How Can Mental Health Services Be More Accessible for People of Color?

In a society that now has mental health on the tip of its tongue more than ever, women of color are having a parallel but nuanced conversation about access, social and cultural stigmas and other roadblocks that keep making mental health services a difficult terrain to navigate.

Marginalized People & mental health

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , Native Americans have the highest suicide rates compared to other populations in the United States. Additionally, only 8.6 percent of Asian-American adults are reported to have sought professional help with mental health challenges according to the American Psychological Association.

Similarly, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention indicates that only 20 percent of Latino individuals with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns, and only 10 percent contact a mental health specialist.

Furthermore, Black people are 20 percent more likely than the general population to live with mental health conditions like major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These are just a few of the staggering statistics about people of color and mental health treatment.

Barriers to treatment

As difficult as it can be to even address mental health issues, wanting to seek treatment isn’t enough. For many, accessing the help they need is beyond their reach.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides more insight into some of the roadblocks that stand between Black people and getting the mental health care they need, including our faith, spirituality and community factors, reluctance and inability to access mental health services and provider bias and inequality of care.

Ashley Zachary, a self-employed, Black woman in her late 20s, has lived through most of these barriers to mental health access. She has had difficulty finding mental health care as an uninsured person, which has been exacerbated by the anxiety of knowing that most providers require payment out of pocket.

Additionally, Zachary tells SheKnows that her preference of finding a Black woman therapist has made her search even harder. Although the internet and other resources make it easier now than it was in years past, she says that finding a provider is still not easy.

“Even if I can’t go [to see a Black female therapist], seeing that Black women mental health professionals exist, are out there doing the Lord’s work, makes me feel better,” Zachary says.

From a provider perspective, Samantha*, a therapist with a quickly growing practice in an large metropolitan area, explains how important it is for her to be a resource for other women of color. She says she will, of course, treat anyone. She knows firsthand the difficulties — cultural and otherwise — that keep women of color off therapist’s couches and out of treatment.

“When a woman of color comes and sees that commonality, she’s more likely to tell her friends that ‘I have a therapist who looks like me and shares my life experiences,’” she says.

For some, part of those life experiences can include the role that religion and community play in seeking mental health care.

“Nobody talked about it in my family,” Zachary says, pointing out that she had to learn and navigate other family members’ own struggles with mental illness in addition to her own.

Accessing assistance & care

Women of color are seeking support and help on social media and through myriad technologies that were not available even 15 years ago. Some women of color utilize Facebook groups and small in-person gatherings are places they feel they can go for support.

While these methods of support are groundbreaking, helpful and fulfill a need in communities of color, it is clear there is a lot of ground to make up in getting mental health services to the people who need them.

Therapy for Black Girls, a website run by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford fills in some gaps. Harden is a licensed psychologist in Georgia, and in addition to providing articles and other support through the therapy for Black girls site, she also provides a list of mental health professionals who specialize in supporting and treating Black women and girls.

In these cases, women of color are taking the reins and making support, care and treatment available for each other in ways those outside that demographic are not. Perhaps this will grow into mental health support for women of color coming from other demographics, but for right now, these women are doing it for themselves.

A version of this story was published June 2018.

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Can you spot the tiny heart hidden among these flamingos in this tricky picture puzzle?

IF you’re looking for a fun challenge to keep your brain busy, why not have a crack at this fun, yet tricky, puzzle.

Hidden among the colourful flamingos is a tiny heart waiting to be found, as artist Gergely Dudás challenges the internet to spot it.

The colourful illustration was created by the Hungarian artist who often shares individual puzzles on his blog and Facebook page.

He created this one particularly for Valentine's Day, but it has since resurfaced with Brits taking on the challenge once more.

In this challenge, he has hidden the tiny heart within the colourful scene, but you'll have to have a sharp eye to spot it.

The answer is highlighted below, but no looking until you've given it a go first.

Fancy another challenge? There are 16 movies hidden in these maths puzzles, can you find them all?

And can you spot the odd one out in this bird themed brainteaser?

