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Turkey continues evacuating expats from Europe

Expats from UK, Germany, Czechia, Romania, Hungary and Belgium were evacuated on Wednesday ahead of Ramadan.
22.04.2020 - 10:05

Turkey on Tuesday evacuated 1,748 citizens from Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey decided to bring back nearly 25,000 citizens before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.


A specially arranged Turkish Airlines flight left London and arrived in Istanbul in the evening. Following health checks, 349 citizens were sent to the northwestern Kocaeli province to be quarantined in a student dormitory.

Meanwhile, Turkey also brought home some 750 Turkish citizens from Germany.

After a flight arrived in central Kayseri province, 232 citizens were transferred to Nigde -- another central province -- to be quarantined in a student dormitory. Another 285 expats were brought back to the capital Ankara and sent a student dormitory in the central province of Yozgat for quarantine.

As part of the same measures, the country also brought back 107 Turkish students from the Czechia. A Turkish Airlines flight carrying them arrived in Ankara.

Students were transferred to northern Karabuk province for quarantine.

Moreover, 89 Turkish citizens in Romania were brought to the capital Ankara. After health checks, they were sent to the northwestern Duzce province for quarantine.