Germany tells Turkey travel warning will be regularly reviewed
Germany will keep reviewing travel advice for Turkey, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told his Turkish counterpart on Thursday, saying decisions were coordinated with the European Union (EU) and based on reliable infection data and the health situation, Reuters reports.
Turkey is disappointed that the EU has excluded it, along with the United States and others, from a list of countries deemed safe for non-essential travel. Ankara has called on the bloc to correct its “mistake”.
Speaking to reporters after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Berlin, Maas said reviews of the situation took place every two weeks. “This is about how we guarantee safe tourism in the corona crisis,” said Maas, adding that the EU had taken first steps in opening up tourism.
“Further steps will follow,” he said, making clear that family visits were excluded from the travel warning. That is crucial for the community of about 3 million people with Turkish roots but Germany is also a major source of tourism for Turkey.