The United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has recently updated its travel advice for Turkey, issuing warnings about the threat of terrorism ahead of the summer holiday season as approximately 1.6 million British holidaymakers prepare to visit the popular tourist destination, The Mirror reported on Friday.
The FCDO, a government organization responsible for advising British nationals on international travel, has emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant while in Turkey. The updated guidance highlights potential areas of concern and advises against travel to certain regions due to safety and security risks.
The FCDO’s travel advice acknowledges that most visits to Turkey are completed without incident. However, it urges travelers to be aware of political tensions in the country and the potential for violence, especially following the devastating earthquakes earlier this year.
The recent update specifically warns of a “high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals” in Turkey. It identifies Southeast Turkey, Ankara and İstanbul as areas where most terrorist attacks have occurred. The advisory notes that terrorists are likely to target places frequently visited by tourists, such as public buildings, places of worship, major events and large public gatherings.
In light of ongoing conflicts near the border with Syria, the FCDO advises against all travel within 10 kilometers of the border. The guidance highlights the risk of terrorist groups using kidnapping as a tactic and emphasizes the need for heightened vigilance in border areas. It also recommends against all but essential travel to the city of Şırnak and Hakkari province.
The FCDO’s travel advice is designed to provide British nationals with up-to-date information and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their travel plans. However, the ultimate decision to travel to Turkey remains with the individual.
Turkey has seen a significant increase in foreign tourism, with a 16.2 percent year-on-year rise in May alone. Popular destinations include Antalya, İstanbul, Muğla and Edirne, according to figures from Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry.