How Turkey is Adapting the Post-Corona Era?

Since March 2020, when the announcement of the first Covid-19 case took place, Turkey has passed through many changes in many aspects of daily life. The measures taken kept changing at specific times. The way people can socialize or the working hours keep changing either. The opening hours for museums were also unstable and open to a sudden change according to the state of the Covid-19 cases in Turkey. Health systems also had a different structure to deal with Covid-19. For example, some hospitals served only Covid patients. For a great deal of time, people did not leave their homes, often only cargo workers were present in the city. This extraordinary effort in Istanbul and all of Turkey in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak had been an attempt to get the least damage. The arrival of the summer months also created another perception among locals which also influenced the changes in curfew regulations. Here we have gathered the most recent travel-related Covid-19 updates for you.
On 31th May 2021 the Presidency Cabinet gathered and took some decisions for the normalization process in June 2021. The Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a new circular about the new regulations during June. Here we share the most recent travel-related covid-19 updates in Turkey.

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What city are you currently living in? What would you say if you had the opportunity to give a local suggestion for those who come to your city?

I live in Istanbul. We evolved from one chaos to the other. It is necessary to repeat the common proposal of the whole world; “Paid attention to hygiene”.

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Lockdown & Mobility

  • There will be a lockdown between the hours 10 pm – 5 am from Monday to Saturday in Turkey. On Sundays, there will be a full lockdown which will end at 5 am on Monday. The foreigners who are temporarily in Turkey for tourism activities are free from the lockdown, though.
  • On Sundays groceries, markets, bakeries, butchers, dried nuts sellers, and confectioneries will function between 10 am – 5 pm.
  • Local open markets will function between 7 am – 8 pm together with the specific social-distancing regulations.
  • There won’t be any restrictions on intercity trips during the time when there is no lockdown. There will be some restrictions on the intercity trips in lockdown time but it won’t apply to foreigners in tourism status. The locals can also travel but they will have to show the reservation code or ticket to the officer when needed.

Hotels & Accommodation

With the start of the summer season, hotels and other accommodation businesses were opened and they are still functioning. In hotels, new rules have been added to the usual hygiene rules: Now there are ozonation systems in the rooms. The entrance to the hotels is provided with thermal cameras. Hotels have switched from 100 percent occupancy to 50 percent. Thus, the social distance rule is easy to follow. Health checks are carried out daily for the personnel. Instead of chain hotels, boutique ones started to attract more attention. Instead of serving all guests in the common area, new personalized service types developed. This supports people who want to stay at the hotel to protect their isolation. Here are the new regulations:

  • The food & beverage services in accommodation facilities will start functioning again.
  • The locals will be free from lockdown limitations in the case they show the fully paid reservation confirmation for a resort facility.
  • Open space entertainment activities will not be allowed at the open spaces of the resort facilities.
  • There is no specific restriction in regards to going to the beach and swimming except the social-distancing regulations that some beaches have.
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What city are you currently living in? What would you say if you had the opportunity to give a local suggestion for those who come to your city?

We are in Istanbul. Our suggestion is to spend a day in a neighborhood and wander around there all day instead of visiting the fixed places they see on the internet. The Anatolian side of the city is especially perfect for this. There are so many beautiful attractions that we don’t want people to limit with standard 9-10 places.

Selva Afacan & Rıdvan Çobanoğlu – Walls Of Istanbul

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Outgoing & Activities

Hygiene mats, mask, and glove waste boxes, hand disinfectants, thermometers with thermal cameras are placed in many parts of public space, transportation vehicles, and many buildings such as museums and restaurants. Seats and similar furniture in resting areas are rearranged according to the social distance rule. Here are the new regulations:

  • Food and beverage places such as cafes, restaurants, and patisseries will function between 7 am – 9 pm from Monday to Saturday. Between 21-24, the packet service will be available. On Sundays, these places will function only for packet services between 7 am – 24.00 am.
  • According to the rules announced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, each museum now has a different visitor orientation plan. Accordingly, factors such as “visitor potential, physical condition, social distance, entrance and exit routes, average time spent by visitors in museums and ruins, museum’s collection type” are taken into consideration. However, cinemas are temporarily closed.
  • Open swimming pools, sports centers, amusement parks, and football fields will function with the specific social-distancing regulations
  • The enclosed swimming pools, hammams, saunas, massage salons, hookah cafes, and tavernas will be closed.
  • In seashores, gardens, and parks, with the condition of 2 meters distance, people will be able to wander or sit without masks.

Let’s keep in mind that the different cities might have different regulations in accordance with the Covid-19 risk. You can check the most recent risk updates on the Covid-19 Information Platform made by the Ministry of Health. The website is only in the Turkish language, however, you will easily get informed through the apparent maps and numbers anyway, click here. The visiting hours of the museums and tourist places might have been updated as well, don’t forget to check the time before visiting or just purchase a HeyTripster trip plan and everything is already planned for you.

Although it was good for us to stay in our homes during the coronavirus period, the global extent of this disease made us feel the same not only with the people around us but also with people we’ve never met on another continent. In addition, nature renewed itself as we stayed in our homes. Air and sea became a little bit clearer. We are now more sensitive to each other and to the environment. Our awareness of health has increased. Living healthy has become a trend. Everyone understood the importance of their families. We realized that our freedoms are also interdependent. In other words, the post-corona period will start a “new awareness” for all of us, giving more importance to our personal hygiene and healthcare systems.

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