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Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey?

Alanya Harbour

Turkey is being discussed in the press because of the close proximity to the issues ongoing in Syria. As a popular summer destination for Brits seeking some sunshine it is understandable so many customers are asking if this destination is still safe for a holiday this year.

All tour operators operating summer holidays to Turkey will take advice from the FCO – Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The FCO are constantly monitoring the safety of areas around the world with the latest news and intelligence to ensure the safety of British citizens when travelling.

The current information from the FCO – Foreign and Commonwealth Office is, to avoid all travel within 10km of the border with Syria, and all but essential travel to the areas Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilos and Hatay provinces, also including Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari proviences.

These are not tourist areas and it is important to remember that holiday resorts such as Dalaman, Bodrum, Antalya and Izmir are in fact over 500 hundreds of miles away from bordering Syria and Iraq and have not been affected. This is more than the distance between London and Frankfurt in Germany.

The information is constantly reviewed and tour operators main priority is safety of their guests and staff. Resort staff have advised guests are enjoying their holidays to Turkey as planned with no disruption. There are no restrictions to guests in the resorts and there are no curfews.

Further information can be found at the FCO website

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