Like many other resort towns on Turkey’s coastal provinces, Bodrum has become overcrowded with holidaymakers during the Eid al-Adha holiday this year. The population of the town, which is around 400,000 during off season, in the province of Muğla on the Aegean coast has soared to 1 million. Over the past week, more than 140,000 […]


Turkey’s picturesque Cappadocia region drew over 150,000 visitors this June, according to the latest official figures, thanks to COVID-19 safety measures. A total of 150,282 domestic and international tourists came to explore the charming touristic hub in the central Nevşehir province, famed for its distinctive fairy chimneys, underground cities, cave hotels, and hot-air balloon rides, […]


Turkey is applying the same COVID-19 measures for all arrivals as the EU, the country’s tourism minister said on July 2. Everyone coming to Turkey has to either present a negative PCR test result or proof that they have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said at the signing ceremony of […]


Turkey’s rapid vaccination along with the decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases have once again put the country among the most attractive and healthiest travel destinations. With the lifting of travel restrictions on Turkey by Russia and Germany, tourism professionals in the country are expecting around 3 million German vacationers to visit this […]


Turkey allows entry for Russian tourists vaccinated with any Russian vaccine without PCR tests. “Turkey receives Russian tourists who have received two doses of any Russian vaccine, that is, have been vaccinated. Otherwise, we request a negative PCR test done within 72 hours before flying to the republic, ” the head of the country’s Foreign […]


Turkish tourism operators and industry representatives are urging Turkish authorities to apply strict measures for incoming Russians because Russia has also seen a significant growth in coronavirus cases in recent days Russia is resuming air traffic with Turkey on Tuesday as Turkish tourism operators look forward to welcoming tourists back after a lost season. The […]


Turkish health workers have vaccinated more than a million people in the southern Mediterranean resort city of Antalya against COVID-19. More than 1 million doses have been administered to some 73% of the target population, according to Ünal Hülür, the provincial health director for Antalya. “We used this lockdown period to our advantage by boosting […]


Covaxin, one of the COVID-19 vaccines in India, is not included in the World Health Organization’s emergency list. Those who have been vaccinated with covaxin may not be allowed to travel internationally until the vaccine is approved. Only nine countries have approved Covaxin. At the same time, Covishield is recognized by 130 countries around the […]


The cultural diversity and knowledge of indigenous peoples can bring innovative experiences and new business opportunities for tourism destinations and local communities, and help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) on a set of guidelines, […]

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