U.S. State Department: Travel Warning for Turkey
At the end of March, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for folks considering travel to Turkey.
And just today, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey. In addition, a new Reuters story recaps some of the terrorist incidents in Turkey this year
Further, we continue to see alerts and warning coming through our travel channels regarding travel to Turkey. In fact, just yesterday we learned of a Viking Ocean Cruise that changed its final disembarkation port from Istanbul to Athens.
While we’re sad to say it, we’re recommending that our clients and readers avoid Turkey while all of this unrest is occurring. While there have been widely publicized isolated problems in other parts of Europe, Turkey remains the one problem area where the danger is persistent.
Having said all of that, we don’t feel that this particular warning in Turkey should make you overly concerned about travel to other places in Europe. Turkey is the only country popular to European travelers that currently holds a travel warning from the U.S. State Department.
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