FCO Travel Advice for - Turkey

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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Turkish towns of Akḉakale and Ceylanpinar and against all but essential travel to areas within 10km of Turkey's border with Syria. Five Turkish citizens were killed in October 2012 when a shell fell on the town of Akḉakale. Syrian forces continue to target areas close to the Turkish border.

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli. You should be especially vigilant when travelling in other provinces in south eastern Turkey. See Terrorism

  • There is a high threat from terrorism. The PKK has carried out frequent attacks throughout the country. Al Qaeda and other networks have specifically targeted western interests in Turkey. See Terrorism

  • Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes. See Natural disasters

  • Demonstrations occur regularly in major cities and have the potential to turn violent. See Political situation.

  • Over 2,500, 000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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