France moves Turkey back to red travel list

France has moved Turkey back to its red travel list, designating the country a high-risk country for COVID-19, Turkish NTV network reported on Friday.

Travelers arriving in the country from Turkey will face stricter regulations as part of the categorization as of August 28, including self-isolation, but travelers who have received a double dose of a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine will be exempt from the policy, NTV said.

The move comes as Turkey registers over 19,000 new infections daily, according to Health Ministry data, up from less than 5,000 per day in early July, when the government eased movement restrictions on the population.

The decision from France follows that of the British government, which on Thursday decided against taking Turkey off of its red list in its traffic light system for COVID-19 safety.

Turkey was expecting to be removed from Britain’s travel red list, in a bid to salvage its vital tourism industry, which has taken a bad hit due to the pandemic and was looking to boost bookings for the sector in the late season.

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