Published on : Tuesday, September 28, 2021
UK holidaymakers have already started returning to Turkey for the first time in months after the country was removed from the UK’s red list.
Announced last week, the popular holiday hotspot was taken off the travel ban list, meaning trips could go-ahead for the first time since May.
Flights from the UK have also been restarting – Jet2 said they saw bookings increase by 1,000 percent, and have launched more holidays to Antalya and Dalaman in response.
And while Brits are yet to return in their usual numbers, with 2.3 visiting in 2019 pre-pandemic, the Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) said it expects at least 200,000 Britons to visit in the coming three-month period.
Dalaman Airport official Hamdi Güvenç spoke about the region of Mugla, an average of 90,000 tourists from the UK visited Turkey in October during the pre-pandemic time.
He added that as many as 1,000 people have booked holidays to the region in the past two days.
As many as 1,000 people booked for holidays in Muğla over the past two days, he added, with Brit Peter Stevens saying he booked a holiday with his wife and child as soon as flights resumed.
Foreign tourists have been returning in droves to Turkey in recent months, hitting 4.36 visitors in June – a 21 month high – while nearly four million visited in August, according to Culture and Tourism Ministry data.
While the majority of arrivals are from Russia and Germany, there are high hopes for the return of Brits in time for the October half-term and Christmas holidays.
Turkey is currently welcoming Brits who are fully vaccinated without the need for tests or quarantine on arrival, with Brits just needing a pre-arrival test and a day two test when returning to the UK.