The important referendum on significant amendments to the Turkish constitution was held on April 16, 2017. Overall, voting was peaceful. The results seem to indicate that a slim majority of Turks (51.3%) are in favor of the changes, while 48.7% are not.
The peaceful vote is a positive sign, but with political sentiment so evenly divided, it's difficult to predict the future. (An overwhelming vote for one position or the other would give the leaders of that position a popular mandate.)
The Turkish government is still operating under the State of Emergency declared on July 21, 2016 following the attempted coup d'etat by members of the armed forces.
On March 28, 2017, the United States Department of State updated its warning for Americans considering travel to Turkey, rescinding its order for families of US Department of State employees to leave Turkey temporarily. Here is the full text of the warning.
What this all means for society—and tourism—is unclear. Although tourism to Turkey has suffered a significant decline, travelers are still going to Turkey and, except for single males in Istanbul, they are finding a warm welcome, low prices, and all the beauties and advantages that made Turkey the world's 6th most popular tourism destination a few years ago.
If you are a male considering travel to Istanbul, read this!
My best advice at present is to read and consider the travel advisories issued by your government and other government agencies concerned with the safety of their nationals while traveling abroad:
I follow the diplomats' advice to avoid large gatherings, especially any that are political, etc. Please read these Travel Advisories:
As of 25 January 2017, The United Kingdom's Foreign Office has the following advisory on its website:
"Attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations. Nevertheless, it’s likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities." Here is the full warning.
"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria.
"The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces
Siirt, Tunceli, Diyarbakir and Hakkari provinces.
The US Department of State has a travel warning on its website which includes this:
"The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country."
The Embassy of the United States in Ankara website also issues useful advice.
Here is the warning for Australian travelers.
Here is the US
Department of State's Consular
Information Sheet on Turkey,
Turkey Travel Warning and Crisis in Turkey page, with every possible warning and caution. The Department of State has also created a smartphone app that anyone—US citizen or not—can use to keep track of alerts, warnings, and safety bulletins. More...
Read the TTP
Safety Page, and make
travel decisions you can be comfortable
Government Traveler Records
Many national governments maintain records of travelers visiting foreign destinations so they can alert travelers on the road to dangers as they may arise.
For example, if you apply to join the US Department of State's Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), US diplomats in Turkey will have a record of your personal, passport, contact and emergency information in an online database. If they feel it advisable to alert you to a dangerous situation, the database can make it possible. More...
If you are not a US citizen, your country's government may have a similar program, to which you may wish to apply. It can't hurt, and it may help, if only to allay anxiety.
—by Tom Brosnahan