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  1. COVID 19 Vaccinations Update

    By Morag Thomson, 24/01/21

    According to Daily News newspaper Turkey will soon receive 10 million doses of the Chinese CoronaVac. The Minister of Health, Dr. Fahrettin Koc stated that 6.5 million doses will arrive on Monday 25th January. This is the second batch to Turkey. The vaccination process began on 13th January after the first batch of 3 million doses was delivered. To date 1,200,000 people have been vaccinated. This number includes 600,000 health workers in the first two days.
    The Official Roll Out Schedule for the Vaccination is as follows :
    STAGE 1                 Health Workers
                                   All pharmacy employees
                                   All residents in elderly care homes over 80 years old 
                                   All staff in elderly care homes.
                                   Individuals aged 65 to 79 years old
    STAGE 2                 Priority sectors for maintaining service. This includes various Ministries, Education and Food Sectors, Prisons and Zabita.
                                   People aged between 50 and 64
    STAGE 3                People with chronic illnesses aged between 18 and 49 years old
                                   Other groups. Individuals aged between 18 and 49 years old.
    STAGE 4                 Those who did not get vaccinated in their given time slots.

  2. Travel Restrictions to the UK

    By Morag Thomson, 21/01/21

    From 4am on Monday 18th January 2021 all travel corridors to the UK were suspended. This includes travellers arriving by boat,plane or train. 
    If you  arrive from anywhere outside the UK you need to self isolate for 10 days. You must also have proof of a negative coronavirus test. This test must be taken within 3 days of travelling to England( there are separate guidelines for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).You can choose to take the test in Turkey or in another country en route to England. However, if you plan to do this you must make sure this is possible before you set out on your journey.
    These restrictions will be in place until at least 15th February.

  3. Hollywood comes to Antalya

    By Morag Thomson, 21/01/21

    Renowned British film director, Guy Ritchie, is shooting his latest film,formerly known as Five Eyes, in Antalya. His previous films have included Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Gentlemen and Snatch.
    The film,a spy thriller, will star British actor Jason Statham. This will be their fourth collaboration together.
    The filming will take place in the giant botanical park where EXPO 16 was held. Also in Kaleici, the old town, in the centre of Antalya. Other possible locations are Kemer and Koprulu Canyon.

  4. Latest Lockdown Measures in England

    By Morag Thomson, 06/01/21

    The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third national lockdown in England. He stated that this was necessary following the spread of the new variant. these measures are expected to remain until at least the middle of February.
    From Tuesday all schools and colleges closed to most students . Remote learning is now in place.
    Early years settings such as nurseries will remain open.
    People can not leave their house except for essential medical needs, food shopping , exercise and if they are unable to work from home eg construction workers.
    Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol is banned.
    Outdoor sports venues , such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms, must close.
    Boris Johnson also stated that 14 million of the most vulnerable in society would be vaccinated by mid February.

  5. Travelling from the United Kingdom to Turkey by Air

    By Morag Thomson, 06/01/21

    Turkey  suspended all direct flights from the UK effective from 2nd January 2021. This does not include transit passengers.Travel to Turkey via a third country is permitted. However, passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey. In addition, any passenger over the age of six, will have to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 
    The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated recently that all travel abroad is not allowed, unless there is a legally permitted reason to do so, such as for essential work purposes.

  6. SGK Health Insurance

    By Morag Thomson, 06/01/21

    The SGK office confirmed that the monthly premium payments have increased to 858.60TL. This took effect from 1st January 2021. 

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