Health Tourism Can Fully Resume

Turkey’s Health Minister has announced full health tourism in the country can resume. The country had allowed health tourism to partially resume with nationals from 31 countries already but this has now been extended to nationals from any country. Patients who need major or minor surgery or reproductive therapy, organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplants will be allowed to receive these treatments in the country. Patients needing robotic surgery, bariatric surgery and interventional radiology will also be allowed to receive treatment in the country. Patients and companions will be able to enter the country by land as well as air. Those flying into the country will be allowed to fly into Istanbul airport, Ankara airport, and Antalya. Those entering the country by land will be able to enter through the Kapıkule border gate with Bulgaria, Sarp border gate with Georgia and Habur border gate with Iraq. Hospitals accepting international patients will have to obtain an International Health Tourism Authorization Certificate which will be issued by the Health Ministry. To ensure patient safety, a dedicated floor or corridor or another hospital area will have to be reserved for these patients, so as no other patient or companion comes into contact with them. Full story

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