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Turkey is top destination for Britons thanks to 'strength' not linked to quarantine


Turkey is one of the few countries has remained open to Britons over the last few months. The country has a lower coronavirus infection rate compared to other countries in Europe meaning it has remained on the UK’s travel corridor list. This means that Britons returning from the country don’t have to quarantine for 14 days when they return from Turkey.

The country appears to be benefiting from the fact that its coronavirus rates have remained relatively low and on the quarantine exemption list.

Due to a surge of interest in people craving a late summer holiday somewhere warm without quarantine rules, Turkey has seen a surge of interest.

Now, demand for Turkey’s local currency Turkish lira is reportedly up by 78 percent.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, chief executive of foreign exchange company FairFX, explained: “Holidaymakers heading to Turkey are not only escaping quarantine restrictions, but are also benefiting from the exchange rate working in their favour, meaning their money is going further when they’re away.

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This is the largest share of overall package holiday late summer search.

The figures are also a 15 percent increase compared with the previous fortnight.

Interest in holidaying in resorts accessible via Dalaman airport has increased by 36 percent and to resorts around Antalya by 32 percent.

To make sure holidaymakers get the most for their money, experts are offering advising tourists to stay up-to-date on any major news.

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Mr Strafford-Taylor added: “Whether you’re paying by paper or by plastic, the best thing you can do is to plan ahead.”

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He continued: “With Coronavirus and a looming Brexit deadline, there is a lot of uncertainty ahead, which means the pound is vulnerable to further fluctuations.”

The travel money expert’s advice is to use a prepaid card while travelling abroad.

“Using a prepaid card gives you more control over exchange rates, whether you’re topping up before you travel or while you’re away, protecting you from unstable markets and further fluctuations.”

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) all arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus on your arrival into Turkey, you will be required to have a PCR coronavirus test.

If you test positive, you will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey.

Turkey has recorded over 310,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 8,000 deaths.





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