Category: News – Turkey

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Turkey ceases all international flights in response to coronavirus crisis

The Turkish authorities have extended their partial ban on flights to now cover all overseas destinations. The decision to ground all international flights to contain the coronavirus pandemic was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, 27 March. The president gave the news at a press conference after meeting with the country’s leading medical […]

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Turkish Embassy in Britain advises citizens to return to Turkey while they can

Turkish nationals in Britain wishing to return to Turkey have been advised to arrange their travel home quickly, hinting that a ban on flights between the two countries is imminent. An announcement posted on the Turkish Embassy in London’s social media pages today has urged Turkish citizens currently in the United Kingdom for a short […]

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Turkey suspends flights to 9 European countries in bid to contain coronavirus

Turkey announced on Friday that it was halting all flights to and from nine European states, including France and Germany, as it ramped up measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. The development came after there were three more recorded cases of coronavirus in Turkey, bringing the total to five. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told […]

First cases of Coronavirus confirmed in Turkey and North Cyprus

The first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed by officials in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). On Tuesday, 10 March, a 65-year-old German tourist visiting the TRNC tested positive for COVID-19. She had been staying at Salamis Bay Conti Hotel in Mağusa, which has since been quarantined. TRNC Health Minister […]

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Inspirational Paralympian swimmer Sümeyye Boyacı honoured as Barbie doll

The achievements of Turkish swimming champion Sümeyye Boyacı is being celebrated with a doll made in her likeness. European and World Series 50m backstroke champion Boyacı is one of several sportswomen from around the world to be honoured by popular toy brand Barbie. Others in the new series of ‘Shero’ dolls include British World Champion […]

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UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab offers “solidarity” to Turkey over Syria and its fight against terror

Dominic Raab, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, held talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara on Tuesday. The meeting covered a range of issues, including growing trade between the two countries, and current regional and international developments, with Syria topping the agenda. Following the meeting, the two ministers […]

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At least 22 Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib airstrike by Syrian regime forces

More than 20 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces on Thursday night. The news was confirmed by Rahmi Doğan, the Governor of Hatay, whose province borders Syria’s Idlib region. Governor Doğan added that there were also a number of injured troops, several seriously, who had been brought across […]

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Turkey to end visa requirement for British tourists

Starting next month, British citizens will be able to travel to Turkey without a visa, a spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Responding to a question about visa exemptions, Hami Aksoy announced that Turkey was lifting visa restrictions for tourists from Britain and five other countries – Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. […]