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Turkey Suspending International Flights

Turkish Government announced the suspension of all international flights to and from Turkey as well as strict monitoring of domestic travel. All passengers on domestic flights are required to submit a travel permit document obtained from the governorship. Turkey is the last country that closed international flights.

Starting from March 27, 2020, 23:59 all Turkish Airlines international flights are suspended until April 17, 2020.

Since domestic travel can be made with the permission of the Governor’s Office, Turkish Airlines domestic ticket sales have been suspended for a short time until the necessary communication infrastructure is established with the Ministry of Interior. As of March 29, 2020, 00.01 (UTC +3), only domestic flights to Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Samsun, Trabzon and Van will be operated. All other domestic flights are suspended until April 17, 2020.

Pegasus Airlines announced flight cancellations due to Coronavirus from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International Airport Investment Development and Operation Inc.

The Turkish authorities announced a curfew in 12 population centers in the Black Sea provinces of Rize and Trabzon. The residents are banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies until further notice.

The new restrictive measures include the closure of picnic areas, parks, forests and archaeological sites over weekends. The movement of people aged 65 years or older and those with chronic illnesses have also been restricted.

Israel was the first country that closed skies. Israel imposed a self-quarantine for a period of 14-days due to the coronavirus on March 8, 2020.

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