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21. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1702 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Well, there's a surprise.....

.....sfs.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Nov-2020, 19:04 GMT by leics2 ]

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23. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

If you're planning a trip overseas it may be wise to get updates on travel conditions in the destinations you plan to visit from your country's foreign service.

In the U.S. I enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler program: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/step.html

Some updates that I received this morning:

New Item: On November 11, the Turkish Interior Ministry issued a notice to the public regarding new COVID restrictions/guidance. 

Starting on November 12, smoking in public spaces is banned in all 81 provinces in Turkey. 
Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara inhabitants aged 65 and older are restricted to their place of residence, and only allowed outside between 10am-4pm. 
A reminder that local and provincial Turkish authorities may impose restrictions at any time and violators may be subject to fines.
The circular text can be found at: https://www.icisleri.gov.tr/koronavirus-tedbirleri-konulu-ek-genelge.

Old Item: The Turkish Interior Ministry's guidance from September 8 remains in effect, listed below. Please note, violators will be fined.

Face masks must be worn in public (e.g. streets, gardens, workplaces, etc.) at all times in all 81 provinces of Turkey.
Standing passengers will not be allowed in urban public transportation vehicles where physical distance rules cannot be applied.
The playing of live music at restaurants and cafes after midnight is forbidden.
Governors and district officials will increase the inspections of cafes, restaurants, and dining and entertainment venues to ensure adherence to COVID restrictions.
The circular text can be found at: https://www.icisleri.gov.tr/81-il-valiligine-koronavirus-tedbirleri-konulu-ek-genelge-gonderildi-08-09-20.

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On November 11, the Republic of Cyprus announced further measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The entire statement by the Minister of Health outlining the measures is available in English at: https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=16775#flat

Until at least November 30: A strict curfew for Limassol and Paphos districts is in effect between the hours of 08:00pm and 5:00am. Exceptions exist for movement for emergency medical reasons and for employees who have a letter from their employer.
Travel to/from Limassol and Paphos districts is prohibited with the exceptions of medical emergencies, travel of passengers to Larnaca and Paphos airports and seaports, and essential workers.
More detailed information is available on the Republic of Cyprus’ Coronavirus webpage and the U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s COVID-19 information page. Previous health alerts are also available on our website.

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25. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Another update from the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program:

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna - Nov. 16, 2020

Location: Austria

Event: COVID-19 Lockdown Beginning Tuesday, November 17

On Nov. 15, Austrian government officials announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Tuesday, November 17 until Sunday, December 6 to combat the spread of COVID-19. All retail businesses, shopping centers, schools and offices will close, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, post offices, banks, gas stations and “Tabak/Trafik” convenience shops. Restaurants, bars, cafes, museums and theaters remain closed since a partial lockdown went into effect Nov. 2. Hotels remain closed to tourists.

Austria has imposed a 24-hour nationwide, stay-at-home curfew, except to buy groceries or essential goods, to travel to/from work where home office is not possible, to provide care for another person, or to exercise outdoors. Mask-wearing is mandatory on public transportation and indoor businesses. Violations of lockdown regulations are subject to heavy fines and potential law enforcement action.

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27. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Now, more than ever, it pays to be well informed. If you don't already travel with a mobile phone or laptop you should. It will help get up-to-date information that you may need. Here's the latest from the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program:

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey - Update

New Updates:

The Government of Turkey announced the following measures to combat COVID-19 in Turkey, which will go into effect at 20:00 on Friday, November 20, 2020, in all provinces, until further notice:

Individuals age 65 and over are only allowed outside during the hours of 10:00-13:00.
Individuals age 20 and below are only allowed outside during the hours of 13:00-16:00.
For individuals not affected by the age-specific curfews listed above, until further notice, there will be a partial curfew on weekends. This curfew allows individuals to be outside during the hours of 10:00-20:00. This curfew extends into Monday mornings and below are the curfew restrictions by day:
Saturdays and Sundays: curfew in effect from Saturday at 20:00 to Sunday at 10:00
Sundays and Mondays: curfew in effect from Sunday at 20:00 to Monday at 05:00.
Production, manufacturing, supply chains, and health workers are exempt from this weekend curfew. (The full circular text with exceptions to the curfew can be found at https://www.icisleri.gov.tr/koronavirus-salgini-yeni-tedbirler)
All education and training activities for public schools will continue via distance education. Parents of school-age children in private institutions should contact their respective schools for specific information on how this restriction impacts their institution.
Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafes, and cafeterias will no longer be open for in-person dining; however, they will offer specific services at different times:
Delivery or in-restaurant pickup service: between 10:00 and 20:00
Delivery only: after 20:00 establishments will only be available to provide delivery.
Shopping malls, supermarkets, barbers, and hairdressers will only be open for service during the hours of 10:00-20:00.
Movie theaters, soccer fields, coffee houses, tea gardens, internet/electronic game halls, and billiard halls are suspended.

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