THE government has announced the latest changes to the UK's traffic light scheme, with countries being moved to the red list.

With Turkey being a popular destination, here is everything you need to know about a possible visit to the country.

Can I travel to Turkey?

Turkey remains on the red list, meaning Brits should not travel to the country.

Arrivals from red list countries must stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days, costing £2,285 per person, which also includes three Covid tests.

There are more than 50 countries on the red list, which include Mexico and the Maldives.

When will Turkey go on the amber list?

It was hoped that Turkey would be moved from the red list to the amber list, as cases continue to fall in the country.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the changes to the traffic light system earlier today, and Turkey remains on the red list.

The next update is in three weeks, so is expected to be on September 16 – and if cases continue to fall, could be removed.

What are the travel restrictions for Turkey?

Brits do not need to be vaccinated to travel to Turkey – passengers from the UK only need to have a negative test to enter.

However, there are limited direct flights between the UK and Turkey due the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel to the country based on Covid risks.

Turkey has lifted most lockdown restrictions, including all curfews.

Only mandatory masks and social distancing rules remain in the country, although this could be lifted from September.

Mass events have also reopened, meaning concerts are back on, and restaurants and cafes can serve customers with no capacity limits.


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