Tourism is at its peak during the summer season and Turkey has introduced new restrictions for passengers arriving from abroad to contain the spread of the coronavirus, due to which many Pakistanis got stranded at Turkey airport.
Following the new measures from the official authorities, passengers departing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan will require to be quarantined for 14 days in locations assigned by the governorships, according to a statement shared by Turkish Airlines on Tuesday.
As a result, Pakistanis who embarked on their travel journey to Turkey a day before the coronavirus restrictions were announced, were left stranded at the airport.
A foreign office spokesperson (FO) commenting on the situation at hand said, “Pakistani passengers had begun their travel before the new rules and regulations were announced,” he further added that the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara and Consul General in Istanbul were in contact with the stranded Pakistanis.
The FO also said that, at Pakistan’s request, Turkish authorities have decided to waive the new coronavirus regulations for Pakistanis who traveled to Turkey on June 1.
He clarified that passengers who were stranded at the Istanbul Airport were allowed to enter Turkey after COVID-19 testing.
Meanwhile, passengers from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore will only be required to submit a negative PCR result 72 hours before entering Turkey.