Is Turkey a Safe Place to Travel to 2016

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?

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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. 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.

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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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6 Responses to “Is Turkey a Safe Place to Travel to 2016”

  1. 15th March 2016

    Vicky Reply

    I’m travelling to Turkey with my family for our annual holiday and would not be contemplating it if I thought it was unsafe… We will go being a bit more vigilant as we do any where in the world at the moment but it will not stop us from enjoying our beautiful Turkey xx

  2. 15th March 2016

    angela Reply

    I have lived in Turkey for over a year now, and love my life. In Fethiye where we are, life ticks by as normal, and were it not for the media reports we would never know there is a problem. The sun shines, the sea is blue, the people are lovely, and as a woman I never worry about my personal safety. The big picture is a much more worrying prospect, and there are no answers or guarantees. I would be devastated if my family felt too scared to visit, but there are risks & issues wherever you go. I am planning a trip to London with grandchildren next month. Will we be safe? Who knows!

  3. 15th March 2016

    Jane Gundogan Reply

    As you may know I am not living in a tourist area I am living in a village outside of Mersin. Mersin is approx 3 hours from the current ‘do not visit’ zone suggested by our embassies. We are currently on a terrorist watch. There is a huge polis contingent out and about right now (on every street corner in fact).

    Why? They want to catch these bastards as much as everyone else. We all want the same thing. A safe place to live and visit.

    Do I feel safe? There are currently a huge influx of refugees in Mersin (a city with one of the highest influx of long term refugees) and yet it still feels like home.

    Would I visit Mersin / Turkey? Sure (although it is difficult to convince my friends and family back home that we are safe).

    Would I visit Antayla / Bodrum / Izmir? Feck yeah! Send me a ticket.

  4. 15th March 2016

    backtobodrum Reply

    Unfortunately I think it is inevitable that a tourist resort will be tagetted sometime as the aim is to rock the economy. Who knows when or where, so I’m assuming the risk is the same as a visit to London or Paris but at least I know the police in the resorts are on high alert and the jandarmes are out on all the roads.

  5. 25th April 2016

    Virginia Reply

    A great post again!, thanks!.
    I sent you a replay to your post “10 years being with a Turk” and I told you I married a Turkish man 9 years ago and we have a child of three. I love Turkey so it was hard when we decided to not visit it on 2014 (for some job reasons) and harder last year when we couldn’t go because I got ill and my illness didn’t let me go out of my house for nearly 6 months. When I was in bed feeling so bad I used to think ( to cheer my-self up) that one year later I’d be in Turkey having fun…but that horrible war and those scaring terrorist attacks appareared and my dream was broken. I’ve been two weeks suffering insomnia thinking about “to go or not to go”. I’ve spoken with lots of people like you did, and I received the same answers as you. But one day I woke up and though that if I stay here, missing Turkey, I will suffer a lot, that I need to go there and that my daughter will have a lot of fun with her grandparents, uncle and aunt, and that I deserve to be happy after so many difficult years. So…I bought the flight tickets three days ago.
    Nothing bad will happen, inşallah.
    TURKEY HERE WE GOOOOO!

    • 2nd May 2016

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Nothing bad will happen, I am sure you will have lovely time.

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