Summary

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.

Demonstrations

On 11 March, a young casualty of last summer’s protests died following a long spell in a coma. On 12 March, in response to his death, there were demonstrations in several cities across Turkey. In Istanbul the demonstrations centred on the Şişli district, as well as around Taksim Square and Istiklal Street. There were violent exchanges between the police and demonstrators in a number of cities, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse protestors. In Istanbul’s Şişli district, following a confrontation, one man was shot and later died: a terrorist group, the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility.

Further demonstrations in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other major cities may take place, particularly in the run-up to nationwide local elections on 30 March. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations. See Demonstrations

Terrorism

There is a high threat from terrorism. There are active terrorist groups throughout Turkey. These include domestic religious extremist and ideological groups, and international groups involved in the conflict in Syria. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

Visas

If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, get an e-Visa online before you travel. Only use the official e-Visa website. Avoid unauthorised websites as they may charge an additional fee.

For the time being, if you don’t have an e-Visa you can still get a visa on arrival for £20 in cash, but the visa on arrival service is due to be phased out in the near future. To avoid possible problems or delays at the Turkish border, or when boarding your flight in the UK, get an e-Visa before you travel. See Entry requirements

Earthquakes

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

Overseas Business Risk

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Travel insurance

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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