Russian ambassador urges insurance for Turkey travellers after 12 contract COVID-19

Twelve Russian nationals have contracted COVID-19 during their travels in Turkey, Russian Ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerhov, has said, urging tourists visiting the country to seek comprehensive travel health insurance that covers the virus.

“According to data from the Ankara embassy and the Antalya consulate, 12 Russian tourists have contracted COVID-19,’’ Duvar news site quoted Yerkov as telling Russian Rossiya 24 TV channel. “Two of these individuals have been hospitalised and 10 are being kept in isolation at a hotel.’’ 

Russian tourists began arriving in Turkey last month, after flights between the countries resumed following a months-long suspension over the coronavirus.

Yerhov urged Russian tourists visiting the country to take out health insurance that would cover treatment for COVID-19. 

One Turkish national who contracted the virus in Turkey experienced problems due to a lack of health insurance, the Russian ambassador said, but the patient was eventually provided with the necessary medical aid. 

Yerhov’s remarks arrive as the country is registering a spike in cases and deaths linked to the virus in recent weeks, prompting the government to reintroduce a series of protective measures that were scrapped in June. 

Turkey is a popular destination for Russian tourists, accounting for over 15 percent of all arrivals in the country in 2019, according to figures from the Culture and Tourism Ministry.