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Brits can now attend Istanbul Jewelry Show as Turkey hits amber list in nick of time

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The upcoming Istanbul Jewelry Show can expect an influx of last-minute British citizens booking tickets as the UK Government today (Wednesday, 22 September 2021) moves Turkey to its amber list for travel.

The country, which was on the red list until today, can now be visited by people from the UK whether they are double-vaccinated or not.

Double-vaccinated visitors, however, will avoid the 10-day quarantine on their return to the UK.

The UK Government will require travellers with two vaccines to take a rapid antigen test in the 72 hours before returning to the UK, as well as a day two PCR test after returning.

These rules are set for another potential change, however, on 4 October – just days before the Istanbul Jewelry Show. Fortunately, the travel restrictions are set to be eased rather than made more strict.

In a statement to Parliament, MP Grant Shapps said of the upcoming 4 October changes to the traffic light system:

“From 4 October, we will replace the traffic light system with a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world, depending on vaccination status.

“Second, we will remove the requirement for fully vaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test, if not travelling from a red list country.

“Third, by later in October, we will have moved away from 2-day PCR testing to a new system of lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from non-red list countries. If passengers test positive, they will then be required to take a confirmatory PCR test which will be genomically sequenced to identify and mitigate the risk of variants entering the UK. That PCR test will be at no further cost to the traveller.”

The jewellery show, which was founded in 1986, runs this year from Thursday, 7 October until Sunday 10 October.

The show’s organiser, Informa Markets, is hoping to welcome as many UK visitors as possible for the show’s four-day run next month.

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