Turkish Airlines mandates PCR test, vaccine as daily COVID-19 deaths hit 255

Turkish Airlines on Sunday announced that passengers travelling on domestic flights would be required to provide a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination.

The new policy will be in effect as of September 6, the airlines’ CEO Bilal Ekşi said on Twitter.

The regulation arrives as Turkey's confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday increased by 17,332 in the past 24 hours and the country registered 255 more deaths, according to Health Ministry data.

The country’s daily infections are up less than 5,000 per day in early July, when the government eased pandemic movement restrictions on the population.

Turkey has administered over 93 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since launching a mass vaccination campaign in January. To date, 47.7 million people have received their first doses of the vaccine, while over 36.6 million have received two or more jabs, according to the ministry.

Earlier this month, Turkey announced that it would require unvaccinated people to present negative PCR tests to attend social events, such as concerts, or to enter public venues, including cinemas and theaters, as of September 6.

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