Berlin’s determination to maintain Turkey closed for German holidaymakers, preserving the nation among the many nations topic to an official travel warning by the German international ministry because of the Corona Virus pandemic is unjustified, the Turkish Embassy in Berlin stated.
“In our opinion, such a classification on no account corresponds to the target scenario, and Turkey doesn’t deserve such a classification,” the embassy stated in a press release Thursday.
“The similar applies to the travel warning,” it famous. “Turkish vacation areas have been affected simply as little as German coastal areas,” it identified.
The assertion comes three days after the German international ministry categorized Turkey and 130 different nations as dangerous for travel because of the Corona Virus pandemic. Germans getting back from these nations should endure a 14-day quarantine interval.
The German authorities final week prolonged the travel warning for nations exterior the European Union till Aug. 31 over ongoing issues linked to the pandemic however stated it should carry border controls to all of its neighbors by mid-June.
The embassy assertion comes after Turkish officers criticized the choice, stressing that areas equivalent to Antalya and the Aegean coast are protected vacation locations.
It additionally referred to the truth that Turkey has a excessive quantity of intensive care beds and is due to this fact effectively geared up to cope with outbreaks.
“Therefore, we hope and anticipate that the German authorities will take away the classification of Turkey as a danger space in addition to the travel warning for Turkey as quickly as doable,” the embassy stated.
Intensive talks have already taken place between the 2 nations over a doable partial lifting of the travel warning to save lots of the summer time season.
Turkey is the third hottest vacation vacation spot for Germans after Spain and Italy.
“Many EU members have been much more affected by the pandemic than Turkey and based on WHO (World Health Organization) statistics, the quantity of lively COVID-19 instances in Turkey is way decrease than in lots of EU nations,” the embassy stated.
Germany’s main tour operators have additionally known as on the federal government to carry the travel warning additionally for non-EU nations, like Turkey, which has efficiently managed the pandemic course of.
Turkey is one of the preferred travel locations for German holidaymakers. Nearly 5 million German vacationers traveled to Turkey final 12 months.