The political situation has somewhat stabilized after the attempted 2016 coup of the government. Despite the state of emergency being lifted some restrictions remain in place. As a result, demonstration do take place across the country. Some demonstrations have the potential to turn violent between protesters and security forces.
Turkey is considered high risk for terrorist activities and attacks. Some of the most targeted locations have been in Istanbul and Ankara, including public gatherings, government offices, security forces, and civilians. Western interests and foreigners have also been targeted. Numerous extremist groups are operating in Turkey, including Daesh, The Turkish Freedom Hawks, the Turkish Liberation party, and the Revolutionary People’s front. In addition the PKK, who are aligned with the Kurds in Iraq and Syria have also targeted government installations and security forces. Border areas are considered high risk, especially where Turkey shares borders with Syria and Iraq. There are currently ongoing military operations in these areas between the Turkish military and the Kurdish population.
There is a heightened risk of terrorist attacks against the aviation industry in Turkey. Istanbul airport was subject to a high-level multi-wave marauding armed attack in 2016 that killed multiple civilians.
Crime levels are low, but street robbery and pickpocketing are common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul. Avoid traveling by road at night. Accidents are common and mainly due to poor or reckless driving.
Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes. The most active areas are the East and North West of Turkey
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