Turkey pushes to ease pandemic-driven international travel restrictions, reports say

Turkey is pressing to ease international travel restrictions and open its borders with the world after the initial global wave of infections caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to reports by Reuters.

Berlin and Ankara’s top diplomats are in talks to review travel restrictions between their two countries, the agency said, citing a statement from the German Foreign Ministry.

Germany is waiting for a European Union recommendation before taking any decisions, the statement said, stopping short of giving further information on the matter.

“We see that Turkey is making great efforts, but I can’t give a forecast on how and when a decision will be taken,” it said.

Separately, Ankara announced it would open specific border-crossings with neighbouring Iraq and Iran “to help boost trade as coronavirus containment measures are eased”.

“Turkey will open its Gürbulak border gate with Iran and the Habur border gate with Iraq this week,” Reuters quoted the Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan as saying on Wednesday, who added that a Customs Union agreement with the European Union should also be updated.