strict quarantine rules.
From October 4, double-vaccinated British travelers in Turkey will not need to take a Covid test before departure.