Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to work with Turkey on regulations to enable German tourists to enjoy safe holidays in the country’s popular holiday regions. “We want as much vacation to be possible in the summer as is justifiable,” said the SPD politician on Thursday after a conversation with his Turkish colleague Mevlüt Cavusoglu. “We will continue to work on this on the basis of what we discussed intensively with each other last year and, in my opinion, implemented very successfully.”
The federal government had lifted the travel warning due to the corona pandemic for the popular Turkish holiday regions on the Mediterranean in August last year after long pressure from the Turkish government. The prerequisite for this was a special tourism and hygiene concept. In mid-November, however, the travel warning for the whole of Turkey was put back into force because the federal government no longer took the transparency of the infection figures for granted.
Despite the currently high number of corona infections, the Turkish minister strongly promoted vacation in Turkey. All measures have been taken “so that our friends can spend their vacation safely,” said Cavusoglu on Thursday at a joint press conference with Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin. This would give priority to vaccinating workers in the tourism sector, he said. As in the previous year, hotels are included in a certification program for safe tourism. This has been extended to smaller facilities that are regularly checked.
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