Plus a tricky brainteaser asks if YOU can spot the crayon hidden in this floral wallpaper.

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What you can expect on holiday in Turkey as beaches ban smoking and enforce sunbathing zones

BEACHES in Turkey have announced their new plans for allowing tourists to visit again this year.

Smoking bans, sunbathing zones and restricted entry are just some of the things you can expect on your next holiday.

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Konyaaltı beach, located in the southern resort of Antalya popular with British tourists, has revealed the guidelines which will be enforced on tourists.

In a new video, special areas of 9sqm using wooden posts and ropes will be designated for tourists, which will be disinfected between use.

Only three people at a time will be able to use the zones from one family.

Beachgoers will no longer be allowed to lay their towels randomly on the sand to sunbathe.

Smoking will also be banned to reduce contamination from discarded butts, with smoking zones instead, while masks and gloves will be mandatory in busy areas.

Turnstile entry, with different entrances and exits, limited lockers and additional warning signs will also all be implemented.

Turkey has started reducing their lockdown measures across the country, with land borders opening between regions and seaside destinations.

However, British tourists are not expected to return until at least autumn, with domestic travellers the priority, according to local media, due to fears of another outbreak as well as social distancing guidelines being enforced.

For example, holiday resorts across the country may require guests to prove they don't have coronavirus with health certificates.

Hotels, airports and attractions will all be sterilised as well as forced to have enough spacing to allow social distancing, while temperature checks are also likely to be introduced at hotels.

The UK will also enforce a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country, including British nationals, from next month.

Holidays to Turkey are soaring in popularity, but mainly for next year instead.

EasyJet's commercial director Alex Lofus told Sun Online Travel: "The big demand is next summer – there has been a massive surge in people looking to secure a family break.

"We're mainly seeing people booking Turkey, a particularly popular destination, with a big interest in self-catered properties so families can reunite with their extended relatives."

Here are the best deals you can find for next year.


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You Can Sweat With Kim Kardashian's Trainer Melissa Alcantara For Free On May 30th

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  • Women’s Health is launching a series of WH LIVE+ events featuring appearances from your favorite trainers, celebrities, and experts.
  • You can get your sweat on with Melissa Alcantara, Kim Kardashian’s trainer, at the first-ever WH LIVE+ event on May 30 at 12 p.m. ET.
  • The workout will feature Kim K’s go-to butt and legs moves.

The countdown is on: Our first ever WH LIVE+ virtual event is coming straight to your living room on May 30 at 12 p.m. featuring a workout from Melissa Alcantara, an elite trainer who’s worked with clients like Kim Kardashian West.

Melissa will be leading you through a Lower Body Blast workout featuring Kim K’s signature booty and leg-toning moves. There’s no equipment required for this 25-minute bodyweight workout, and did I mention that it’s totally free? Just sign up and get ready to sweat.

That’s not all. Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser will join Melissa for a 15-minute post-sweat-sesh Q&A. You’ll get all the details about Melissa’s own personal body transformation, how she trains her VIP clients, and more. (Fun fact: Melissa recently released a book, Fit Gurl: The Total-Body Turnaround Program detailing the secrets behind her own sculpted physique.)

Melissa’s Lower Body Blast workout is the first in a series of live virtual events from Women’s Health. Next up: a talk with yogi, influencer, and mom of four (soon to be five!) Hilaria Baldwin on June 9 at 1 p.m. (Save the date!)

Stay tuned for more in-depth sessions from WH’s favorite elite trainers, top nutritionists, trusted medical professionals, wellness experts, and more.

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How many stars can you recognise behind their PPE?

Who is the star in the mask? The coronavirus pandemic means celebrities can now walk the streets incognito – so how many can you recognise behind their PPE?

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They are some of the most recognisable faces in the world — but the pandemic has driven them undercover. Masked against the virus, it is often hard to spot these celebrities when they are out exercising or shopping. But using our gentle clues, see how many famous faces you can bring out of lockdown… 

1. This is one of Hollywood’s top stars, but her mask is more Iron Man than Pepper Potts

2. He may be a famous telly talent show judge, but can you recognise this Mr X?

3. She’s starting a new life in LA with her prince and a mask fit for a duchess

4. Since the pandemic hit, this singer’s Style has gone only in One Direction

5. She made her name as a model before making a mint running her own lingerie company — perhaps she could branch out into making masks?

