Turkey will cover the cost of medical treatment for COVID-19 for holidaymakers as part of its safe tourism certification programme, Turkish minister of tourism and culture Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has announced.
The plan covers all aspects of the journey – from the aircraft to the airport, transfers and hotels. From 1 July, airlines, tour operators and other contracted online platforms will sell the insurance packages ranging from EUR15 ($16.8) to EUR23 for medical coverage worth between EUR3,000 and EUR7,000.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind our guests that we will be looking forward to welcoming their citizens to Turkey after the resumption of international flights,” said Mr Ersoy.
He said the number of COVID-19 cases is ‘quite low’ in popular tourist cities such as Aydin, Antalya and Mugla, adding that these cities are also known for being health centres with thousands of healthcare professionals working here.
The safe tourism certification programme is an official system of accreditation that will certify that travel services providers including hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and transportation among others are providing a COVID-19 secure environment.
Accreditation companies that are authorised to grant the ‘Safe Tourism Certificate’ will conduct hygiene and health audits and conformity assessments, prepare reports regarding them and regularly inspect the applicants’ facilities to ensure standards are met.