Turkey removes all Covid-related restrictions for Indian travelers


Turkey has eased all conditions for travelers entering the country and expects to welcome the highest number of Indian tourists on record this year, the Turkish Tourism Board said on Monday.

Previously, travelers from India had to present either a vaccination certificate or an RT-PCR test report to travel to Turkey, according to a statement.

Now Indian travelers no longer need to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or proof of recovery from the disease or a negative RT-PCR test result, he added.

As Indigo and Turkish Airlines resume direct international flights to Turkey, the country expects to welcome the highest number of Indian tourists on record this year, he said.

Turkish tourism, which hit nearly $25 billion in revenue last year, registering 103% growth since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to set a new record in 2022, he said. declared.

The country became one of the top destinations for Free Independent Travelers (FIT) and Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Events (MICE) tourists from around the world last year, welcoming more than 30 million visitors international in 2021, said the Turkiye Tourism Board. .

Among them, 50,000 were Indian tourists, which was a significant number considering the pandemic.

Therefore, Turkey expects a full recovery in tourism for the year 2022 and aims to reach pre-Covid figures in terms of international visitors, including Indians, he added.

The country welcomed 52 million travelers during the pre-pandemic period of 2019, earning $34.5 billion in tourism revenue, according to the statement.

With the momentum growing, Turkey expects tourist arrivals to return to 2019 levels by the end of 2022 as demand for international travel rebounds and people are ready to travel and discover new places. new destinations, he added.

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