Travel advice for those travelling to Turkey

planeIf you're thinking of going to Turkey for your summer holidays, or indeed, already have something booked, then there's some important travel advice that you should heed.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria. You should not go, unless it is absolutely essential, to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces, as well as Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari provinces.

There's been a lot of trouble in Turkey of late. There's a high threat from terrorism in Turkey, and according to the FCO, "there are active terrorist groups throughout the country. These include domestic religious extremist and ideological groups, and international groups involved in the conflict in Syria. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners."

They add: "The terrorist group DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front) has launched a series of attacks in Istanbul in 2015 targeting the Turkish police and judiciary. On 5 June, two people were killed and many injured by an explosion at an HDP rally in Diyarbakir. On 9 June, 4 people were killed in an attack in Diyarbakir. You should exercise caution."

"Border crossings into Syria and nearby locations have also been targeted. On 20 July, a suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and injured over 100 others in Suruc, Sanlurfa."

They add that there's been armed assaults, suicide bombings, car bombings and rocket attacks and improvised explosive devices left in bins, in crowded areas and on public transport. What should concern you, is that there's a heightened threat of terrorist attacks against UK interests and British nationals. There is also a threat of kidnapping near the Syrian border in Turkey.

Contacts For Those Travelling In Turkey

If you require urgent help contact the consular assistance team on 020 7008 1500 which is available 24 hours. If you’re in Turkey and need emergency help, please contact the British Embassy Ankara.

Şehit Ersan Caddesi 46/A
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +90 312 455 33 44
Fax: +90 312 455 33 52

1 comment

  • collin s.
    Dear/Sir madam I am going to turkey on the middle of august on holiday with my family . We are going to SIDE . Will it be safe thankyou from Mr Colin Spragg

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