Turkey lifts UK flight ban – and Brits won't need vaccine to return this summer

TURKEY has lifted the travel ban on Brits – and tourists won't need a vaccine to go on holiday.

UK arrivals will still need proof of a negative PCR test but it is great news for younger travellers yet to be given the jab.

Countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal have all said they will welcome vaccinated travellers, although will also let in tourists with a negative Covid test.

However, Turkey has also said they will offer Covid tests on departure for £25 – something the UK also requires, and can cost up to £120 per person.

Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said the season will be "even safer" than last year due to the vaccine rollout in both. the Uk and Turkey.

In the UK nearly half of the population has been given the first jab with more than 10m adults having the vaccine.

Turkey is further behind, with 15 per cent given the jab, although the country has said they are prioritising hotel staff and staff in the tourism industry.

The UK government has confirmed a traffic light system, which will use a three-colour guide to allow Brits to return to some countries this summer.

Countries on the 'green' list would be able to travel without quarantine restrictions and would require a pre-flight Covid test as well as a PCR test on day two after returning to the UK.

The UK government are still to confirm the countries which will be placed onto the green list, ahead of the anticipated May 17 date which will allow foreign travel to resume.

Turkey may not make the green list, due to Covid cases in the country still climbing, and could instead be on the amber list.

The country's seven-day Covid rate is 505 per 100,000, compared to the UK's 26, and has reported more than 62,000 new daily cases, the highest since the pandemic began.

Brits returning from 'amber' countries would require a negative Covid test before arrival in the UK, plus two further tests once in the country and a ten-day quarantine at home.

Arrivals from 'red list' countries would have to isolate at a quarantine hotel for 10 days, at a cost of £1,750.

Despite this, tour operators such as TUI are already offering bargain holidays for July and August, some as low as £499pp.

Brits can visit Malta from June 1 if fully vaccinated, with the country even paying tourists to visit this summer.

Cyprus will welcome fully vaccinated tourists from May 1, without quarantine restrictions.

Portugal is welcoming Brits from May 17, as long as they are fully vaccinated or have a negative test.

The flight ban also ended last week, meaning airlines will be able to resume schedules.

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