SEVERAL countries have issued travel warnings for Turkey in the wake of Saturday’s dual suicide bombing.
A total of 15 countries stepped up advisories. They include the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Iran, Bugun media reported.
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice section for Turkey following the deadly suicide bombing that killed at least 95 in Ankara.
“We recommend staying away from central Ankara and restricting any movements around the city. You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings in Turkey and remain extra vigilant. You should follow any instructions given by local authorities,” the updated travel warning read.
The FCO also warned against all but essential travel to Şırnak, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli, Diyarbakır and Hakkari provinces.
All are in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish eastern and southeastern regions, where clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants have become increasingly common.
Germany also issued a similar travel warning.
Aside from the United Kingdom and Germany, other countries that have issued travel warnings for Turkey citing terrorism include the United States, France, Italy, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Iran.
Australia and New Zealand advise against “non-essential travel” to the Syrian border areas NOT for all of Turkey.