Turkey on Germany’s extended travel warning list

Germany has added Turkey to an extended travel warning for more than 160 countries outside the EU, German the Local news site reported on Wednesday.

The new warning, which is valid until September 14th, was decided on during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and is intended to deter people from non-essential travel.

The current warning had been set to expire on August 31st, but the "very dynamic development" of the pandemic required continued vigilance, the Local said, citing a foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying.

The move arrives as Turkey registers a soaring number of COVID-19 infections, returning to pandemic restrictions lifted in June, when Germany lifted a travel ban to parts of Turkey.

The country’s Health Ministry recorded 1,502 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Tuesday, crossing the 1,500 threshold for the first time since June 16.

Germany provided the second highest number of tourists to Turkey last year after Russia. The country is home to more than 3 million citizens of Turkish origin.