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Is it safe to travel in Turkey?

Turkey sometimes gets negative media attention. However, its resorts are still as popular as ever. If you are thinking of travelling to Turkey, here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Are there any parts of Turkey to avoid?

You should avoid passing within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria as there is extreme political unrest and an extremely high threat of terrorism in this area. You should also avoid travelling to the areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay as there has been recent violence in these areas and they remain dangerous.

The border has special security areas around it and the fighting in Syria sometimes reaches the edge, with rounds fired across the border on occasion. Diyarbakir, Tunceli, Hakkari and Siirt and the Mount Ararat area are also advised against as fighting between Turkish forces and the PKK is focused on this area.

Is it safe for women travelling alone?

It is safe to travel alone, but women may want to dress more conservatively than normal to reduce the chance of unwanted attention. You should also take usual precautionary measures such as taking licensed taxis, staying aware of your surroundings, and saying you are with a friend if you become uncomfortable in any situation. Pickpocketing is rife, so you should keep an eye on your possessions and refrain from carrying valuables.

Do I need vaccinations for travel?

Although most vaccinations are not necessary, it is vital that you take out Turkey travel insurance for medical emergencies and any accidents that could occur when you are abroad.

It is only necessary to have an up-to-date tetanus booster and your routine vaccinations to stay safe in Turkey. However, you may consider hepatitis A and hepatitis B and rabies, dependant on your travel plans, such as if you are staying longer.

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