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Turkey opens its doors to 31 countries in health tourism


Turkey opens its doors to 31 countries in health tourism

In the normalization process of the new type of corona-virus outbreak by the Ministry of Health, it has been reported that patients from 31 countries will be admitted as of May 20, within the declaration of health tourism.

Health Services General Manager Ahmet Tekin's "Covid-19 Pandemic During the International Health Tourism Future of our country within the declaration of prevention for Patients and relatives" to contain the official text, International Health Services Inc. (INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES) and in Turkey were sent to all govern-orates.

Official report, Struggle of Covid-19  during the international health tourism within the declaration of acceptable terms and conditions of the patients who want to receive health services from Turkey, a country entries, hospitalization, treatment, and discharge and isolation rules will be for patients and their companions were expressed determination of the prevention.

Accordingly, within the content of international health tourism, Iraq, Libya, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Djibouti, Algeria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia, as of May 20, 2020. Patients from Bulgaria, Moldova, Somalia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Germany, England, Holland, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be accepted.

Orthopedics and traumatology, general surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, ophthalmology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, surgical oncology, gynecological oncology surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, hematology, intensive care and reproductive therapy applications, Patients will be taken in organ transplant and bone marrow transplant areas.

The patients to be admitted will be registered in the patient tracking system of INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES and permission letters will be written to the relevant units after the pre-approval. Information and documents requested for pre-approval will be published by INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES.

A maximum of two companions will be allowed to enter the country with one patient. Patients and their companions will comply with the rules set for issues such as travel, entry to the country, transfer and isolation.

Patients and their companions can use, Istanbul Airport Esenboga International Airport by air and roadway Kapikule Border and Sarp Border Gate to enter Turkey.

"Covid-19 PCR test will be done to patients and their accompanying persons"

Covid-19 PCR test will be performed at the airports and border gates for a fee to patients and their companions, or samples will be taken for PCR testing.

Hospitalization procedures, treatment protocol and discharge procedures of patients and their companions will be carried out in accordance with the rules set in the "General Directorate of Public Health, Covid-19 (Sars-Cov-2 Infection) Guide".

Hospitals, where patients and their companions will be accepted, will have an International Health Tourism Authorization Certificate issued by the Ministry. It will include Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR). In his license and operating license, chest diseases, internal diseases, child health and diseases, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology branches will be included. The third step will be the adult intensive care unit.

Apart from a detached floor or corridor and other areas of the hospital, a detached service will be reserved for international health tourism patients who will come from abroad, so that no patient or companion will come into contact.

Precautions to be taken with regard to international health tourism patients and their companions.

Before the trip, patients and their companions will receive the Covid-19 PCR test result document, which was done within the last 48 hours prior to travel, if it can be performed in the country of origin.

The measures to be taken for those who use air transportation within the content of things to be done during the travel are as follows:

  • Patients and their relatives who have Covid-19 clinical signs (such as cough, fever) during boarding will not be admitted.
  • All passengers will be provided with a medical mask throughout the flight starting from the moment of boarding, and the passengers will be informed about their replacement as they become moist. The mask will be renewed every 3 hours. Hands will be cleaned with a hand antiseptic while wearing a new mask.
  • On the plane, the passengers will be seated one after the other in the triple seating arrangement, leaving the middle seats empty, and in the double seating arrangement, they will be seated diagonally with the passenger in the rear seat.
  • The seats in the back two rows of the aircraft will be left blank for use for passengers who cannot wear medical masks for health reasons or show signs during travel.
  • Passengers who cannot wear medical masks for health reasons will be seated at the rear seats at least one meter apart.
  • Cabin crew will wear a medical mask. Masks will be renewed as they moisturize or every 3 hours. Hands will be cleaned with a hand antiseptic while wearing a new mask.
  • It will be preferred not to serve food and beverages on flights shorter than 4 hours.
  • For flights longer than 4 hours, food and beverage service will be provided in a way to prevent the passengers sitting at a distance of one meter from taking off their masks at the same time.
  • A minimum of 3 medical masks and a hand sanitizer kit will be provided for each passenger in the aircraft. Hand sanitizer will be available in aircraft toilets.
  • In the event that a passenger with signs of disease is detected by the cabin crews during the flight, any signs of disease will be observed, the pilot will be contacted immediately about the condition of the incident, and the tower will be reported to the airport's health check center-airport operation center by the tower.
  • All passengers will fill in the passenger contact information card. Passenger information will be obtained from each passenger's two front, two rear and two side seats. The health inspection center will evaluate the case on the plane and provide information to the Provincial Health Directorate and 112 Command and Control Centers. Procedures for infectious diseases proposed by national and international civil aviation authorities and organizations will be implemented.

The article contained the following information on precautions for travelers by land:

Patients and their relatives who have Covid-19 clinical findings will not be taken to the bus during boarding. If it can be done in the country, the results of the Covid-19 PCR test done in the last 48 hours before arrival will be requested. Covid-19 will be taken against the journey during the journey. An informative announcement will be made about the precautions, and a medical kit with at least three medical masks and antiseptics will be provided for each passenger on the bus.

The mask and antiseptic rules applied to those arriving by air will also apply to those arriving by land. In accordance with the dilution rules in bus travel, the vehicles will be half the passenger capacity, the sides of the passengers will be left empty and they will be seated crosswise with the passenger in the back seat.

If there are passengers showing signs of fever, cough, and respiratory distress during the trip, they will be taken to the last seat and applied to the nearest health institution during transportation. Social distance rules will be followed at break places and masks will not be removed. Only water service will be available during the journey. Those who bring food with them will be prevented from eating at the same time. Vehicle drivers and assistants will wear medical masks during the journey. Wearing gloves will not be mandatory. For those who come by car, there will be no more than three people, including the driver, in the five-person vehicle, and a continuous medical mask will be worn.

The vehicles of those who come to the border by land will not be taken to the country

there have been made within the last 48 hours before the country came under the Customs control and the result is negative PCR test Covid-19 outcome document and will be presented documents showing that they had been invited to Turkey under the International Health Tourism.

Search for the entry of Turkey will be held in Covid-19 PCR or PCR test samples to be taken. Patients and their relatives will have fever and Covid-19 disease symptom controls. During the customs checks, passengers' medical masks will be worn. The vehicles of those who come to the border by land will not be taken to the country. If the PCR test is positive, the aircraft or bus passengers and their staff will be managed according to the contact algorithm according to the Covid-19 guide. 

They will be delivered to hospitals where they have direct appointments without accommodation

Within the content of the precautions to be taken during the transfer to the hospitals, the transfer of those who come by air or by land will be made by the hospitals where the treatment will be carried out or by (INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES).

The vehicle to be used in the transfer of arrivals will have an air conditioning system and all windows will be kept closed. The transfer vehicle will act by taking the travel health safety. The name list of the passengers who will board the transfer vehicle will be kept. The vehicle driver will wear a medical mask before taking passengers into the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle will not leave his position under any circumstances, and after leaving the passengers, the vehicle will be cleaned in accordance with the Covid-19 Guide.

The vehicle driver will be determined and disposed of how to remove the protective equipment and where to dispose of it as medical waste. Since the vehicle driver will not have direct risky contact with the passengers, possible infection information will be given, and disease symptom follow-ups will be recommended.

The hospitals or INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES, where the treatment will be carried out, will ensure that the patients and their accompanying persons arrive directly at the hospitals they have made an appointment with, without having to stay anywhere.


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