Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
Turkey has experienced a number of acts of terrorism, affecting local residents as well as more than 2.5 million Britons who visit each year. Many people are probably wondering whether Turkey is a safe destination.
As of 19 April 2016, the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has maintained its advice against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir. It also advises against all but essential travel to Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces, as well as Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari, but has not advised against travel to Istanbul or Ankara specifically. The FCO website does advise avoiding the area of the Istanbul bomb blast.
***FCO Update: 2/6/2016***
“Terrorist attacks are likely to continue to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations; nevertheless, it’s increasingly likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities.”
Thinking about travelling to Turkey?
Only you can make that decision, but we believe it’s worth considering that most of Turkey’s popular resorts are not in areas to which we’re advised not to travel. The FCO does however note that “Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.”
It’s a good idea to keep a close watch on the situation and on the FCO’s recommendations, but at this stage a summer holiday at a Turkish resort seems to be an option.
To safeguard your holiday, it’s easy to purchase comprehensive travel insurance along with your booking, including a Safe Journey terrorism travel insurance policy. Among many other aspects of cover, Safe Journey enables you to cancel a trip if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of where your accommodation is situated, up to 42 days prior to departure.
Please remember that most travel insurance – including Safe Journey – does not cover travel in areas to which the FCO advises against travel, or against all but essential travel. It’s important to keep an eye on the FCO’s latest updates, especially as you get closer to your departure date.
If travel to Turkey (or a specific area within Turkey) was safe when you booked, but is advised against by the FCO before you are due to travel, your tour operator will arrange a suitable alternative. If you have booked flights and hotels independently, you should contact those providers directly.
I’ve already booked a trip to Turkey… what should I do?
If you have already booked a trip to Turkey and have purchased travel insurance, you can still add Safe Journey protection before you leave home. You can’t buy travel insurance with the intention of cancelling a booking though, i.e. you can’t buy the policy and cancel immediately.
Safe Journey cover would apply if a new act of terrorism were to occur under the following conditions:
- after you bought your policy
- within 42 days of your travel
- in the State or Province in which you plan to stay
- when the FCO has not advised NOT to travel
A number of tour operators are advertising fantastic deals to Turkish resorts, which may not be as jam-packed as usual this summer with bookings down considerably and prices falling dramatically.
As long as travel alerts and safety remain at their current levels, you’re likely to have a fantastic time and return with a great tan and a lot of smiles.
Safe Journey will provide you with financial protection so you can travel with peace of mind.
Please note: The information provided is a summary only and does not contain the full terms and conditions of the contract. Full terms, conditions and exclusions can be found in the Policy Wording, which you should also read carefully.