British envoy ‘impressed’ by Turkey’s health certificate programme

The British ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday praised measures taken by Turkish authorities to make the country a safe holiday destination, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

"I was impressed to see how strictly the measures were being applied at the airports and hotels to ensure the safety of tourists," Dominick Chilcott said.

Turkey is seeking to revive its vital $35 billion tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with a new “healthy tourism certificate” programme.

The certificates are awarded by international institutions and set criteria for health and hygiene in airlines, airports and across other transportation, as well as at hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Britain last week removed its recommendation against travelling to Turkey due to its "success to date in controlling the virus and having seen the rigour of the 'safe tourism certification' scheme".

"I hope that, after the recent decision of the UK government, Turkey will continue to remain a top destination for British tourists," Chilcott said.

However, Turkey was excluded from the European Union’s list of countries for safe travel, as the European Council deemed Turkey’s containment of the coronavirus worse than the EU average.