6. Shades? Check. Gloves? Check. Face masks? Check. This British actress is the perfect match for her young beau

7. Mask, gloves, hazmat suit … not an outfit you’re likely to see on the catwalk

8. A pop singer who is no doubt extremely Hot Right Now in her face masks

9. This no nonsense TV police chief didn’t float up the Lagan in a bubble, but he will find it hard sucking diesel in his mask, won’t you, fella?

10. Here’s a famous Aussie actress who may well be walking down Wall Street — but she’ll need to take off her trendy mask to wolf down some food

11. Give me your boots, your motorcycle … and your face mask. And isn’t it lucky that black suits the Terminator?

12. Are face masks Strictly necessary? The answer’s definitely yes, according to this reality TV judge

13. This TV host is a hit in the U.S. where he won’t let a virus make him Late, Late for anything

Can you match the masked stars?

A – James Cordon (left). B- Rita Ora (right)

C – Caprice Bourret (left). D – Harry Styles (right)

E- Goody Grace (left) & Kate Beckinsale (right)

F – Naomi Gampbell (left). G – Adrian Dunbar (right)

H – Motsi Mabuse (left). I – Simon Cowell (right)

J – Margot Robbie (left). K – Meghan Markle (right)

L – Arnold Schwarzenegger (left). M – Gwyneth Paltrow (right)


1-M, 2-I, 3-K, 4-D, 5-C, 6-E, 7-F, 8-B, 9-G, 10-J, 11-L, 12-H, 13-A.

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Shoppers can save 30% off Nike trainers next week – but you'll need to be quick

LOOKING to snap up a great deal on some new trainers? Luckily for shoppers Nike has slashed up to 30 per cent off.

You'll need to be quick though as the deals wont be around for long when they launch next week.

Shoppers will be available to save up to 30 per cent on Nike trainers using this exclusive code we found on HotUKDeals,

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All you have to do is use the code NIKE30 before entering your payment information at the checkout.

You'll receive a handy 30 per cent off your haul, but just hang around because you don't have long – just a couple of days to be exact.

The 30 per cent discount will only be available from the 25th to 29th May at, so mark that date in your diary now.

It'll be available across Nike's website, but will exclude Nike gift cards, Apple products, all NikeLab products and Nike By You styles.

If you're stocking up you'll be pleased to know that the code can be used for multiple purchases, but cannot be combined with other promo codes, you can read the full terms and conditions here.

Not sure where to start? You can see the full range here but we've picked out some top picks below – just don't forget to add the code!

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  • Nike React Vision, £114.95 – buy here
  • Nike Air Women's Shorts, £29.95 – buy here
  • Nike Blazer Low LE, £79.95 – buy here
  • Nike Air Max 270 React, £139.95 – buy here
  • Nike Court Vintage Premium, £67.95 – buy here

Topshop unveiled the new 2020 ‘it’ dress Willow and it’s perfect for effortless summer dressing.

Plus Fearne Cotton launched her Yoga range for Sweaty Betty and it looks amazing.

And cult favourite Vans have launched their Neon Collection – and here’s where you can buy them.

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Can I be fined if I don’t send my kids to school when they reopen? – The Sun

ALTHOUGH the Government has asked schools to reopen in order to accommodate certain year groups from June 1, some councils and unions have objected saying it’s too soon.

The worry is shared by some parents who do not want their children to go back to school just yet but fear they will be fined if they do not comply with Government’s directive.

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Do I have to send my kids to school when they reopen?

The Government has urged parents to send children in Year R, 1 and 6 back to school from June 1 on a full time basis. 

Other years will follow later in a phased process which has been described as a ‘protective measure’ by officials. 

“While we will not penalise for keeping children at home, once children are eligible to return to school, we will strongly encourage them to do so.”

