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Coronavirus COVID-19 situation

Coronavirus or COVID-19 came alive in December 2019 and has spread to at least 190 countries and territories. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a pandemic. The number of globally confirmed cases are over 1 million while the death toll now exceeds 53 thousand and rising. Since the situation of COVID-19 has been rapidly evolving and the number of infections has increased substantially in numerous countries worldwide, further restrictions are implemented regarding the hosting of events, congresses, business and leisure travel by governments and health authorities in order to contain this coronavirus. Some counties have already banned sporting events, temporarily shuttering museums and other tourist attractions because of the coronavirus, even took measures of partial or complete curfews.

As COVID-19 affects travel plans around the world, if you are traveling make sure that your destination has not restricted your arrival before embarking on an international trip, keeping in mind that the situation is evolving quickly and new restrictions are likely.

In this climate, travel may not be your first thought. As licensed tour guides in Turkey we want you to know the safety and wellbeing of our guests and associates is our top priority. Our hearts and thoughts are with all those affected by COVID-19, as well as their families, friends and loved ones. Like you, we have been moved by its vast and growing impact. We understand that your travel plans might change over the next few months and at short notice, so we are waiving our cancellation fees for any guided tour booked through AllAboutTurkey.com from now until 30th June 2020.

How to Protect Yourself?

These basic steps can help you reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others;

  • Stay at home if you can. Work from home. If you do need to travel by plane, it's a good idea to use alcohol wipes to clean tray tables, bathroom handles and other parts of the plane that you might touch that are not regularly sanitized by the flight crew.
  • Wash your hands - wash your hands - wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid public transportation when possible. Limit nonessential travel.
  • Skip social gatherings; don't go to crowded places, any dense area of people will increase risk of exposure.
  • Keep social distance; maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and others.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Stay informed. Listen to local authorities and official health organizations

COVID-19 situation in Turkey

Is it safe to travel to tourist spots in Turkey? Well, the answer is the same as all over the world...

First Novel Coronavirus case in Turkey was seen on 11th of March 2020 and first loss of life was on 18th of March. As of 2 April 2020, there are 356 confirmed deaths in the country and the total number of cases are 18 thousand out of 125 thousand tested.

Turkey closed its border gates to incoming visitors and suspended all flights from/to 107 countries. Foreigners and Turkish citizens coming in from abroad have to spend 14 days of quarantine under the surveillance of health ministry.

At the moment there is no state of emergency or complete curfew due to the coronavirus, except some inter-city travel restrictions by air and land. Citizens are requested to self-quantine at home for 2 to 3 weeks. Citizens of 65+ years of age are restricted to go outside homes. Schools and universities, cinemas and theaters, cafeterias, bars and nightclubs, shopping malls and many shops, swimming pools and gyms, stadiums, wedding halls, mosques are closed. Restaurants don't accept seated clients but only take away or online orders. All sports events and meetings or congresses are suspended or postponed. Supermarkets and groceries, pharmacies, hospitals are open.

For more reading on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel, please check below official links:

Coronavirus disease travel advice by WHO
COVID-19 travel warning by CDC
Coronavirus Disease 2019 by US Department of State
Travel advice Coronavirus by UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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