Jan 11 2018

U.S. State Dept: Reconsider travelling to Turkey

The United States Department of State has classified Turkey as a “level three” risk out of four, in a new system designed to protect U.S. citizens travelling to foreign countries.

The State Department’s page on Turkey, which was updated on Jan. 10, advises citizens to “reconsider travel” to Turkey due to “terrorism and arbitrary detention” risks.

The page advises citizens not to travel to areas along the Syrian border or in the south east more generally, due to terrorism.

The department also warns about conditions in Turkey under the current state of emergency, in effect since Jul. 20 2016:

“Under the current State of Emergency, security forces have detained individuals suspected of affiliation with alleged terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey.”