Ukraine is a strategic partner for Turkey in many areas including tourism. The latest full lockdown in Turkey will not affect international tourists.
Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said this during the Ukraine-Turkey working subgroup meeting on tourist rights and tourism security. The meeting held in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko.
Turkey has imposed a full lockdown from April 29 until May 17 to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The new measures will cover the entire holy Muslim month of Ramadan, as well as three days of the Eid festival.
Turkey is using safe tourism certification
Ersoy said that Turkey is using safe tourism certification, which has been enhanced this year. He recalled that professionals working in the tourism sector, such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and airlines, are being vaccinated.
"International tourists freely tour with their passports, visit museums and archaeological sites. Being a tourist is advantageous in Turkey," Ersoy stressed.
According to him, Turkey's tourism services will be offered in a more controlled and healthier manner compared to last year.
Citing data from the embassies in Turkey, Ersoy said the infection rate among tourists who visited Turkey and returned to their countries is very low. "This is proof of the reliability of certification and the measures taken," he noted.
Ukraine welcomes cultural projects
In turn, Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko noted the interest in the Turkish experience in the tourism sector during the pandemic.
He stressed that Ukraine welcomes the increase in the number of flights between the countries and the exchange of cultural projects.
"We support the opening of Ukrainian audio guides at important tourist sites in Turkey. We are also interested that Ukrainian-speaking tour guides to start working, of course, after the pandemic," the minister said.
During the meeting, the parties signed a joint declaration to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on the issues of observing the rights and safety of tourists.
UIA to continue flights
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) announced that it would continue operating regular and charter flights to Turkey amidst the local lockdown.
The airline reported that there had been no increase in passenger requests to cancel flights or postpone the date of departure to Turkish cities. The air carrier notes the dynamics of sales growth for relevant destinations due to the upcoming May holidays in Ukraine.