Here is how to find out if your child’s school is reopening on June 1.  

Can I be fined if I don’t?

No, you will not. 

Downing Street has confirmed that parents who do not want their children to resume school for now, will not be fined for the decision. 

When asked by journalists if parents will be fined for refusing to send their kids back to school on the government given day, prime minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “The short answer is no, they won’t.”

Some parents are in agreeance with some unions who believe it is too soon to reopen school as it puts children and staff at risk of the coronavirus.

Some councils have also said they will not reopen schools just yet as a precautionary measure.

Under normal circumstances, when children miss school without a ‘good reason’, each parent can be fined £60 by their local council, which rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days. 

When am I allowed to keep my kids at home?

Since March 20, schools have been shut as a result of the lockdown due to coronavirus. 

Children of key workers, however, have been able to attend classes. 

Schoolchildren who have been kept at home have received learning resources in order to make sure they do not fall behind in their education. 

Under normal rules laid about by the government, parents must have a reasonable explanation for keeping kids at home. 

These include if kids are unwell.

Any other reasons such as holidays can result in prosecutions from local councils.  


Will schools provide home learning resources if my child doesn't go back?

As it is illegal to prevent a child from receiving an education, it is highly unlikely that learning materials will not be provided for children who do not go back to school on June 1.

Schoolchildren should continue to receive learning materials.

Parents should contact the schools if they do not receive the support to educate their kids at home.

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You can book this online male strip show for your Zoom hen do

Now that so many are having to have their hen dos, birthdays and celebrations online – we’ve found just the thing to bring a touch of naughty fun to your next big night.

Adonis Unzipped is a steamy male cabaret show, which has now gone completely online after they shut their venue because of the lockdown.

They’re putting on a male strip show that is completely online for the perfect girl’s night in.

The shows will take place in a ‘webinar’ format, so you’ll be able to see all the fun with your own cameras turned off… Unless you want to be invited onto the virtual stage, or to embarrass a bride to be.

The live performances are guaranteed to have ‘more sausage than a butcher’s window’, according to the Adonis Cabaret team.

The weekly Adonis shows will take place every Saturday and will last for 60-90 minutes, while you can also pay for a virtual stripper-gram at a time that suits you, for a 10-15 minute show.

Alternatively, for those looking to book a strip show for their hen party, they can pay for a 60-minute private girls night.

But most importantly, it will only cost you £5 to watch the Adonis live streamed weekly performance, which takes place at 9.30 pm.

If you’re wanting something a little different for your hen party and don’t fancy watching the show, you could also hire one of the male strippers for a nude life drawing art class.

‘The Adonis Cabaret show has been running continuously every week for over 20-years until Covid-19 has forced it to close its nightclub doors for the time being,’ says Tristan Mills, Adonis Cabaret owner.

‘We therefore made the choice to switch completely to a virtual show, helping to bring our live performances to your sofa.’

The male strippers have had their fair share of fame, having performed on Eastenders, Graham Norton, Britain’s Got Talent and were even asked to promote both the Magic Mike movies.

So, for just a fiver you can have a wild Saturday night without breaking any lockdown rules.

And you can give your bride to be the hen do she’s always dreamed of – surrounded by half-naked, greased-up men.

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Can I move house now? UK housing market to restart as viewings, moving home and visiting estate agents now legal

HOME movers in England are now allowed to view and move properties as the coronavirus lockdown restriction are eased.

The property market has dramatically stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 57 per cent of sales falling through during March and April, according to

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But now, as the Government looks slowly lift lockdown, the property market is once again allowed to operate from today.

The Government says this will help the 450,000 people who's home moves have been interrupted by the pandemic restrictions.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: "Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals.

"Our step by step plan is based on the latest guidance to ensure the safety and protection of everyone involved.


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"This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so."

Here's how it will work if you're hoping or having to move home during lockdown:

Can I view a house that I want to rent or buy?

Since the Government announced restrictions on the property market, many sellers and agents have been offering virtual tours during lockdown.

