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Travel warning upgraded for Turkey

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

istiklal street tramBoth Australia and United States upgrade travel warning for Turkey. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that the travel advice for Ankara and Istanbul had been upgraded in light of a string of terror attacks.

“I am conscious of the effect of this on the many Australians planning to attend this year’s Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli,” she said in a statement.

“The Australian Government is not aware of any specific threat to Anzac Day services planned on the Gallipoli peninsula or to other Australian interests in Turkey.

“The overall level of advice for Turkey, including Canakkale and the Gallipoli peninsula, remains at ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.”

Meanwhile the U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. government civilians in Izmir and Mugla provinces, and restricted official travel to Turkey to “mission-critical” travel only. U.S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will provide all routine consular services.

The official warning also says, “U.S. government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, and Elazig. U.S. citizens should avoid areas in close proximity to the Syrian border.”

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