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Last verified: Tuesday, 24. May 2022 at 08:21 AM

Turkey Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Turkey

Local Situation: 3.5 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Turkey. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.8 / 5

Turkey shares a land border with 8 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Turkey), the Advisory Index is 3.8 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Syria (5), Iraq (4.8), Iran (4.2), Azerbaijan (3.9), Armenia (3.3), Georgia (3.3), Bulgaria with 3 and Greece with 3 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Turkey

There are currently 15,054,322 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Turkey. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 98,900 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Turkey.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Turkey

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Turkey.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Turkey from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.5 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the possibility of demonstrations.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/turkey

Danger level: 0 - Travel is usually safe.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Turkey.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Turkey.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel to the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Diyarbakir, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Sirnak, Siirt, and Tunceli in south-east Turkey due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Turkey.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria.  Do not travel to the city of Diyarbakir in south-east Turkey due to the risk of terrorism, civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation. 

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism. Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/turkey-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/turkey

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Undvik alla resor till Turkiets gränstrakter mot Syrien. Undvik resor som inte är nödvändiga till östra Turkiet vid gränsen mot Iran och Irak.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/TR

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Avoid non-essential travel

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Individual rating changes for Turkey

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Turkey. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 7th 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 3.6 to 3.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from April 12th 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 3.3 to 3.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Austrian government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 3.2 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 3.0 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 14th 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 2.9 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 12th 2020

The total rating for Turkey changed from 2.8 to 2.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Turkey to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Turkey changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 2.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 2.0.

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The Cypriot government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Turkey with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from September 6th 2019

The total rating for Turkey changed from 3.1 to 2.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government decreased their existing warning for Turkey to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -2.0).

About Turkey

Turkey with its capital Ankara is a country in Asia (Western Asia), slightly larger than Texas (780,580 km²). The country is located Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria. The climate can be described as temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior. The landscape is high central plateau (Anatolia); narrow coastal plain; several mountain ranges. With a population of about 71.89 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Ankara
Population about 71.89 million
Size 780.580 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Texas
Common languages Avaric, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Turkish
Currency Lira (short: TRY)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +90
Internet Top Level Domain .tr
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 TR
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 TUR
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 792

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Turkey is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution
  • concern for oil spills from increasing Bosporus ship traffic
  • deforestation
  • particularly in urban areas
  • water pollution from dumping of chemicals and detergents

Natural hazzards

  • flooding
  • landslides
  • limited volcanic activity; its three historically active volcanoes; Ararat, Nemrut Dagi, and Tendurek Dagi have not erupted since the 19th century or earlier
  • severe earthquakes, especially in northern Turkey, along an arc extending from the Sea of Marmara to Lake Van

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Turkey. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. automobiles
  2. boron
  3. chromate
  4. coal
  5. construction
  6. copper
  7. electronics
  8. food processing
  9. lumber
  10. mining

Agriculture products

  1. citrus
  2. cotton
  3. grain
  4. hazelnuts
  5. livestock
  6. olives
  7. pulses
  8. sugar beets
  9. tobacco

Turkish Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Turkey.

Export products

  1. apparel
  2. foodstuffs
  3. metal manufactures
  4. textiles
  5. transport equipment

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. fuels
  3. machinery
  4. semi-finished goods
  5. transport equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Turkey?

Turkey is currently rated at 3,5 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Turkey.

Is it safe to travel Turkey in 2022?

Visiting the country Turkey is usually fine. The score is at 3,5 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Turkey?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 8 individual sources for Turkey.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Turkey?

There are currently 15,054,322 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Turkey. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 98,900 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Turkey.

What is the size of Turkey?

Turkey has a size of 780,580 km² or 301,383 mi² which is slightly larger than Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.