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NEWS UK removes Turkey from red list requiring mandatory hotel quarantine after travel as of September 22

17 Sep 2021

In the update to the travel list it implements under the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures, the UK has removed Turkey from the red list which requires mandatory hotel quarantine after travel, as of September 22.

The UK Department of Transport has updated the “Travel List”, created as part of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. In the update, 8 countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya were excluded from the red list, where mandatory hotel quarantine applies to British citizens coming to the UK and people with a residence permit in the UK.


From October 4, the existing Traffic light system, which includes red, yellow and green countries, will be abolished and only a single "red list" will be in question. In addition, fully vaccinated passengers from countries that are not on the red list will be able to undergo lateral flow tests which are cheaper, instead of PCR tests. In a statement he made Transport Minister Shapps stated that they would introduce a new and simplified system for international travel from October 4, replacing the current approach with a single "red list". Those who come from the countries included in the red list must stay in hotels near the airport for 10 days, paying the cost themselves. According to the update made on the travel list on August 5, mandatory hotel quarantine fees, which previously costed £ 1,750, had been increased to £ 2,285 as of August 12.


The Times newspaper had written that Turkey, which was on the UK's red list of countries, would be included among the "travelable countries" with the new assessment to be made.

Turkey had been on the red list since May 17, when the countries were classified as red, yellow and green.

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