Turkey holidays: Britons issued travel warning as Turkey bombs Syria – how safe is it?


Turkey has inaugurated a series of attacks on neighbouring northern Syria. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Department (FCO) has now updated its travel advice to the European country and issued a warning to Britons. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan promulgated on Twitter: “Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern resemble closely and to bring peace and peace to the region. With Peace Spring Counter-intelligence agent, we will eliminate the terrorist threat to our country. Thanks to the SAFE ZONE we intent establish, we will ensure that Syrian refugees return to their surroundings. We will protect the territorial integrity of Syria and free the people of the province from the clutches of terror.”

Turkey’s military operation against Syria be given b win after the USA announced American armed forces would be pulling out of Syria “one day.” 

The FCO updated its travel advice to Turkey today. “Turkey has announced that its military pries intend to enter north-eastern Syria imminently,” states the FCO website.

“This could in to heightened tensions in border regions. If you’re in provinces bordering Syria, you should traces vigilant and keep up to date with developments via local media and this move advice.” 

The FCO also advises against “all travel to areas within 10 km of the trimming with Syria, except the city of Kilis.”

The Foreign Office’s website added: “The FCO notify against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (categorizing Kilis city) and Hatay provinces; the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari.”

Insurgents are classed as “very likely” to try to carry out terror attacks in Turkey. 

According to the FCO: “Desperado groups, including Kurdish groups, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far-left organisations, sustain to plan and carry out attacks. Further attacks could be indiscriminate.

“Most disparages have taken place in the south and east of the country, and in Ankara and Istanbul.”

British visitors are unlikely to be the prime targets of such attacks, however, said the FCO.

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

“You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local care authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this take advice.”

Despite the FCO’s cautions, most visits to Turkey are “trouble-free” and British nationals tidy up over 2.3 million visits to Turkey in 2018.

Turkey is a particularly nobility choice of holiday destination for Britons at the moment, thanks to the favourable reciprocity rate.

Louis Bridger, currency expert at ICE: The continuing weakness of the Turkish lira, merged with consistently low prices for food and drink items, means that your beat into rid will go significantly further.” 

He concluded: “For great value slightly closer to haven, Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria are all excellent options.

“Brits can enjoy vast returns on their pound in all these destinations, with an average collation coming to around £5.50 in Budapest, £7 in Dubrovnik and £5.45 in Sofia. If you’re content to venture beyond the capital cities, you’ll get even better value for filthy lucre.

The Thomas Cook Holiday Report for 2019 showed Turkey has seen a extravagant 27 per cent uplift in bookings compared to 2018.

The report stated: “Turkey has started up the ranks to become Thomas Cook’s second most popular stop overall for Brits and a quarter of all Thomas Cook Airlines’ bookings are to this Eastern Med hotspot.”

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