Turkey imposed a ban on the entry of foreign citizens from 14 countries as part of the fight against the spread of a new type of coronavirus (Covid-19), as Anadolu news agency reports.
Earlier, on February 3, Turkey suspended flights with China, on February 23 with Iran and on February 29 - with Iraq, South Korea and Italy.
Starting at 08:00 on March 14, Turkey imposed a ban on the crossing of checkpoints on the country's borders to all passengers arriving from Germany, Spain, Norway, France, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The corresponding directive was signed on March 13 by the head of the republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs Suleiman Soilu, following a joint meeting with the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koja, the Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Jahit Turhan.
The ban will be valid until April 17, 2020.
In addition to the residents of the countries mentioned, the ban applies to third-country nationals who have visited these countries over the past 14 days.
According to the document, the departure from Turkey to these countries is also temporarily suspended. At the same time, there are no restrictions on the departure from Turkey of citizens of Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands.
All foreign ships entering the ports of Turkey must provide lists of the last 10 ports in which the ships were located. If the ships have visited the ports of China, Iran, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, or transported the citizens of these countries over the past 14 days, the necessary measures will be taken.