Most foreign state departments warn against traveling to Turkey as a high-risk destination due to the heightened threat of terrorism in major cities like Ankara and Istanbul, but also in Turkish provinces like Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli, and Van. Moreover, the New Zeland Foreign Affairs and Trade Bureau advises against all travel in Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey.
A travel warning by the U.S. Department of State has been in place since late October, and today’s shootings in Ankara and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey reinforces the alert.
After shooting in #Ankara, due to the ongoing police activity, recommended to avoid the area at least until Tuesday morning, Dec 20.
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) December 19, 2016
The Government of Canada doesn’t have a nationwide advisory in effect for Turkey, however, advises a high degree of caution due to crime and the threat of terrorist attacks.
UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria, as well as against all but essential travel to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli, and Hakkari.
The state of emergency that was announced by President Erdoğan on July 21, 2016, which was supposed to last for three months, has been extended for an additional three months by the National Security Council of Turkey on September 28, 2016.
In light of recent terrorist attacks, Turkey remains a high-risk travel destination.