But as of today, buyers and tenants in England are once again allowed to view properties in person.

Agents, buyers and sellers will have to follow strict social distancing measures when carrying out viewings but the Government is yet to release guidance on exactly how this will work.

We'll update this article as soon as we hear more.

Are estate agents' offices open?

Estate agent branches closed on March 23, along with retailers and beauty salons following Government orders for all non-essential shops to temporarily close.

But from today, offices are allowed to reopen making them the first type of high street store to do so.

This doesn't mean that all estate agent branches will be open as usual though as it's up to each employer to work out how they can do so safely for staff and customers.

The Government has also advised employees who can work from home to continue to do so, so services may be limited still.

If you're considered to be vulnerable or high-risk of infection, you might want to ask if you can continue to get a virtual tour of the property you're looking to move to.

People who fall into this category are still advised by the Government to self-isolate.

Can I be evicted during localdown?

THE rules on evictions hasn't changed, even though lockdown restrictions on the housing industry have been eased.

Boris Johnson has banned tenant evictions to stop renters getting booted out in a new coronavirus law.

The PM told MPs that the tough new measures would support workers and ensure no one would be evicted during the crisis.

The plans will see landlords unable to evict tenants for at least a three-month period.

Those renting out properties will then be able to claim from the three month mortgage payment holiday plan to support themselves.

Once this ends, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan.

Housing associations will also not evict tenants who are affected by the virus and fall behind on rent payments, Kate Henderson, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations in England, said.

"No one should be evicted because of the coronavirus,” she said.

"We are confident that no housing association will do this, and want anyone affected by the outbreak to be reassured they will not be evicted.

"As charitable organisations housing associations recognise that a number of people living in social housing work for low or irregular wages in insecure employment and may be placed in serious difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We urge anyone living in a housing association home who is worried about financial difficulties to get in touch with their housing association."

People living in council homes are advised to take similar steps.

Are conveyancers, surveyors and developers' open for business?

When you buy a house, you'll need to pay a conveyancer to transfer the legal title of the property from one person to another.

As conveyancers are able to operate remotely, they have continued to carry out their work from home during lockdown.

Surveyors – professionals who inspect the property's condition – were also ordered to stop carrying out inspections during lockdown.

Even though they haven't been specifically mentioned in the Government's announcement, many surveyors have said that they will be back up and running from today.

Further guidance on exactly how these can be carried out safely is expected to be released in the coming days.

During lockdown, many banks were carrying out automated valuations, without physically inspecting the house to they could continue to lend.

It's not clear yet whether the banks will continue in this way.

Delvelopers are also allowed to reopen offices again but they will also have to follow strict social guidance rules.

Can I use a removal firm to help me move?

Removal firms are now allowed to help people move house but they will need to practise social distancing wherever possible.

The British Association of Removers (BAR) has been working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to come up with a set of guidelines that firms must follow before going back to work safely, but these are yet to be published.

A statement from BAR said "that a cautious approach to returning to operational activity may now be possible" but all firms must "take all appropriate measures to mitigate any associated risks."

What are the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Lifting lockdown is a devolved issue and moving house and viewing properties is still not allowed to be carried out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Both Scotland and Wales are encouraging home movers to delay doing so where possible.

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When can I go on holiday again post-lockdown? Latest advice for Spain, Greece and Turkey – The Sun

HOLIDAYS abroad are still up in the air for the summer season, with some countries wanting Brits back by July while others have warned it won't be until 2021.

When will holidays be back on the menu? Here is all the latest advice from the government and travel experts regarding your next trip abroad.

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Mark Hall, Director of Product at TUI UK told Sun Online Travel that trips abroad are likely to be much later: "Whilst it’s difficult to predict, we do think that autumn and winter getaways could prove more popular than ever as people still want their yearly holiday.

"We may see more late bookers as people cautiously search for the best deals and popular familiar destinations.

"Family favourite destinations such as Florida, mainland Spain and the Canaries are still top on searched destinations and we may see a demand for Caribbean holidays for winter sun at the end of 2020 and into 2021."

