The UK government has implemented additional security measures in several countries, including Turkey, due to heightned risks of terrorism against aviation but direct flights continue to depart from the UK to a number of Turkish holiday resorts. Tourists should co-operate fully with security officials and obey to the information and advice about how this may affect your flight or any other aspect of your trip, including if you’re travelling through Turkey on the way to or from the UK.
Read on for the latest travel advice from GOV.UK.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
Popular holiday resorts such as Antalya, Marmaris and Bodrum are deemed safe to travel to, though tourists are urged to check the latest advice before departing.
In 2016, British nationals made over 1.7 million visits to Turkey. It’s deemed generally safe to travel to Turkey but tourists are urged to:
Official or unofficial rallies and demonstrations may take place at short notice. You should stay well away from any demonstrations.
In some busy areas, especially Istanbul, the Turkish authorities are stopping members of the public to conduct ID checks. There’s also a larger than usual number of police checkpoints on main roads across Turkey. You should co-operate with officials conducting checks, and keep your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa or your residence permit with you at all times.
Yes. Last month, the government announced new aviation security measures on all inbound flights to the UK from six countries, including Turkey.
Under the new arrangements, passengers boarding flights to the UK will not be allowed to take large phones, laptops, tablets or e-readers into the cabin of the plane that exceed any of the following dimensions:
The following will also not be allowed in the cabin:
The following will not be allowed on board the aircraft in either cabin or hold baggage:
Existing safety regulations mean that spare batteries and portable power sources can no longer be carried on board aircraft in either cabin or hold baggage. Passengers should contact their airline for further information.
Please note that the above restrictions relate to inbound UK flights from Turkey and the other six affected countries only.
British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with British Citizen passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.
You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-Visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.