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March 22, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australians planning to travel to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli next month have been warned that the drive there from Istanbul carries a greater risk of terrorist attack than does Gallipoli itself.

“The site of the Anzac Day Service on the Gallipoli peninsula is a five hour drive from Istanbul,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) reminded travellers yesterday.

“For this region of Turkey, we advise you to exercise a high degree of caution. The risk of terrorism is higher when visiting or travelling through other parts of Turkey, than at the actual Gallipoli services, including international entry points and major tourist sites in Istanbul and Ankara.”

DFAT advised travellers to Gallipoli on Anzac Day (25 April) to reconsider their need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul “because of the high threat of terrorist attack.

Anzac landing at Gallipoli. New Zealand troops move ashore

“This level means there are serious and potentially life threatening threats that make the destination unsafe for tourism and unsuitable for most travellers. You should think seriously about your need to travel to these places.”

DFAT reminds travellers that terrorists have called for attacks throughout Turkey, including in urban areas and at tourist destinations. It notes terrorist attacks can take place anywhere and at any time in Turkey and there have been a number of deadly attacks over recent years.

DFAT continues: “There are a number of areas in Turkey where we advise you not to travel (along the Syrian border) or reconsider your need to travel, in addition to Ankara and Istanbul.”

For travellers determined to travel to those areas despite DFAT’s advice, the department advises:

  • Do further research on the risks.
  • Stay as short a time as possible.
  • Eliminate unnecessary activities.
  • Think carefully about your hotel’s security.
  • Have tailored security arrangements and contingency plans in place.
  • Regularly review your security arrangements as the threat environment can change quickly.
  • If part of a tour group, ask the operator what extra precautions they are taking and what they will do in the event of an emergency; and
  • Check your insurance policy carefully, as it may not cover travel to ‘reconsider your need to travel’ destinations.

Written by Peter Needham

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