Plans to Issue COVID-19 Certificates for Tourism Destinations

According to Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister the Turkish government has launched an initiative to certificate COVID-19 tourism resorts. The Minister told a private broadcaster on 18 April 2020 they have started a certification process to determine the coronavirus-free zones.

The plan is to develop the scheme stage by stage and they hop to develop an internationally accepted certification system. A commission including officials from the health, transportation and agriculture ministries, held its first meeting last week with the Culture and Tourism Ministry last week. The hope is to conclude the certification system in the first week of May. The sterilization of tourism transportation vehicles will be done regularly, and transportation personnel will have to get pandemic training after undergoing health checks, according to Ersoy’s remarks.

Airports, hotels, restaurants, museums and archaeological sites will be redecorated to support social distancing rules. Health staff and equipment, including thermal cameras will have to be available on site. Tourists will also be required to show health documents from international authorities as required. Full story

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