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1 February 2016

A recently updated travel advisory from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces
  • Siirt, Tunceli, Diyarbakir and Hakkari

Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Although the Turkish authorities have successfully disrupted attack planning in the recent past, the threat from terrorism remains high. Terrorist groups, including Kurdish groups, Daesh and far left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks. As a result, further attacks are likely.

The majority of attacks are likely to continue to target the Turkish state. Nevertheless, it is likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourism, as they did in Istanbul on 12 January 2016 when 10 tourists died in a suicide bombing. The Turkish Prime Minister has described the person who carried out this attack as a member of Daesh. To date the majority of attacks in Turkey have taken place in the south and east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul.

The Turkish authorities have said that security has been tightened in response to the attack on tourists on 12 January 2016. Further attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners. Border crossings into Syria and nearby locations have also been targeted. Be vigilant, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.

Travelers are advised to avoid all large crowds and demonstrations in any part of the country and to remain vigilant.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey

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