US Warns Tourists of Terrorism Danger in Turkey

Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge. Source: Wikipedia

The US State Department raised the travel advisory level for Turkey to Level 3 this week, urging Americans to “reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions.”

The advisory is one grade lower than the redline “Do not travel” level.

In its latest travel update, which is dated April 9, the State Department warns travelers to avoid areas near the Syria and Iraq borders due to possible terrorism and fears about kidnapping.

“Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including US citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated,” the advisory says.

“US citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government, including on social media, can result in arrest,” it adds.

The official advisory also warned of terrorist attacks in tourist locations, transportation hubs and other public areas.