How safe is Turkey? – Terrorism
Over the past few years Turkey has been in the news for various reasons which make it appear to be a dangerous place to visit. The most recent include:
- Reina Night club attack on 1st January 2017 – 39 killed
- Car bomb near Besiktas stadium on 10th December 2016 – 44 killed
- Military Coup on 15th July 2016 – 239 killed & 6,000 arrested.
Some of these attacks have been claimed by the Kurdish separatist movement (PKK). The reasons why the Kurdish are attacking places In Turkey is because they want Turkey to be split into two countries and for them to have their own identity/country. Unfortunately this has led to violent protests & terrorism.
To see advice from the UK Government please follow this link. The best thing is to make up your own mind and follow the advice of your government.
My personal feelings towards “How safe is Turkey?” would be that terrorism is completely unpredictable and whilst Turkey may be attacked, it seems just as likely to be any other country. I personally have not witnessed anything unsettling in the 17 trips I have made to the country in the last 4 years (2013-2017).
Tips for staying safe whilst in Turkey would be:
- Stay away from the borders of Syria/Iraq as recommended by the UK Government.
- Stay away from Police blockades. This is because police are likely to be a target. (Going by past attacks)
- Avoid tourist areas on religious holiday &, New Years etc.
How safe is Turkey? – People
One of the reasons you are looking at this page is that you are unsure whether the Turkish people are friendly. In general in Istanbul, it is like any other large City. You have very kind people and also people who are trying to take money from tourists. Please read these two posts for more clarification.