According to Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the destination plans to restart domestic tourism by the close of May and hopes to receive international visitors from mid-June.
“I hope, tourism will start with some tourism mobility domestically by end of May and we also expect international tourism to start with some countries after mid-June,” Ersoy said in a Turkish news NTV.
The country has set out new guidelines for its hotels and resort facilities, such as temperature checks at entrances and at least 12 hours of room ventilation after checkout. Guests will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing according to CNN.
“The more transparent and detailed information we give, the more we will earn the confidence of tourists,” Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy told Reuters earlier this month while revealing plans to open around half of Turkey’s hotels this year.
Meanwhile, restrictions on intercity travel have been lifted, while restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities are permitted to reopen from June 1, along with beaches and museums.
Dome Architecture in Sultanahmet, Turkey
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest markets, is also preparing to reopen for the first time in two months on June 1.
Ersoy stressed that Turkey started a detailed certification program for hotels due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It [the certification program] was the first in the world, and the EU also decided to initiate a similar one,” he added.