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Turkey vacation: about 350,000 corona infections suppressed - the Federal Foreign Office is now reacting


Apparently, the number of corona cases in Turkey is much higher than previously assumed. Due to the increasing number of cases, the Federal Foreign Office is now adjusting its travel warning.

Apparently, the number of corona cases in Turkey is much higher than previously assumed.

Due to the increasing number of cases, the Federal Foreign Office is now adjusting its travel warning.

  • The


    is one of the most popular holiday destinations of the Germans.

  • But now it is clear: the situation in Turkey is much more


    than previously assumed.

  • The Foreign Office is now issuing a travel warning for the whole country.

Vacation despite Corona: Government resolves travel warning for all of Turkey

Update from October 28, 2020

: The Federal Foreign Office is now reacting to the increasing number of corona cases in Turkey and imposing a travel warning for the entire country - it should be


from November 9


This means that the exception regulations for the

popular holiday regions of Antalya, Aydin, Izmir and Muğla



longer applicable.

From the point of view of the Robert Koch Institute, Turkey has had the status of a risk area since June 15.

From November 9th, those returning to Germany must in any case take a 10-day quarantine, which can only be shortened by a negative corona test after five days.

Turkey wants to disclose all corona cases soon - probably withholding 350,000 infections

Update from October 21, 2020

: After more and more doubts about Turkey's official corona statistics, the World Health Organization recently asked the government to provide the correct numbers.

The Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca had previously admitted that from July 27, the number of infections was no longer published, but only those of those who actually developed symptoms and had to be treated.

As a result, around

350,000 infections have been concealed

in the past few months

, as Der Spiegel writes, citing estimates by the Turkish Medical Association.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca therefore wants to make the correct number of corona cases public this week.

According to Spiegel, he justified his approach with the protection of “national interests”, which is just as important as health protection for the population.

The British government has meanwhile responded and introduced a 14-day quarantine for all travelers from Turkey.

The Foreign Office in Germany is currently sounding out the situation, but is

taking the reports "very seriously,"

as Spiegel writes.

Four Turkish holiday regions are currently excluded from the travel warnings.

Turkey cheats Corona numbers nicely: What does that mean for vacationers?

Update from October 8, 2020

: Turkey continues to be largely one of the risk areas.

However, the federal government lifted the travel warning some time ago for popular tourist


such as

Aydin, Izmir, Mugla and Antalya

, as the areas had few new infections and a special hygiene concept.

Now it comes out: Since July 29th, Turkey no longer counts the number of those who tested positive, but only the number of those who actually show symptoms.

According to "Südwest Presse", this transforms the officially 1,400 infected people into a whopping

10,000 cases a day

- a huge difference.

This emerges from an interview in the newspaper “Habertürk” with the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, who spoke of around 100,000 PCR tests per day, of which around 10 percent would be positive.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now also responded and is calling on Turkey to report the number of corona infections in accordance with WHO guidelines in order to bring the data collection into line.

Harmonizing data reporting on COVID-19 across the European Region

- World Health Organization Turkey (@WHOTurkey) October 2, 2020

So far, the Federal Foreign Office has not yet adjusted its travel warning for Turkey.

This means that the holiday regions of Aydin, Izmir, Mugla and Antalya are still excluded.

Nevertheless, the office advises against

unnecessary, tourist trips


However, anyone who returns to Germany from a risk area within Turkey must be able to present a negative corona test or go directly to a 14-day quarantine.

The test result must not be older than 48 hours.

Turkey itself also requires

a negative corona test


leaving Turkey for Germany


This is part of the government's special health concept.

This test, too, must not be older than 48 hours and costs the equivalent of 15 euros at a certified laboratory or 30 euros at the airport.

Anyone who tests positive in Turkey must go to quarantine or medical treatment on site.

Turkey introduces mandatory outdoor masking nationwide - with one exception

Update from September 9th, 2020

: The holiday joy of Turkey travelers is now getting a damper: The Turkish government announced the

nationwide mask requirement

on September



It applies to all 81 provinces, affecting nearly all public areas such as multiple media, citing the Turkish news agency "Andolu" report. These include roads, parks, public gardens, picnic areas, factories and the workplace. There are also

expressly beaches

of This regulation is affected, as the agency writes. However, the comparison portal Check24 declares that at least


beaches are

not included

, which means that the mask requirement currently "only" applies on public beaches.

The Robert Koch Institute currently classifies Turkey as a risk area.

Only the provinces of Aydin, Izmir and Muğla, which are popular with tourists, are excluded from the travel warning

and Antalya.

Turkey vacation: These are the insider tips in the open vacation regions

Original message from August 14, 2020

: Turkey lovers don't have to wait any longer: The travel warning for the four provinces of Aydin, Izmir and Muğla in the Aegean region and for Antalya in the Mediterranean region has been lifted.

