Fears Turkey could be added to quarantine list as cases rise

Brits have flocked to Turkey in recent weeks as the country is one of few remaining on the government's "safe list" for travel.

But a rise in coronavirus cases has sparked fears that travel restrictions could soon be imposed in Turkey, which would require travellers to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

The government is due to announce the latest travel restrictions this afternoon, with Denmark expected to be added to the quarantine list, reports The Times.

Countries and territories can be taken off or added to the travel corridor list at any time.

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The latest countries to be removed from the list on Saturday, September 12, were French Polynesia, Hungary, Reunion and Portugal except Azores and Madeira.

There are fears that Turkey could soon follow suit.

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How many coronavirus cases are there in Turkey?

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According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Turkey recorded 23,090 cases of Covid-19 in the last 14 days to September 17.

The country has recorded a total of 296,391 positive cases to date and 7,249 people who tested positive for the virus have sadly died.

Are you currently on holiday in Turkey? Email charlotte.hadfield@reachplc.com or share your experience in the comments below.

Countries currently on the government's 'safe' list for travel

If you are returning to England from the countries listed below you do not currently have to self-isolate on arrival.

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Please note this information is correct at the time of publication but if you are viewing this article at a later date, you should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for the latest updates.

The latest travel restrictions are expected to be announced this afternoon.

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Azores
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cayman Islands
  • the Channel Islands

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  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Gibraltar
  • Germany
  • Greece (except the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos – if you arrive in England from any of these islands after 4am 9 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Madeira
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden (if you arrived in England from Sweden before 4am 12 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Vatican City State
  • Vietnam
  • Greenland

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