02 July 2020

Turkey opens airport COVID-19 testing centers

Turkey opens airport COVID-19 testing centers

On July 1, Turkey has opened testing centers for the novel coronavirus in its busy airports, primarily in the brand new Istanbul Grand Airport.1 and the rest in others in the country by July 15, said the Turkish tourism minister. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy announced the move earlier. Every passengers who travel to or from abroad can be tested for 110 Turkish liras, less than $20. The samples will be examined in the airport labs and the passengers will receive the results within 2 hours. Other measures are also taken at Turkish airports against the virus, including X-rays for measuring the body temperatures of every passanger. "Turkey's 75 million tourists and $65 billion income goal for 2023 will be achieved," said the Tourism Minister Ersoy. He added that more than 727 hotels and about 900 restaurants had applied for a "Safe Tourism Certification" that would indicate they had taken standard measures to prevent COVID-19 infections. He also noted that the number of public beaches available in the country's southern tourist hotspot province Antalya would increase every year.