TURKEY is the latest holiday favourite to declare its love for Brits – saying holidaygoers will be welcome even if they have not had a Covid vaccine.
Tourism minister Mehmet Ersoy said we will be welcomed “with open arms”.
He added: “We have world-class border processes for ensuring travel will be low risk. We will not require vaccination passports.”
A UK Government taskforce is due to report back on April 12 about plans for restarting international travel, with May 17 given as the earliest date we will be clear to jet off.
It is yet to confirm which countries we will be allowed to visit and how, but Turkey has not been placed on the Red List of places where hotel quarantine is required on return to the UK.
The Med favourite is hugely popular, with great accommodation at competitive prices.
We round up some summer deals, all Atol-protected, with flexible Covid policies.
Best for families
TURKEY’S Mediterranean waters are perfect for kids to learn to swim — and the country has a host of resorts offering hundreds of activities, clubs and facilities.
In the Antalya region, the vast 5H The Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel combines luxury accomodation with a great water park, theme park and built-in shopping centre.
Rooms come with games consoles and 3D TV screens and there are huge lagoon-style pools.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £939pp, based on two adults and two children sharing, including flights from Stansted on September 30. See jet2holidays.com.
Away from the beach, the Julian Forest Suites in Icmeler has pools with slides, kids’ clubs and nightly mini-disco.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £421pp, with flights from Gatwick on June 2.
See away holidays.co.uk or call 0208 705 0107.
Best for solo travellers
SOLO guests on Friendship Travel’s small-group holidays in Turkey this summer can get a double/twin room to themselves with no single supplement to pay.
The company, which specialises in friendly and unstructured holidays for single people, takes over the 19-room Forever Hotel in Oludeniz for a break with an intimate, house party atmosphere.
The small hotel has a pool and covered dining terrace and welcomes guests every week from June to October. Prices from £585 for seven nights’ half-board.
For those who fancy splashing out, The Raga is an all-inclusive, adults-only 5H resort in Side.
With à la carte restaurants, waiter service and themed menus, it is a cut above the normal all-inclusive experience.
Weekly de-partures from June to October are from £995pp.
For more, see friend shiptravel.com.
Best for couples
BELEK is like the Beverly Hills of Turkey with its upmarket hotels, restaurants and golf courses — just perfect for a grown-up luxury break.
The Tui Blue Belek hotel has a peaceful vibe, with private beach and jetty.
It is just the ticket for adults, with great restaurants and bars plus the nearby boulevards of Belek town for a spot of shopping.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £897pp based on two sharing, with flights from Manchester on September 7 and transfers.See firstchoice.co.uk.
Also a great choice for couples is the Jiva Beach Resort in Calis, with its laid-back atmosphere, beachfront restaurants and bars.
The 5H hotel features luxurious rooms including swim-up suites as well as a peaceful beach area and five outdoor, freshwater pools.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £886pp including flights from Manchester on September 9. See jet2holidays.com
Best for culture vultures
THE town of Side is perfect for those wanting more than just a beach.
The historic resort has Greek and Roman ruins to explore nearby, such as the ancient city of Hierapolis, and the Manavgat Water-falls and Taurus Mountains are on your doorstep for hiking.
For a budget break, the 4H Dosi Hotel, just outside the centre of town, has two pools, a buffet restaurant and sports activities.
A week all-inclusive for two adults and two children is from £1,340 in total, including flights from Gatwick on August 31. See thomascook.com.
Or for a little more luxury, check out the recently renovated 4H Side Resort Hotel with two outdoor pools, a spa, kids’ clubs and daily activities and evening shows.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £402pp including flights from Gatwick on June 23. Book by March 31 at travelrepublic.co.uk.
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