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Travelling to Turkey Warning

Are you planning on travelling to Turkey for work, pleasure, or to visit family abroad? If so, you may want to reschedule your trip. On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning informing U.S. citizens of the dangers of travelling to Turkey.

On February 29, 2016, a new Travel Warning was issued by the U.S. Department of State, replacing the February 4, 2016 Warning.

According to the government agency, the recent terrorist attacks and the surge in threats from local and international groups have placed tourists in danger. The agency believes that U.S. citizens should reconsider their trip to Turkey until peace and safety are restored.

Turkey has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world, many of which are located in Istanbul. For example, there is the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Pallace, Basilica Cistern, the Galata Tower, and the Sϋleymaniqye Mosque.

However, some of the latest terrorist attacks have targeted travelers as they visited some of the country’s favorite tourist attractions, making these gems unsafe.

Threat of Kidnapping Real

In addition to tourist sites being attacked, other important buildings are being targeted, such as U.S. government buildings, police stations, and other government authorities in Turkey. Kidnapping remains a real and present threat, especially for those travelling in the southeast.

From Syria to Turkey, there have been incidents of border shelling, where travelers were met with a spray of bullets. With that threat in mind, the U.S. Department of State offers this advice to world travelers who are heading to Turkey:

  • Do not travel to southeastern Turkey.
  • Do not travel anywhere near the Syrian border.
  • Stay away from popular tourist attractions.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Do not attend or go near political gatherings.
  • Stay informed by the local media.
  • Be very careful when visiting areas frequented by tourists.

If you need further information about travelling to Turkey, returning to Turkey, or about your visa, contact a Plano immigration attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.