Turkey remains red

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There has been widespread media interest in the fact that Turkey was not added to the amber list yesterday afternoon but, instead remains on the red list.

Bodrum is one of the most popular destinations for Britons.

For the last couple of months it is has been on the red list which has deterred most people from holidaying there because of the hassle of quarantining in government nominated hotels on their return to the UK.

But numbers have been consistently falling in Turkey and are now said to be, according to the Turkish government, to be below those in the UK.

So why wasn’t it switched to amber as just about everybody was expecting it to be?

We don’t know the answer until the government explains why it wasn’t shifted so, holidaymakers must endure the hassle of quarantining in government appointed hotels and to pay for that quarantine themselves.

When the next review takes place on the 16th of September, the travel industry – and urkey – will be hoping that Turkey moves to the amber list so that some holidays can be planned before autumn is over.

Turkey, being almost an all-year round destination, could still attract many thousands of people who will consider a September, Autumn or even a New Year’s break in a country where you could not only enjoy the sun but go skiing up in the mountains as well.

For sunshine, the popular resorts of Dalaman, Marmaris, Fethiye Antalya, Kusadasi and Bodrum usually remain above 20 degrees from September to November and sometimes into December. December and January are the colder and wetter months of the calendar.

For skiers, Uludag is the oldest and most popular alpine resort in Turkey and is just under 150 miles away from the airport in Istanbul. The ski area is above about eighteen hundred metres and is popular from December to April. In all there are are more than twenty resorts open for winter sports from November onwards.

As for Ankara and Istanbul, it doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit, there is always something to see and do.

It just means that many people will wait three weeks to see if they can still have a Turkish break without all the hassle brought on by being a redcountry.

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