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The UK Foreign Office Issues a Warning Update for Travelling to Turkey

The UK Foreign Office Issues a Warning Update for Travelling to Turkey

The UK Foreign Office has made some changes in their travel guidelines by issuing warning updates for travelling to Tunceli, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces in Turkey. These updates came right after observing some warning signs of potential instability in the Middle East.

The governmental body of the UK has updated its guidance for the people travelling to Turkey after the citizen of Great Brittain were given the green light to visit parts of this Middle Eastern country.

According to some news reports, due to concerns regarding instability in the Middle East, the government had previously suggested that "all but essential travel" to a number of the nation's provinces should be avoided by the people from the UK.

The Foreign Office has predicted that the region is unpredictable and has the potential to become increasingly turbulent.

However, the government made a statement on Thursday (August 11) that it "no longer advises against all but essential travel to Tunceli, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces".

They continue to advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, and all areas within 10 km of the border of Syria.

A considerable distance from these areas on Turkey's west coast, there are many resorts that are popular among UK tourists.

The Foreign Office further advises, "Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey. Terrorist groups, including PKK, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far-left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks.”

"Further attacks could be indiscriminate. Most attacks have taken place in the south-east of the country, and in Ankara and Istanbul.”

"While there is a potential that citizens from western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in the major cities, attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations.”

"You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice."

At a considerable distance from these areas on Turkey's west coast, there are many resorts popular with UK tourists.

The Foreign Office further advises, "Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey. Terrorist groups, including PKK, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far-left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks.”

"Further attacks could be indiscriminate. Most attacks have taken place in the south-east of the country, and in Ankara and Istanbul.

"While there is a potential that citizens from western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in the major cities, attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations.

"You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice."

These rules and advice set by the Foreign Office must be followed at all costs, as doing otherwise could invalidate your travel insurance.

 

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