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Germany drops travel warnings for some Turkish provinces

A passenger passes a sign leading to a test center for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Munich International Airport, Germany, August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces with low coronavirus infection rates as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Tuesday.

It said it was dropping warnings against travel to Antalya, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla on the Mediterranean, where prevalence stood at only five new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

Turkey would also require all travellers leaving for Germany to show a negative coronavirus test result obtained within the previous 48 hours, the ministry added.

“If the pandemic gets worse, travel warnings for the four provinces can be reintroduced,” it said.

Around 3 million of Germany’s 80 million inhabitants have a Turkish ethnic background, and last year Turkey was the second most popular tourist destination for Germans after Spain, according to German Travel Association DRV.

“One of Germans’ favourite tourist destinations is partially open again,” said DRV president Norbert Fiebig. “Good news not just for holidaymakers but also for the travel business.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Tom Sims and John Stonestreet