Safety & Security
There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria. We advise against all travel to this area.
There is extreme risk to your security in the city of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey, due to ongoing security force operations in the Sur district and we advise against all travel.
There is high risk to your security in Ankara and Istanbul due to the heightened threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these cities. Indians transiting Ankara or Istanbul on their way to other destinations in Turkey are advised to minimise their transit time in Ankara or Istanbul and avoid tourist sites in these two cities.
There is high risk to your security in the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli and Van in south-east Turkey. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these provinces due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.
Istanbul and Ankara
In the past year, there has been an increase in attacks in Ankara and Istanbul. Recent incidents include:
– On 1 January 2017, a shooting attack at the Reina nightclub in central Istanbul killed 39 people, including at least 15 foreigners, and injured 69 others.
– On 19 December 2016, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at a reception held in a municipal art gallery in Ankara.
– On 10 December 2016, a number of explosions near Besiktas Stadium in Istanbul killed 38 people and injured many more.
– On 28 June 2016, an armed attack and series of suicide bombings occurred at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport. At least 45 people were killed, including many civilians and foreign nationals.
– On 19 March 2016, a suicide bombing in Istiklal Street in central Istanbul killed 5 people, including foreigners, and injured a number of others.
– On 13 March 2016, an explosion in the Kizilay district in central Ankara killed 37 people and injured many more.
Further attacks in Ankara and Istanbul in the near future are expected. The terrorist groups ISIL, TAK and PKK, who have claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks, have shown the intent to conduct further attacks, including in areas frequented by foreigners.
We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul.
* The data on safety and security has been taken from foreign offices of the countries of India, United Kingdom, United States of America, Newzealand, Canada or other publicly available information