Turkey bookings have increased again since the travel warning was lifted

The travel booking portal has recorded a high volume of search queries in Turkey for many weeks despite the travel warning.

Turkey has been the

most booked destination

since the travel warning was lifted


"Since the German government announced the end of the travel warning (August 4th, 2020), we have seen an enormous increase in Turkey bookings - they have even tripled compared to the previous week.

Our customers have been waiting for the announcement and now Turkey is one of the most booked destinations again.

On the first two days, Turkey was even number one among the travel destinations booked, ”explains Gabriela Mendoza, Country Director Germany.

For this reason, we would like to introduce you to the

most beautiful insider tips for Turkey

, to which vacationers can travel without hesitation. 

Vacation despite Corona: the Turkish Provence

The purple lavender fields run almost endlessly through

the landscape of Kuyucak


Around two hours' drive from the seaside resort of Antalya in the Aydin province, Kuyucak impresses holidaymakers with a

play of colors that is well worth seeing


Depending on the incidence of the sun, the lavender fields change from a rich purple to a delicate pink.

A visit at harvest time in July is particularly worthwhile, when the scent of lavender sweeps through the entire region. 


Kuyucak, Turkey

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Surf vacation in Turkey at Kleopatra Beach

To the west of Alanya is the three kilometer long and 60 meter wide

Kleopatra Beach

, which was awarded the Blue Flag for its excellent water quality.

Families with children can also enjoy the gently sloping bank and

the extensive range of water sports


Holidaymakers can get a small snack or a cold ice cream in one of the numerous beach bars. 


Cleopatra Beach, Turkey

© pixabay

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Turkey vacation despite Corona: City trip in Gazipasa

While Alanya attracts a large number of tourists,

Gazipasa, 40 kilometers away, is

rather unknown.

Here vacationers enjoy the great location between the foothills of the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

There are numerous natural and

deserted beaches in the region


From the coastline, visitors can take a walk on the beach to the harbor promenade.

Opposite the port are the ruins of the ancient city of Selinus, where parts of the city wall, aqueduct and theater are still preserved.

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Butterfly Bay near Fethiye - a must on vacation in Turkey

In the south of the country lies the

Kelebek Vadisi butterfly bay near Fethiye


Visitors can enjoy a unique panorama thanks to the up to 350 meter high cliffs around the beach.

Nature lovers can explore up to 80 species of butterflies in this idyllic location.

Those who take a walk in the center of the valley will enjoy a

50 meter high waterfall

and a romantic ambience.


Butterfly Bay, Turkey

© Shutterstock

Vacation in Turkey: Mediterranean romance in Foca

The residents of Izmir are drawn to the quiet Aegean coast at weekends, but not to well-known places like Marmaris or Kuşadası.

Because if you want rest and relaxation, you go to



In the fishing village, vacationers relax on the sandy beaches or take a

stroll along the harbor promenade


Since the navy was stationed in the adjacent bay for many years, the expansion of the city was prevented and with it mass tourism.


Foca, Turkey

© Shutterstock

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Turkey vacation: surfing at Bitez Beach

Bitez Beach,

west of Bodrum,

is an insider tip for surfers


If you want to perfect your surfing skills or just want to rent equipment, you will find the right contact person in the water sports schools.

The areas for swimmers and athletes are clearly separated by a delimitation in the sea.

Thanks to a playground and the gently sloping bank, the beach is also ideal for families.


Bitez Beach, Turkey

© Shutterstock

Switching off on the Manavgat River in Turkey

Side is the epitome of Turkish tourism.

But the

Manavgat River

shows that the region also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape.

The river stretches around 93 kilometers from the eastern foothills of the Taurus Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea.

At the Oymapinar and Manavgat reservoirs, visitors can

rent excursion boats and canoes

to get to the opposite bank.

Due to the high flow speed, rafting is also very popular with holidaymakers.

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Vacation in Turkey despite Corona: rock tombs from Myra

In the town of Myra, which is now called Demre, holidaymakers can explore exceptionally well-preserved

Lycian rock tombs

from around 400 BC.

Carved directly into a mighty rock, the city offers a great sight from a distance.

The numerous buildings - decorated with sculptures and reliefs - in combination with the steep rock face create a special place.

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Coronavirus: These rules apply to holidays in Turkey

Generally there is still a travel warning for Turkey.

The provinces Aydin, Izmir and Muğla as well as Antalya are excluded from this, provided that the

comprehensive tourism and hygiene concept

decreed by the Turkish government is strictly adhered to

This includes, among other things, a mandatory PCR test for all travelers in Turkey within 48 hours before their return trip to Germany.

The travelers have to bear the costs of around 15 euros in a certified laboratory or 30 euros at the airport.

Those who have tested positive must go to quarantine or medical treatment in Turkey.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

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