TURKEY has become an alternative international tourist destination of choice for Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Intan Permatasari Santosa, operational manager of Tour Operations Manager of Nusantara Tour based in Semarang, Central Java, said some domestic tourists or their customers are starting to look to Turkey because they can already be visited by Indonesians.

“Because it is the only choice of other countries’ destinations that have been opened for tourists to Indonesia, where the visa process is also quite easy because the visa is on arrival so they don’t need significant documents,” said Intan in Singapore.

Intan explained that some of the requirements and documents needed to go to Turkey include the results of a swab, swab, for departure, a photocopy of your passport and fees to pay for a visa upon arrival.

“It’s really easy, that’s why Turkey is interested in it and Turkey has been open since three months ago and people are getting bored at home. There is no other choice so I just go to Turkey. There is Morocco but less enthusiasts,” Intan noted.

Not much different from Nusantara Tour, Merryanti Timadius General Manager of Carmeta Tour, Palembang also said the same thing. In the travel agency managed by him, there are already six individual non-group departures who depart for Turkey.

“We already have six individuals but not groups. Now many people choose domestic, if we are in Palembang many people travel to Lampung because there is already a toll road so it’s only 3.5 hours from Palembang,” Merry said.

Merry added that  Lampung is now a favorite tourist destination in Palembang because it can be reached only by car. Areas that are usually visited are Pahawang Island and Tegal Mas or places that are good at snorkeling and have white sand.

“This is very grateful to Mr. Jokowi for having access, if not for this infrastructure it would not have happened. If you go to Labuan Bajo, tickets are expensive, people are lazy using rapid tests, now they are busy using their family’s car to Lampung,” Merry concluded. [antaranews/photo special]