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Turkiye eases covid restrictions for Indian tourists


Turkiye has relaxed all entry requirements for visitors, the Turkiye Tourism Board said on Monday (June 6th). The country expects to receive a large number of Indian travelers this year, as reported by PTI.

According to the authorities’ statement, former Indian citizens had to provide either an RT-PCR test report or a vaccination certificate. However, travelers from India no longer need to provide proof of vaccination, negative RT-PCR test results or proof of recovery from the disease.

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Turkiye’s tourism industry generated around $25 billion in revenue in 2021, up 103% since the start of the pandemic and the figure is expected to be higher this year.

According to the statement, the country welcomed 52 million tourists in the pre-pandemic year of 2019 and generated $34.5 billion in tourism revenue.

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Last year, according to the tourism authority, the country was announced as one of the top destinations for Free Independent Travelers (FTI) and Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Events (MICE) travelers worldwide. worldwide with more than 30 million international visitors. . Of these, 50,000 were travelers from India, which was considered a significant number given the pandemic.

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Turkiye has high expectations to welcome more Indian travelers than before, with Turkish airlines and Indigo restarting direct international flights from India.

The country expects its visitor graph to match 2019 levels by the end of 2022 as international demand increases and people are ready to travel abroad and explore new countries and destinations. .

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