Turkey and Portugal introduce Covid-19 insurance deals to protect tourists

Holidaymakers heading Turkey or Portugal during the tail end of the summer can obtain special travel insurance designed to cover any coronavirus-related bills.

Both countries have offered the new policies in a bid to make tourists feel safe while they are visiting.

The policy for Turkey, which covers healthcare costs, can be purchased from €15 upwards from airports or online  here.

Tourists staying at accommodation containing more than 50 rooms will be able to get tested for Covid-19 upon request, reports MirrorOnline.

More than 2,000 testing centres have been set up across the country, including resort centres like Antalya, Izmir, Dalaman and Bodrum.

Anyone who tests positive will be able to isolate in dedicated rooms throughout their stay.

Culture and tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: “While tourists coming to our country from many different countries enjoy their holidays in Turkey safely, we continue conducting inspection at our facilities incessantly.

“Our guests who wish to spend their holidays in Turkey can feel at ease knowing that we have thought of every single detail and taken all necessary precautions for them, and we are fastidiously inspecting all practices in the field.”

Portugal has been taken off the UK quarantine list, meaning holidaymakers can now travel to the country without needing to self-isolate on return.

Earlier this month, Portugal announced it had introduced its own travel insurance for visiting foreign tourists.

Issued by the country’s national tourism authority  here, it covers medical expenses associated with the virus, and covers the costs of having to cancel or shorten a trip, as well as quarantine costs.

Holidaymakers can be tested for coronavirus free-of-charge whilst in the country through the  Portugal Health Passport.

It also allows British visitors to access urgent healthcare or check-ups across five hospital and clinic networks.

A spokeswoman said: “The goal is to ensure all visitors to Portugal can travel around the country safely and with confidence.”

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