Transport Secretary Grant Shapps broke the news at a press conference on Friday afternoon as Turkey is in the midst of a coronavirus crisis, with the country on lockdown again a week ago.
The news calls into question the all-English Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29, which is due to be played in Istanbul.
Anyone, including athletes, returning from Turkey will have to be quarantined in a government-imposed hotel at a cost of £ 1,750.
Reports in The Telegraph claimed the UK government was in talks on whether to move the final to England, a move that makes sense at first glance with two English teams competing for the final.
However, Wembley is already booked for the match date, May 29, when the Championship play-off final is due to take place.
Aston Villa’s hometown of Villa Park and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are also believed to be options for the game.
UEFA expected 4,000 supporters from each team to make it to the final at Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but this is unlikely to be the case.
UEFA is considered “very unhappy” with the government’s decision.
It is possible that special exemptions will be granted to players and staff by the UK government but, for optical reasons, it is unlikely that such special measures will be granted.
The match could also be moved by UEFA to another country but due to such a short turnaround time is deemed logistically impossible leaving another venue in England as the best option.
Shapps was asked directly about the Champions League final and said: “Fans shouldn’t be going to Turkey. The FA is in talks with UEFA on this matter. We are very open to the organization of the final, but it is ultimately a decision of UEFA. “
The government said the situation would be reviewed every three weeks. Turkey has seen a sharp increase in Covid cases, with 22,000 new infections reported in the past 24 hours.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was asked on Friday whether he supported the transfer of the game to another country and whether he supported the idea: “Support would mean that I get involved in this and I don’t not get involved in these discussions or reflections because I have enough to prepare myself and the team for the games to come.
“I fully trust anyone who decides to make a reasonable decision.
“When we weren’t sure where we would play against Porto in the home and away leg. That’s why I trust everyone involved at Chelsea and others who will decide. I’m just getting ready for the final for now. “