Keeping the daily coronavirus infections under tractable margins, Turkey is close to normalising tourism with strict social distancing measures in place.

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry on Monday stated that the country had hosted almost 5.5 million foreign visitors until August amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the harsh impact of coronavirus on tourism worldwide, Turkey’s tourist footfall decreased by 78 percent from 24.7 million, when compared to the same period of last year.

elderly couple at seaside in summer
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Like other countries at the start of the pandemic, Turkey imposed a combination of lockdowns and followed it with a step by step lifting of curbs on social mobility. Once it brought the rate of daily infections under a thousand mark, it slowly opened up its economy. 

In July, the country hosted 932,927 foreign visitors. Last year, it was dramatically different, and something closer to 6.5 million, if not more, in the same period of the year. However, the number was 214,768 more than in June.  Please read the whole article here:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/turkey-hosted-a-million-tourists-in-july-despite-the-ongoing-pandemic-39259

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