Over the last few weeks, there’ve been a number of highly-publicised stories about civil unrest in Turkey – so much so that many travellers from Britain and other nations are concerned about their trips.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have not given any warnings about any beach resorts, but have given guidance about areas such as Istanbul, and areas bordering Syria and Iraq.
While demonstrations continue to take place in cities across Turkey, they are largely peaceful and sporadic. Violent confrontations between police and protesters which mainly occurred in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and the surrounding area; central Ankara, particularly in the Kizilay area; and central Izmir near the waterfront, have now largely abated.
Any travellers who are still concerned about travelling to Turkey on holiday, may want to read the most up to date information on the FCO website.
Avoid demonstrations, however small
The FCO has told British nationals to keep away from any demonstrations. While it’s common sense for the likes of those in Istanbul – alongside the capital Ankara and Izmir, on the west coast – the cities are by and large safe to visit.
Meanwhile, famed beach resorts like Bodrum and Marmaris have only seen a handful of peaceful demonstrations. Common sense is key – and besides, you’re on your holiday to enjoy it.
Plan in advance for any journeys, long or short
Public and private transport has seen some delays and with this in mind, be sure to adjust any itineraries to allow extra time for local travel, particularly between airports.
Travel insurance and cancellations
If you’re still concerned and considering cancelling your holiday it’s worth checking your travel insurance policy. The success of claiming from your insurance policy and through a holiday supplier will often depend on the advice given by the FCO.
If you have some time before you holiday, it’s worth getting a travel insurance policy that covers forms of civil unrest. While this isn’t standard in most policies, it’s easy to find out online if one does. It may just be a case of bolting on an extra clause to what you usually get – or what you’ve already bought.
If in doubt, then contact your travel agent or tour operator if there are any concerns. They will know the latest FCO information, and will be able to advise you before you travel.
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