Turkey remains off EU’s safe travel list amid COVID-19 outbreak

Duvar English

Turkish citizens are set to be banned from Europe –again– as the EU has reviewed its list of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel.

In their evaluations, EU officials said that Turkey will remain in the orange category (essential travel only, no holidays) as the country has more than 16 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population, which makes it “a risky country,” BBC Turkish service said in a report on Aug. 31.

The EU updates its safe travel list every 15 days and the new list takes effect on Sept. 1.

Apart from Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, the EU will also include Hungary and Slovia in its “orange category” travel list. Also, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina are included in the “orange category” list.

The listing is only a recommendation; not all of the 27 EU member countries are applying its provisions.

Turkey on Aug. 31 registered new 1,587 cases of the COVID-19, taking the overall tally to 270,133. The country also registered 44 new fatalities from the virus.

“Today we reached the highest number of daily tests. More than 110,000 tests were carried out and 1,587 new patients were identified. Our sorrow over the loss of lives is beyond words,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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