It has been reported by the Ministry of Health that from the 20th of May, patients from 31 countries will be accepted as part of health tourism during the normalization process in the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic.

The official report, under international health tourism during combat Kovid-19 of the patients who want to receive health services from Turkey expressed the admission requirements.

 It was stated that the patients’ admission to the country, hospitalization, treatment, discharge and isolation rules and the precautions to be taken for patients and accompanying persons were determined.

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

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

The patients to be admitted will be registered in the patient tracking system of USHAŞ 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 USHAŞ.

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, and from Istanbul Airport Esenboğa International Airport by air, road and Kapitan Andreevo Border Crossing from Sarp Border Gate to enter Turkey.

“Covid-19 Pcr Test Will Be Made To Patients And Its Compactors”

Kovid-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 “Ministry of Health Public Health General Directorate Kovid-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 this 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 the patient or his companion does not contact.

Measures To Be Taken About International Health Tourism Patients And Its Components

Before the trip, patients and their accompanying persons will receive a Kovid-19 PCR test result document, which has been done within the last 48 hours before travel, if it can be done in the country of origin.

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

Patients and their relatives with Kovid-19 clinical signs (such as cough, fever) during boarding will not be admitted.

From the moment of boarding, all passengers will be provided with a medical mask throughout the flight, and they will be informed about the 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 crosswise with the passenger in the rear seat.

Seats in the rear 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 in the rear seats at least one meter apart.

Cabin crew will wear medical masks. Masks will be refreshed as they get moist 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.

On flights longer than 4 hours, food and beverage service will be provided to prevent passengers sitting at a distance of one meter from taking off their masks at the same time.

At least 3 medical masks and a hand sanitizer with a hand sanitizer will be provided for each passenger in the aircraft. Hand sanitizer will be available in aircraft toilets.

During the flight, if there are any signs of illness by the cabin crews, if there is a symptom of the disease, the pilot will be contacted immediately about the condition of the incident, and the incident will be reported to the airport health centre 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 centre 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 measures for future by land:

“Patients and their relatives who have Kovid-19 clinical findings will not be taken to the bus during boarding. If it can be done in the country, the result document of the Kovid-19 PCR test, which has been done within the last 48 hours before arrival, will be requested. It will be taken against Kovid-19 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 travel, they will be taken to the last seat and applied to the nearest health institution during transportation. Social distance rules will be followed at breaks 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. “

“They Will Be Contacted To The Hospitals With The Direct Appointment Without Accommodation”

Within the scope of the measures 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 USHAŞ.

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 downloading the passengers, the vehicle will be cleaned in accordance with the Kovid-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 USHAŞ, 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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