Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions: U.S. State Department

After a massive explosion claimed lives of 20 people including 5 American soldiers in Syria’s Manbij on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department updated travel advisory to Turkey and recategorized some areas as Level 4 to underline the high risk to travel there.

On the notice published on the State Department’s webpage, U.S. citizens are warned to reconsider travelling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions.

Areas near the Syria and Iraq borders are strictly labelled as non-travelling zone as it’s risk probability increased to Level 4.

Terrorism and Arbitrary Detentions

“Reconsider travel to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Level 4 Areas – Do not travel to:

  • Areas near the Syria and Iraq borders due to terrorism.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Terrorists have also previously targeted Western tourists and expatriates for kidnapping and assassination.

Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for 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 demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government, including on social media, can result in arrest.

The U.S. government has very limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens traveling in Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van, as the U.S. government restricts its employees from traveling to specific provinces in these regions without prior approval.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.” read on the notice published on U.S. State Department’s site.

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