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Medical tourism in Turkey has returned to its activity, and this comes after the Ministry of Health instructed to ease its restrictions and receive patients from all countries of the world.
In light of the successful Turkish policies to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, the process of returning social and economic life to normal began, bringing the wheels of all sectors in the country back to rotation.
The Turkish Ministry of Health issued a circular whereby restrictions on receiving patients coming from 31 countries, which Turkey had imposed restrictions on their travel to, would be lifted, so that all patients would be able to come to receive health care.
The countries are: Iraq, Libya, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Djibouti, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Somalia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. , Oman, Algeria, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The General Directorate of Health Services at the Ministry of Health has sent a circular to international health services directorates and all Turkish states (81 states), about easing restrictions imposed on patients and relatives of patients who plan to travel to Turkey as part of international health tourism.
The circular included specifying the measures to be taken for patients who wish to receive health services in Turkey, and their companions, during the anti-Corona phase, and the steps for their entry into the country, and the rules for hospitalization, treatment and health isolation, within the framework of international health tourism rules.
It is possible to enter Turkish territory through the land and air border gates
According to the circular, Turkish hospitals will be able to receive patients, in all major and minor medical branches, in addition to the departments of Genital Diseases, Organ Transplants, Bone Marrow, Stem Cells, Robotic Surgery, Obesity and Radiology Surgery.
Patients will be able to enter Turkish territory through the following air border gates: Istanbul Airport, and Istanbul Bugen Airport.
And through the following land gates: the "Kabi Qula" border gate with Bulgaria, the "Sarib" border gate with Georgia, and the "Khabur" border gate with Iraq.
Special departments for patients coming from outside the country
According to the circular, hospitals that are able to receive patients and their companions from outside the country must meet a set of conditions, the most important of which is that those hospitals have the International Health Tourism Authority certificate issued by the Turkish Ministry of Health.
Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging devices must be available in these hospitals, provided that the license and activity permit include the branches of diseases that are treated within the framework of international health tourism.
Hospitals must also contain special intensive care units, and these units must have a floor, corridor, entrances and exits separate from the main entrances and exits of the hospital, in addition to allocating separate wards for patients coming from outside the country as part of international health tourism.
It is noteworthy that medical tourism in Turkey occupies a high place of attraction around the world, as millions of tourists visit the country annually, to receive therapeutic and hospital services, whether from natural springs, or specialized health centers equipped with the latest devices.