Travellers demand Turkey is pulled from red list to amber list

A petition has been launched to put Turkey on the yellow list after staying on the red list for most of the year.

Turkey was added to the Red List in May and has stayed there after constant speculation about its deletion.

Travel experts said Turkey should move from the red list to the yellow list this month due to lower coronavirus rates and higher vaccination rates.

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The Turkish embassy even hinted that it would leave the amber list last month.

The country remains on the red list, however, and now more than 40,000 people have asked the government to change it to the yellow list.

The petition launched by Gul Gokyokus states: “Check the current status of Turkey and remove Turkey from the red list for international travel

“There are millions of people living in the UK who have to visit their families in the summer.”

The government replied: “The government has taken decisive action to put Turkey on the“ Red List ”of high risk countries on May 12th. International visitors will be denied entry to England, while British, Irish and resident third country nationals who have “left or entered Turkey” in the 10 days prior to their arrival in England must be quarantined for 10 days in a government approved facility be asked.

“The decision to impose additional measures on Turkey was made to prevent the import of worrying variants and to protect the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination program at a critical time. These are temporary measures that are under constant review and by the government “believes that they will only be maintained as long as the level of risk warrants the measures.

“As with all of our coronavirus actions, we are constantly reviewing the Red List and protecting the health of the UK public remains our priority.”

When the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, a debate will be initiated in the House of Commons.

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