New travel advice issued for Turkey ahead of country's upcoming elections

New travel advice issued for Turkey ahead of country's upcoming elections

Surrey residents planning a holiday in Turkey this summer should take care ahead of elections on June 24.

The Foreign Office has updated its advice to tourists in light of the potential for disruption surrounding the poll, called by President Recept Tyyip Erdogan in April.

The official advice, updated on June 1, says: “Presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on June 24 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Additional security measures may also be applied to flights from Turkey to the UK.

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The government already warns against travelling to within 10km of the Syrian border and to the city of Diyarbakir, which has been the scene of terrorist attacks and battles between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish militiamen.

Terrorists are said to be very likely to attempt attacks in Turkey, with the majority occurring in the south and east of the country and in the cities of Ankara and Istanbul.

Westerners could be a target, particularly in major cities.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called a snap election, which could pose problems for tourists

The Foreign Office says: “You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.”

For the government’s full travel advice, visit the Foreign Office website here .