The Turkish government is still operating under the State of Emergency declared in 2016 following the attempted coup d'etat by members of the armed forces.
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 sixth most popular tourism destination a few years ago.
If you are a male considering travel to Istanbul, read this!
National Elections June 24, 2018
National elections are scheduled to be held on June 24th, 2018. If you are traveling in Turkey around that time, be aware of local events, and avoid large crowds. Elections have traditionally been peaceful, but emotions run high at election time in any country.
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 16 March 2018, The United Kingdom's Foreign Office has the following information on its website:
"British nationals made over 1.7 million visits to Turkey in 2016. Most visits are trouble free. Be alert to your surroundings and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with foreign nationals, including during festival periods.
There's lots more. Here it is.
The US Department of State has a travel warning on its website which includes this (as of January 12, 2018) Level 3 warning:
"Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk."
"Under the current State of Emergency, security forces have detained individuals suspected of affiliation with alleged terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in gatherings, protests, and demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey can result in arrest. The Government of Turkey has detained and deported U.S. citizens without allowing access to lawyers or family members, and has not routinely granted consular access to detained U.S. citizens who also possess Turkish citizenship."
Read the entire Travel Advisory.
The Embassy of the United States in Ankara website also issues useful advice.
Here is the warning for Australian travelers, which is similar to those mentioned above.
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