Turkey expecting to be exempt from UK quarantine measures

Turkey is expecting to be on the list of destinations to be exempted from the UK’s quarantine measures.

The country believes it will be among destinations chosen to form so-called air bridges when an announcement is made later this week.

UK ambassador Umit Yalcin insisted it is safe to open up travel with Turkey despite a recent spike in cases after lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19 were eased.

A 14-day quarantine has been imposed on anyone entering the UK, apart from a few exemptions.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure from the travel industry and from within his own party to relax the restriction to boost tourism and the economy.

Mr Yalcin said Turkey should be on the list of preferential destinations because, he argued, cases are low there, particularly in tourist areas.

“I’m optimistic because we are expecting to be included in that list because, scientifically, the facts and figures should talk and the numbers related to corona for Turkey is very low,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“All the numbers relatively and comparatively with other countries are very low, especially in touristic areas in the Aegean and Mediterranean coast the numbers are zero.

“Because of that reason we are expected to be included on that list.”

The ambassador said “we are not expecting that second wave” and argued that new cases of the virus are centred on cities.

Nations deemed to have a low risk of coronavirus transmissions, such as France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany, are expected to be included on the UK Government exemptions list.

Portugal had also been touted but a spike in infections there has now cast some doubt.

Since June 8, almost all passengers have been required to go into self-isolation for 14 days when they arrive in the UK.

People who fail to comply can be fined £1,000 in England, and police are allowed to use “reasonable force” to make sure they follow the rule

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