Australian government issues second highest travel warnings for Ankara and Istanbul


Traveling to Ankara or Istanbul, Turkey? The Australian government did not think this is a good idea and on Thursday warned against traveling because of the terrorist threat.

Australians are advised to “reconsider your need to travel” to the cities — the second-highest danger warning on a four-tier scale.

Australia warns Terrorist groups continue to threaten further attacks, including targeting tourists and westerners .

The Turkish Provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van had previously carried the same travel warning.

The warning comes as thousands of Australians prepare to travel to Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula to commemorate the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops in an ill-fated invasion on April 25, 1915, during World War I.

The Australian government was not aware of any specific threat to ANZAC Day services planned on the peninsula. Australians traveling to services should minimize any transit time spent in Istanbul and Ankara, she said.