UK holidaymakers have already started returning to Turkey for the first time in months, after the country was removed from the UK's red list.
Announced last week, the popular holiday hotspot was taken off the travel ban list, meaning trips could go ahead for the first time since May.
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Flights from the UK have also been restarting – Jet2 said they saw bookings increase by 1,000 per cent, and have launched more holidays to Antalya and Dalaman in response.
And while Brits are yet to return in their usual numbers, with 2.3 visiting in 2019 pre-pandemic, Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) said it expects at least 200,000 Britons to visit in the coming three-month period.
Dalaman Airport official Hamdi Güvenç spoke about the region of Mugla, explaining: "When we look at the pre-pandemic period, an average of 90,000 tourists from the UK visited Turkey in October.
"This figure is nearly 60,000 for now, but reservations still continue. We believe that we can reach pre-pandemic numbers again.
He added that as many as 1,000 people have booked holidays to the region in the past two days
As many as 1,000 people booked for holidays in Muğla over the past two days, he added, with Brit Peter Stevens saying he booked a holiday with his wife and child as soon as flights resumed.
Foreign tourists have been returning in droves to Turkey in recent months, hitting 4.36 visitors in June – a 21 month high – while nearly four million visited in August, according to Culture and Tourism Ministry data.
While the majority of arrivals are from Russia and Germany, there are high hopes for the return of Brits in time for the October half-term and Christmas holidays.
With holidays yet to return in full-force, this also means some amazing deals are on offer still.
Here are some of the biggest week-long holiday bargains, including cheap deals and inclusive packages:
- Thomas Cook seven-night holidays – from £158pp (or all-inclusive from £330pp)
- Jet2 seven-night holidays – from £249pp (or all-inclusive from £399pp)
- TUI seven-night holidays – from £282pp (or all-inclusive from £484pp)
- EasyJet seven-night holidays – from £369pp
Turkey is currently welcoming Brits who are fully vaccinated without the need for tests or quarantine on arrival, with Brits just needing a pre-arrival test and day two test when returning to the UK.
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