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Turkey Launches a Healthy Tourism Certification Program

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Healthy Tourism Certification program was prepared under the leadership of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the contributions of the Ministries of Health, Transport, Internal Affairs, and Foreign Affairs and the cooperation of the stakeholders in the entire sector.

In this context, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey has completed pandemic protocols and certification processes that were created separately for airport operations, domestic airlines, highways, and tourism facilities as of 4 May 2020. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which plans to implement the certification processes for hotels as of May, will announce the list of the facilities obtaining this certificate as of 1 June 2020, through all channels including the website of our Ministry.

Healthy Tourism Certification program covers a broad range of measures which shall be taken towards transportation, accommodation, health condition of employees of the facilities and passengers. This certificate, which shall be granted by international certification institutions, will document the fulfilment of high level of health and hygiene requirements at airline companies, airports and other transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities.

The certification program of Turkey consists of 4 main pillars which are “Health and Safety of the Passenger”, “Health and Safety of the Employee”, “Precautions taken at Facilities” and “Precautions taken in terms of “Transportation”.

Health and Safety of the Passengers cover the precautions which are required to be implemented in terms of passengers from the time of check-in until their check-out.

Health and Safety of the Employee cover precautions with respect to ensuring physically and mentally healthy personnel at transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities.

Precautions taken at Facilities covers steps which are required to be taken in order to prevent spreading of the outbreak. In case of preventing such cases, processes that need to be implemented by the accommodation, food & beverage facilities have been defined under the scope of the certificate.

Precautions taken in terms of Transportation vehicles include certain measures and regulations for air, land and marine transportation.

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