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Number of foreigners visiting Turkey more than doubled in August

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey more than doubled in August

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey more than doubled in August, official data showed Friday, in a major bounce back from a year ago when strict COVID-19 lockdown measures were still in place.

To the relief of holidaymakers and travel agencies, British tourists have started returning to Turkey, after the country was last week removed from the United Kingdom’s red travel list that mandated travelers to quarantine on their return.

The foreign arrivals hit nearly 4 million last month, up 119% year-on-year, according to Culture and Tourism Ministry data. The figure hit a 21-month high of 4.36 million in July, bolstered by the gradual easing of the coronavirus-related travel restrictions around the world. Over 2 million had arrived in June, more than doubling the May figure.

Last month’s arrivals were still 37% down from August 2019, before the pandemic dealt a major blow to international travel.

The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya welcomed some 46% (1.8 million) of all foreign visitors this August.