- Turkey is a popular destination for Germans. However, due to the Corona crisis, it is still uncertain whether and how travel can take place.
- The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, according to the “Bild” report, discussed with his German counterpart Heiko Maas and made a proposal.
- He wants TÜV certificates to be issued for hotels that meet a strict hygiene concept. So trips to Turkey could be possible again from June, Çavuşoğlu believes.
Despite increasing autocratic tendencies under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, many Germans go to Turkey to relax on the beaches of the Mediterranean or the Black Sea. According to the DRV, the country shares the second place of the most popular foreign travel destinations with Italy.
However, due to the Corona crisis and the associated travel restrictions, the tourism balance for Turkey should look lean this year. Unless a comprehensive hygiene concept can convince the federal government that vacation trips to Turkey are harmless.
This is exactly the plan of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. As reported by “Bild”, Çavuşoğlu spoke to his German counterpart Heiko Maas (SPD) and reported on progress in the fight against the corona virus. The country is gradually loosening the corona measures.
TÜV certificates are supposed to guarantee hygiene standards
The Turkish politician therefore believes it is possible that trips to popular destinations such as Antalya and Bodrum will be possible again from June. To ensure that the necessary hygiene standards for hotels and airports are met, TÜV certificates should be issued, Çavuşoğlu suggests. The test organization carries out checks worldwide to ensure compliance with certain standards.
The German government has not yet commented on whether a vacation to Turkey this summer is realistic. As the “Bild” reports, the government is only planning to keep talking to the Turkish side. The Turkish Minister of Tourism Mehmet Ersoy intends to also discuss the hygiene concept with the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß.
Maas has already announced that the current global travel warning will be lifted at least for the European Union from June 15th. This should be replaced by individual travel advice for the respective travel countries. However, he also warned: “We should not be under the illusion that there can be a quick return to business as usual.”