Is Turkey a Safe place to Travel to in 2016?? Honest answer, is yes and no. For those that follow me and know me, you know I have been asking around to find out the thoughts of those that live in Turkey and those that plan to travel to Turkey, about how safe is Turkey.
The overwhelming answers I get are, “Turkey is as safe as anywhere else in the world”, “you are more likely to get hit by a car, than hit by a bomb”
The last sentence, then makes ask again, so is it safe?
Well I kind of hope so as I am travelling back in April to our home to spend some time with my husband over the Easter holidays.
After Sunday’s 3 bomb attack in the capital Ankara, it has people asking is Turkey a Safe Place to travel to. There is also extensive unrest in parts of the East of Turkey and there is the added issue of the refugee crisis.
It’s not really looking good……
I have spoken to many who are living in Turkey and living in various areas across Turkey, not only in the Tourist regions but also in the big cities, including Ankara and Istanbul.
The over riding response is “yes we feel safe in Turkey”, “we are as safe here as anywhere else right now” and of course from the brits “can’t let fear win or the terrorist win, we survived the IRA years!”
My thoughts are:
The conflict in Syria is 14 hours from Antalya which is 1,143 km away. Currently there are active peace talks and Russia is starting to pull out of Syria. Perhaps even this year we will see a resolve to the Syrian conflict. We can but hope.
If you are travelling anywhere in the East of Turkey, please check with your Embassy and keep up to date with ongoing events in the area that you are planning to travel and do not take unnecessary risk. There are areas currently while writing this under curfew and there is fighting in theses areas. So do please check before you travel to the East.
All of the coastal tourist areas are safe and you need not worry if you are planning a two week beach holiday. With all tourist areas being many miles and hours away from any trouble.
Travelling to main cities, like Istanbul or Ankara. This is a harder question to answer. I would advise if you are travelling to the cities, be aware, keep away from large gatherings and keep a watch on your embassy instructions.
Which leads me to my next point, do keep an eye on your embassy’s instructions while traveling in Turkey and any country to that matter. As we have seen over the last year, trouble can happen anywhere.
Be aware, take precautions and if you see something suspicious then do contact the police.
I can in no way tell you if you should or shouldn’t travel to Turkey. For me personally I think Turkey is safe to travel to, or I wouldn’t be taking my Son over and my husband would certainly not let us come if he thought in anyway there was any danger to us.
Turkey is a wonderful and interesting country to travel to, the people are warm and friendly and there are so many wonderful things to see and do. Unbeknownst to many people, Turkey is even a short flight away from Israel, and many travellers may make the decision to have a look at their christian tours to israel before flying back home. If you’re such a small distance from this opportunity, then surely you’d consider it before leaving, right? And Turkey could be the best place to visit to get you in the mood for that possibility first. It is a shame that there has been so much negative interest in Turkey over the past few months, which in some cases hasn’t even been the truth of what is happening within the country.
In conclusion, there are pockets in Turkey where at the moment I would not advise travelling to, mainly in the East. But for most of Turkey, Turkey is a safe place to travel to. Just be aware and check your embassy website.
I am really looking forward to my trip home and I hope those that do have holidays booked or those perhaps thinking to come to Turkey in 2016,do make the decision to come and that you all have a wonderful time.
If I think at any point that Turkey is no longer a safe place to be, I will be the first person to let you all know.
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