Traveling in Turkey on Pandemic – Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been at home for seven months. It was the turn of the PSBB to be relaxed, eh Indonesian citizens were prohibited from entering by dozens of countries. You don’t need to ask how it feels to me whose life on the road has to be confined for so long!
As soon as Turkey opened its borders to all citizens of the world starting July 2020, I immediately wanted to go, but… still not with Corona! I also research here and there. The conclusion: the graph of Covid-19 cases in Turkey is sloping, while in us it is still increasing.
Even the Turkish government has implemented the Safe Tourism Certification Program to certify tourism facilities and ensure the health and safety of workers and visitors. Accredited institutions inspect and assess these facilities periodically according to international standards.
If you have passed, the facility will be given a logo, QR code and notified to the public so that everyone can access the examination data. So it’s not just checking the temperature and wearing a mask.
But to make it even safer, I made an itinerary with lots of outdoor activities around the Mediterranean coast. The flight must take Turkish Airlines because it is the only airline with a direct flight from Jakarta to Istanbul. Then I have to take a private tour with hotels, restaurants, and transportation that have been certified as Safe Tourism, including insurance if I have Covid-19.
Even the guide and driver I asked for a rapid test first. After all was confirmed, my best friend and I, Sri, left on September 19, 2020.
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TRAVELING IN TURKEY IN THE PANDEMIC TIME
Our first two days of sightseeing in Istanbul. Yes, the standard of tourists is to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Taksim Square, Grand Bazaar, plus Dolmabahçe Palace.
Want to update a little about the Hagia Sophia, which shocked the residents +62 because it had just been converted from a museum to a mosque. The local residents usually respond, in terms of mosques there are already many around there.
The difference is that now the mosaic pictures of the Blessed Mother and the Christian symbols on the walls are covered, the second floor is also covered, and the entire ground floor is covered with green carpets.
Then I went south to Turkey, to be precise around the Mediterranean Sea. From Istanbul, fly to Dalaman (the name of the city makes you want to ask, “What color is your interior?” Hehe!) On Turkish Airlines, whose seat is also vacated. I just returned home from the city of Antalya.
The Mediterranean Sea or also known as the Mediterranean Sea is located north of the African continent to the south of the European continent whose coastlines are owned by 22 countries, ranging from Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel to Egypt and Morocco.
The history of the Mediterranean was instrumental in the beginnings and development of Western Civilization – Traveling in Turkey on Pandemic.