The Associated Press Staff. The video, in English, was published Thursday on the social media s of the tourism ministry's official guide and was taken down later that day without explanation. It aimed to promote travel to Turkey as a "safe haven" for foreigners and showed unmasked tourists being served in hotels on the Turkish coast. Turkey itself is in the final days of a full coronavirus lockdown and the government has ordered people to stay home and businesses to close amid a huge surge in new daily infections.
But millions of workers are exempt and so are foreign tourists. Opposition parties and critics on social media said the promotional video was an insult to Turks. A hashtag calling for the tourism minister to re was trending Friday on Twitter. Users interpreted the ad's message as Turks being subservient to foreigners.
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Tourism workers have been prioritized to receive vaccinations and the country's foreign minister promised "we will vaccinate all people that tourists may see by the end of May. Many other Turks are still waiting for their turn for a vaccine shot. About Turkey's lockdown restrictions, which were expanded to stricter measures in late April, have brought daily infection s down from above 62, to around 11, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the aim is to lower new cases to below 5, a day in order for tourism to begin.
On Friday, Erdogan said Turkey would "move relatively cautiously" until end of May but would relax precautions in June. More details on his "controlled normalization" plan would be announced Monday.
The president added that the government was helping the tourism sector and small businesses who have been most affected by the restrictions. Turkey is courting international tourists during an economic downturn and needs the foreign currencies that tourism brings to help the economy as the Turkish lira continues to sink. International tourists have been enjoying an empty Istanbul and having Turkey's famous beaches and historical sites all to themselves, while Turks have been told to stay home and face expensive fines if they break rules.
Russia, however, has suspended flights to Turkey until June 1 and the U. Turkey requires mandatory quarantines for people who visited India, Brazil or South Africa, but other travelers can begin their vacations straightaway.
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