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Southeastern Turkey Travel Warning

Turkey Travel Warning: U.S. Citizens To Avoid Travel To Southeastern Turkey

The Department of State has published the following Turkey travel warning on their website:

In light of the July 15 coup attempt and the resulting potential for interruptions to travel and daily life, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time.  This update replaces the Travel Warning dated July 16, 2016.

Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations.  As stated in the Worldwide Caution dated March 3, 2016, throughout Europe extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate as well as religious sites and high-profile events.  U.S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans and remain vigilant at all times.

U.S. citizens should avoid areas in proximity to the Syrian border.Department of State

In the image below, you see how Turkey shares a good portion of their southeastern border with Iraq and Syria.

Southeastern Turkey Travel Warning Map
Image Courtesy of U.S. Department of State

Is Turkey Safe?

For your safety, the Department of State recommends the following:

  • Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.
  • Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.
  • Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.
  • Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
  • Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.
  • Monitor local media.

Travel Internationally?

I encourage you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. I maintain enrollment for all countries I have been to or have an interest in to ensure I have the most up-to-date information from the DoS. The service helps when planning to travel overseas.