It is also worth booking package holidays, as they are ATOL-protected – meaning you are covered if the holiday does not go ahead by a refund or credit note.

When can I travel to France?

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are drawing up a three country ‘safe corridor’ travel plan in a bid to save summer holidays.

Under the two leaders’ blueprint, all travellers will be able to cross freely between Britain and France despite tough new coronavirus restrictions, and also won't be required to quarantine.

However, entry into France is still heavily restricted until at least June 15, after Mr Macron extended the need for all visitors to the country to fill out a form stating their reason for travel.

The French government has not revealed when Brits can expect to travel again to the country, saying they won't know about trips abroad until June.

Some local businesses fear it won't be until 2021.

Chateaux owner Stéphanie Gombert told Forbes: "I doubt for the whole year we will have any international tourists."

However, with the Tour de France confirmed to take place in August, there are hopes that Brits will be able to return at some point this year.

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When can I travel to Spain?

Spain is beginning to lift their lockdown measures, with beaches opening by next month to locals but there are conflicting views on when Brits will be able to return.

The islands, which rely on British tourism, are calling for holidaymakers to return by the summer.

While Majorca wants Brits by August, the Canary Islands are less positive – the island's president Angel Victor Torres told Spanish daily El Mundo: "In October, November or December, which are good months in the Canary Islands, we can begin to receive tourists from other countries."

President of Benidorm's British Businesses Association, Karen Maling Cowles previously told Sun Online Travel: "I don't personally think that we’re going to start recovering from this until June or July and even that’s maybe early.

"But British tourism I don't see happening until September. Because the UK is still so far behind Spain and until you have it contained, people won’t be allowed to come and have their week in Benidorm."

The Balearic Islands have issued similar sentiments, with Tourism minister Iago Negueruela adding: "There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures and that also puts us in a different situation with respect to them."

Brits will have to quarantine for 14 days when travelling to Spain, with new orders for all international arrivals from this Friday.

The order comes into force this Friday, May 15 and will remain during the State of Emergency and it's possible extensions into at least June and beyond.

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When can I travel to Greece?

Tourists will be pleased to hear that hotels are opening from June 1, although this is expected to be for domestic travellers initially.

On the bright side, lockdown measures are beginning to ease and tourists could be welcomed back by June if the virus continues to slow and airlines resume flights.

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When can I travel to Turkey?

Turkey is looking to resume flights by the end of May although these will be just domestic routes initially, with hotels also opening this month.

The country's culture and tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: "Hopefully, we will see that tourism activities will start again during the Ramadan Feast."

The Ramadan Feast, also known as Eid ul-Fitr, will be celebrated at the end of May.

He added that he expected flight schedules to return to normal by the end of June, with air travel likely to start with Asia, followed by Russia, the Balkans and then Europe.

Tourists are also likely to need health certificates proving they don't have coronavirus to be allowed into the country.

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Caution is still advised, with the unprecedented pandemic meaning travel rules and restrictions could change at the last minute.

When should I book a holiday?

The current advice from the government is to avoid all non-essential travel indefinitely, with no date put forward on when domestic or overseas trips can resume.

Any further information on when holidays are to be expected could change at the last minute, with experts and tour operators unable to say for definite when trips will resume – especially if coronavirus cases surge.

Summer holidays abroad for Brits could even be cancelled this year thanks to coronavirus, Matt Hancock said today.

After being asked by Phil and Holly on This Morning whether summer trips abroad could be cancelled, he replied: "I think that’s likely to be the case.
"I think it’s unlikely that big lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer."

But airlines are hoping to resume their normal flights ahead of the peak July and August season.

Both Jet2 and Ryanair hope to restart flights in July, while easyJet has launched holidays for late 2020.

Experts have said that a trip in summer could be on the cards, although this is likely to be for UK holidays only.

On May 4, a spokesperson for Aito, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, told the Express: "If luck is on our side, then three months hence should see things calm down on the virus front.

"It’s likely that the first travellers within the UK will venture out again to explore their own country at the traditional start of the summer season."


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