Tukey holidays: Is it safe to go to Turkey after election? Latest FCO advice and news | Travel News | Travel

Tukey holidays: Is it safe to go to Turkey after election? Latest FCO advice and news | Travel News | Travel 46

Turkey is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Britons year after year.

Hours of sunshine, cheap prices, and delicious food entice holidaymakers throughout the year.

But recent political unrest has made some wary of heading to Turkey, with the elections finally taking place yesterday.

Ahead of the vote, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated their travel advice urging tourists to take care and be aware of any holiday disruption.

Is it safe to travel to Turkey now the election is over and the result is in?

The FCO have yet to update their advice in light of the election results, which saw Recep Erdogan win another five years in office with just over 50 per cent of the vote.

They wrote last week: “Presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018. This may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country.

“You should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Tourism to Turkey has been recovering in recent months following deadly attacks last year.

In 2017, 39 people lost their lives after a gunman went on a rampage at a upmarket Istanbul nightclub.

The FCO says “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey” and “it’s likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities”.

Travellers are advised to “remain vigilant” in crowded places and areas popular with tourists.

Turkey is one of six countries in Europe which the FCO classifies as “very likely” to face a terror threat.

There are a number of active terrorist groups in the country, including Daesh which have publicly threatened to attack tourist sites.

Belgium, France, Germany and Russia are also classified as “very likely” to face a terror threat.

MI5 list the current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is listed as severe.

Meanwhile 14 European countries are classified as “likely” to face a terror threat.

These include popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy, and Sweden.

However, there are a number of European countries which are classified on the lowest threat level by the FCO, which is “terror can’t be ruled out”.

These include Ireland, Portugal and Greece, which are all top holiday destinations for Britons.

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