U.S. issues new travel warning for Turkey
Turkish police patrol in Istanbul.

U.S. issues new travel warning for Turkey

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a warning for travel to Turkey, based on increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and including a caution to U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.

“Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations.  U.S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans and remain vigilant at all times.”

The U.S. Department of State is also warning U.S. travellers to:

  • Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.
  • Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.
  • Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.
  • Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.
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