The top diplomats of Turkey and Germany are scheduled to meet in Berlin on Thursday to discuss tourism and travel restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters on Wednesday that the talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu would focus on the pandemic, as well as criteria for lifting Germany’s ongoing warning for travel to and from Turkey.
“We’ll exchange further information. We’ll talk about our criteria,” he said, referring to a set of standards set out by the German government to lift travel warnings for non-EU countries.
“I hope it’ll be possible for us to better assess the situation in Turkey with more information,” he added.
Germany decided last month to lift its global travel warning for EU member states and associated countries, but extended it for all the other countries until the end of August.
Berlin’s decision drew criticism of Ankara, with Turkish officials stressing that Turkey managed the pandemic better than many European countries and that its tourism facilities were safer than those in Europe.
Turkey is one of the most popular travel destinations for German holiday-makers. Nearly 5 million German tourists traveled to Turkey last year.
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