Germany reimposes travel warning on Turkey in hit to tourism

The German government has reimposed a blanket warning against travel to Turkey, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The decision ends exemptions for several resorts on Turkey’s southern coastline. The measure will apply from Nov. 9, the government said.

Turkey is seeking to attract foreign visitors to the country to help it limit damage to its tourism industry, hit hard by the CONVID-19 pandemic. The Turkish government needs income from tourism to help finance a current account deficit and to ease selling pressure on the embattled lira. The country earned a record $35 billion from tourism last year.

Responding to concerted Turkish diplomatic pressure, Germany lifted a warning on travel to Turkey’s top holiday destinations in early August. The warnings were dropped for regions that included tourist resorts such as Bodrum, Fethiye, Kuşadası, Kemer, Side, Alanya and Belek.

Germany is calling on its citizens to refrain from visits to Turkey after announcing a partial lockdown on its own population this week due to a spike in COVID-19 infections.