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    Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I haven't checked if there are any travel warnings for Turkey yet but due to the recent protest I would be cautious. Is anyone planning a trip there in the next few weeks or month? Have you cancelled because of the protests?

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    There was a travel warning issued last week after protests degenerated in downtown Istanbul. Protests have since spread to other major cities (Antalya, Bursa, Ankara, Antakya, etc) See a more complete list on the wikipedia article.
    Foreign Office warning over Turkey protests - Telegraph
    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey

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    I have a friend who's a Finnish citizen and had just arrived in Istanbul for a meeting last week. He says that while certain places are still tense with heavy patrolling by police, for the most part the situation in Istanbul has gone back to normal. However there are reports of clashes spilling over to Ankara and other major cities. I do not know for sure how the situation will change in the coming weeks or months, but I'll check with my friend.

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    I just got updates from my friend in Istanbul. The situation appears to be getting worse. The Turkish government is still enforcing crackdowns on protesters in major cities. They've arrested 70 people so far in major cities all over Turkey.
    Demonstrators have started taking part in silent protests, standing still often for hours at a time in Taksim Square and other public squares in Istanbul as well as in other major cities across the country.
    Police officers are surrounding Taksim Square to prevent further gatherings. But people are inventing new ways to get their message across.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I've been in Istanbul whilst protest have been going on before, when the Palestinian situation was at its worst. Most of the protest are localised and 90% of the rest of the city will carry on as normal. Govt warnings on travel are just to cover their backside in case anything goes wrong.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I would also not go to Turkey. It's getting worse over there daily.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    It's still unstable but luckily it's very localised with government crackdowns happening in specific areas in many of the major cities. Most ordinary people are still continuing to go about their daily lives. I do not know if they will find some kind of solution in the near future, but it looks like the people are still angry with their government. They see it as a violation of human rights and as a nation Turkey does not have a very good track record with regards to this.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    That's good that it is only localized in certain areas. I still don't think it would be safe for tourists though unless the travel advisory has been lifted. Then again tourists travel to dangerous places all the time so I guess there is no stopping the ones that really want to go.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I know for a fact that the UK government is still advising against all but necessary travel to Turkey so I am assuming it is still not safe. I know focus has shifted to how it's dangerous to travel to Egypt now with the recent political unrest there and the fact that at least 51 have been killed but I think it is still better to err on the side of caution and postpone trips to Turkey unless absolutely necessary.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I'm looking forward to visiting Turkey by cruise ship this Fall. I'm not worried travelling that way as they won't visit there unless it's safe. I've travelled to many places with travel warnings and never had a problem. You just need to keep up on the news and be sensible. Many places are as another reader above described, chaotic and localized areas where the protests are going on. In some countries I've visited such as Thailand, many people in other parts of the country from the protests didn't even know it was going on. If it's more radical with actual fighting going on then it's not a good idea. I was in Burma after a very sensitive political movement happened and didn't feel unsafe. It was rather odd being there with very few tourists but also very nice to see the sites without crowds. Given that, we were very careful about not being in areas of unrest and kept abreast of what was going on politically.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    Travel advisories exist for a reason. Just don't risk it if one is really unsure on where the safe places are.
    No vacation or trip is worth a risking one's life for.
    If one knows the safe places to go however, away from whatever it is the travel advisory is advising people away from, then by all means go.
    Just be sure to stay safe and don't stay too long because there is no telling how the protests there could erupt at any given time.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I wanted to go to Turkey this year but I postponed the trip because of the protests. I heard it's not safe on the streets at night so I thought I don't need any stress in my holiday. I will just wait until things settle down. Maybe next summer.

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    I planned my trip to turkey last year , but due to the situation there and protests I postponed my trip. now i will go to turkey in next year summers. beacuse safety is my first concern while travelling.
    A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arrivingbus new york indianapolis

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    Re: Possibly Not Safe In Turkey Due To Protests

    Turkey is a large country. So there could be some troubles in one area and the other areas will not even feel it. Today there can be some protests and tourbles with Syrian border but the most touristy places do not get effected. Istanbul is a huge city with almost 20 million people so it is better to be careful in Istanbul all the time just like other cities but apart from this only the provinces around Syria and Iraq border have some troubles. I live in Izmir and I don't feel unsafe because of this. So if you follow basic safety rules and stay away from the provinces around the south east border, you will be perfectly safe.

 

 

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