People ask me this question often. Probably because I travel to Turkey regularly. There is no definitive answer because it’s all a matter of perception, and what is going on politically at the time. In all honesty, is it safe to travel to Turkey or many of the countries of the world? If we were to live our lives in fear of “something” happening, then we wouldn’t travel anywhere. Sense and sensibility prevail. Staying on top of what is going on and checking relevant sites helps to keep you updated. Of course, it is common sense to be vigilant when out and about particularly in crowded places. During difficult times the FCO will generally issue warnings of travel and remove them as things calm down.
Differering advice from Embassies on ‘is it safe to travel to Turkey’?
At the time of writing this Blog most of Turkey has the ‘green label’ which denotes travel is safe. This advice differs somewhat to the DOS (US Department of State). Check both and decide personally what feels right for you.
We have been visiting Turkey for over ten years and never felt unsafe, or threatened at any time. This includes
Is it safe to travel to Turkey as a solo female?
Another question that I’ve been asked. Information can be found easily by doing a Google search and a little digging around. Many women travel to Turkey on their own. In addition, there are some great solo travel blogs which provide excellent facts and useful travel pointers. Some of the female solo travellers I met like to take group tours, which also gives them the chance to meet other people or travel in a group in certain areas. As a woman
My own take on ‘is it safe to travel to Turkey’?
I am writing this blog to hopefully alleviate any fears or worries about visiting Turkey for a holiday. I truly feel that when you have the correct information and carry out some research beforehand consequently you are able to make a decision to suit you. We love visiting Turkey for so many reasons, as a result, we stay updated with all that is happening. The British Embassy posts regular updates on safety and travel advice.
It is common sense to stay vigilant
Ensure you have the details of your Embassy at hand. At the moment in some Resort areas of Turkey, you need to carry your Visa and Passport with you at all times. Failure to do this may lead to a fine.
While out and about in crowded places, keep your wits about you. There are pickpockets in every country so don’t leave bags open or purses visible. The Turkish police and Jandarma keep a careful eye on all that is going on and have a strong presence in tourist areas.
Who are the Jandarma?
The Jandarma are quite prevalent in rural areas (The Gendarmerie General Command). They are a service branch of the Turkish Armed Forces and responsible for the maintenance of public order in areas falling outside the jurisdiction of police forces and in assuring internal security.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey as a family?
Turkish people are very family oriented. Resorts cater to family everywhere. That said, there are some parts of Turkey that are safer than others. Generally, the advice is that you should avoid visiting any areas within 10 kilometers of the Syrian border. Remember that the two-year state of emergency only ended in 2018. With so much of this fabulous country to see and explore, you don’t need to be headed in that direction anyway.
More than 40 million tourists visited Turkey between January-October 2018. The Culture and Tourism Ministry announced that nearly 35.6 million foreigners visited in the first 10 months of 2018. It looks like that figure is set to rise and understandably so.
The Turkish Riviera
With so much to see in this region, there is something for everyone including those that love visiting archaeological sites. Here you will find the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and so much more. Side has some interesting sites to visit if visiting ancient sites is something you enjoy.
Why do I
favour Turkey so much?
The area where I stay is classified as being semi-rural as it is away from the busier tourist towns. Therefore, Tourist villas sit happily alongside the Turkish people’s homes. The beach is a
There’s nothing like a good organic farmers market
One of the best things I love about Turkey is the food fresh from the Farmers Market. With my ‘granny’ shoppers trolley in hand, off I go. No haggling at the food market. The food is cheap, plentiful and the farmers are genuine and honest. I fill up on all the fabulous fresh veggies and fruit. Incredibly flavourful and inexpensive compared to home in the UK.
So many things to see and do
In conclusion to the question “is it safe to travel to Turkey?” My hope is that some of the information may help you to make that decision yourself.
There is so much to see and do in Turkey, way too much to fit within one blog. More on this lovely destination will follow.
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