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Visiting Turkey During the State of Emergency

6th October 2016

***UPDATE*** (04.01.2017) - Turkey's state of emergency will be extended for another three months

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus made the announcement following a Cabinet meeting.

The state of emergency would be extended as of Jan. 19TH 2017 for 90 days, with parliament’s approval.

Now that we know that the state of emergency is being officially extended in turkey what does that mean for tourists hoping to visit with in the next three months?

Well for the most part things have returned to normal although if you’ve visited Turkey before you may notice a heightened police presence.


This is especially notably in larger cities like Istanbul and Ankara, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice remains the same as it was previously, advising against traveling within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir. And follow the advice of local authorities at all times and comply with any demands.


Other advice remains pretty standard as the FCO states: "You should be vigilant, particularly in areas where crowds may gather, and stay well away from any demonstrations. Take sensible precautions if you’re near any military or security forces. Roadblocks are in place in some areas."


Basically if you use your common sense and are aware of your surroundings you will be fine. Although due to the state of emergency and the heighten security presence there’s also a few other changes tourists should be aware of.


Travelling Safely

The important thing that everyone needs to know is that both Turkish citizens and foreign nationals need to carry identification documents with them at all times while the state of emergency is in action. This needs to be a passport. A residency card or driving license will not be adequate identification.


There are no travel restrictions for foreign national’s currently in place and any students should carry their student certificates while travelling. And everyone should carry their work permits if they work in Turkey. But for tourists all you really need is your passport so make sure you have it with at all times.


Another friendly piece of advice would be to avoid angering anyone especially if it concerns politics, while no one wants to censor anyone’s opinions during the state of emergency and given recent events emotions are clearly running high so it would be advisable to keep political talk and opinions to yourself at least while in public.


You should also prepare yourself for slightly longer check-ins and check outs from the airport so make sure you arrive earlier. Flights are still running in Turkey and many people are still enjoying visiting this great country. So as long as you follow the advice of local authorities and remain calm and co-operative you’ll be find.  

Written by David Varty - YellAli Content Team

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