The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the towns of Akḉakale and Ceylanpinar and against all but essential travel to areas within 10km of Turkey’s border with Syria.
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 and in areas close to the Syrian border. See Terrorism and Local Travel - Syrian border.
Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Since late May 2013, there have been demonstrations in cities across Turkey where police have used tear gas and water cannon. On the evening of 25 February protests took place in a number of cities across Turkey, including Istanbul (Kadıköy district on the Asian side of the city), Izmir and Ankara. Police used water cannon and tear gas in response. There may be further disturbances this week, including in the area around Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and there remains a risk of a strong police response. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations. See Demonstrations.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Al Qaeda and other networks have specifically targeted western interests in Turkey. There have also been terrorist attacks close to the Syrian border. Local media reports suggest there is a possibility of terrorist attacks targeting figures from the Syrian opposition based in Ankara, Hatay, Gaziantep and Istanbul.
The KGK (formerly known as PKK) has carried out frequent attacks throughout the country, though these have reduced significantly since the launch of the Government’s peace process with the KGK in early 2013. See Terrorism.
If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, you can now get an e-visa online before you travel. From 11 April 2014, the Turkish authorities will start to phase out issuing visas on arrival. If you’re arriving in Turkey on or after 11 April, you should get an e-visa online before you travel. See Visas.
Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes. An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred on 30 July in the Aegean Sea, 50km west of Canakkale (Gallipoli). See Natural disasters.
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