- "We'll exchange further information. We'll talk about our criteria," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters.
- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy will travel to Germany to discuss tourism.
- German Green Party politician Cem Özdemir has warned the German government against dealing with the Turkish government on tourist trips.
Turkey, and especially its coasts, attract tens of thousands of German tourists each year. Now the situation has changed with the prevalence of COVID-19. Turkey is on the list of countries the German Foreign Ministry has warned against visiting. Previously, nothing seemed to stop German tourists from going to the Turkish coast to spend their holidays.
Neither the widespread wave of arrests after the failed July 2016 coup in Turkey nor the verbal war between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have prevented German tourists from visiting Turkey. The Coronavirus, however, fundamentally changed the situation.
“We’ll exchange further information. We’ll talk about our criteria,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters. “I hope it’ll be possible for us to better assess the situation in Turkey with more information,” he added. Due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, hotels and beaches in Turkey are empty of tourists.
Turkish Foreign Minister’s Visit to Germany
Determining travel restrictions for German citizens planning to spend their holidays in Turkey has seriously damaged Turkey’s tourism industry. In this regard, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy will travel to Germany to discuss tourism.
The two ministers are scheduled to meet with German officials on Thursday, including Foreign Minister Maas and German Economy Minister Peter Altmeier. In addition, it is said that other issues, including the crisis and the conflict in Libya and Syria, are also on the agenda of the talks between Cavusoglu and Maas.
Travelers from countries with a high prevalence of coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 days after traveling to Germany. However, tourists traveling from Turkey to Germany can be exempted from quarantine after entering the country by showing that their coronavirus test if it is negative.
It should not be more than 48 hours since the Coronavirus test has been taken. The German government has recently lifted travel bans from 32 European countries to Germany. Travel restrictions have been extended to 160 other countries, including Turkey, until the end of August.
In addition, Turkey is on the list of 130 countries that, according to the German government, are facing a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus. After Spain and Italy, Turkey is the most popular tourist destination for German citizens. However, the number of tourists visiting the country has dropped sharply.
Statistics show that in May of this year alone, only 30,000 people traveled to Turkey to spend their holidays. Thus, the number of trips to Turkey in May was more than 99% lower than last year. Travel to Turkey has fallen by more than 66 percent in the first five months of this year.
German Green Party politician Cem Özdemir has warned the German government against dealing with the Turkish government on tourist trips. He said warnings of travel to Turkey due to Coronavirus should not be a victim of political bargaining with that country.