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Is Turkey safe to travel thro at the moment?

Jun 27th, 2011, 03:51 AM
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Is Turkey safe to travel thro at the moment?

Hi There,

I am trying to plan a Turkey trip in August for 2 weeks and wanted to know if it was safe to travel there at the moment given the recent Kurdish protests & being so close to the Syrian border.

Many thanks,

A-L
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Jun 27th, 2011, 04:13 AM
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Armileni:
We have recently returned from a trip to turkey,Madrid and Valencia.
We cannot think of a place safer or more frindly than Turkey(trip report to follow in a few days).You can go without any problem(unless you plan to go to the sirian border,of course).
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Jun 27th, 2011, 04:15 AM
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http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/c.../cis_1046.html

It is a big country fine in most tourist areas currently

Personally would go stay flexible follow consular advisories

monitor for travel alerts in insuremytrip.com

would not plunk down large sums that were not refundable.

Turkish Air into IST a nice Otel.com or booking.com room

with a view for me work my way around flexibly from there.

Happy Travels!
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Jun 27th, 2011, 04:43 AM
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You going to the Syrian border?

If not its ok, but, BUT, do not take photos of bridges, railway stations or airports. Not worth the hassle.
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Jun 27th, 2011, 06:07 AM
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Thanks for the responses...No plans to go near Syrian border, just wanted to investigate just in case I needed to have alternative plans. I have been looking forward to visiting Turkey for so long!
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Jun 27th, 2011, 07:39 AM
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Dear A-L,

You should worry more about the sun, heat and the humidity in August than safety issues.

You could even go near the Syrian border as Angelina Jolly did recently and would not be any less safe. The 12,000 or so Syrian refugees stay mostly in three or four large tent-towns and life in the neighboring Turkish cities go as usual, except for the increased sales by the local markets and grocery stores.

Just do not go further East where the Kurdish population and their elected representatives to the Turkish parliament are not currently very happy. there is absolutely nothing against tourists but there is always the possibility that one could get caught between the protestors and the local police forces.

But Turkey is a huge country. You can visit for months visiting antique city ruins, trekking or hiking for natural sights, swimming at blue flag beaches and small coves, and discovering local cultures. So, if antiquity is not a major factor and you do not mind less touristy areas which have only a few more recent ruins, the Black Sea areas will provide cooler weather (also fewer beaches) but terrific forests, mountains, lakes, valleys, honey and local rural culture.
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Jun 27th, 2011, 11:29 PM
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Thanks for your advice...I am going to Turkey as planned and you have put my mind at ease.

Cheers,

A-L
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Jun 28th, 2011, 02:45 AM
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On Facebook, Rick Steves has recently been blogging from Turkey. A great read that makes me want to go that much more. Enjoy a great trip.
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Jun 28th, 2011, 09:16 AM
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Thanks AnneMarie!
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Jun 30th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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we just spent 12 days in Istanbul and Cappadocia and never felt safer (trip report coming hopefully soon). People couldn't have been nicer and we have never felt safer in any number of european or asian countries.

you'll love it.
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Jul 3rd, 2011, 05:31 AM
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Thanks so much jwb1
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Jul 3rd, 2011, 11:39 PM
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"Just do not go further East where the Kurdish population and their elected representatives to the Turkish parliament are not currently very happy"

A very nice way of putting it!
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