Thousands of holidays cancelled as Turkey added to Covid quarantine list

Up to 50,000 half-term and winter-sun breaks will be scrapped as UK government closes Turkey travel corridor in surprise move

Tens of thousands of holidays to Turkey are being cancelled after the UK government added the country to the quarantine list on Thursday night, dashing hopes of a boost for the travel industry from late summer sun and October half-term breaks.

The announcement was tweeted by transport secretary Grant Shapps, stating that all arrivals into the UK from Turkey would need to self-isolate for 14 days from 4am on 3 October, along with Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Shapps justified the move by saying that the Turkish Health Ministry had been “defining the number of new Covid cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations such as WHO and ECDC”.

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