is it safe to travel to southeastern turkey? Plan on going to Mardin, Urfa, Hassankyfe, Halfeti and Gaziantep
Sunil, apart from the occasional incident in suburban Istanbul, all of Turkey's political turmoil is concentrated in the far south-east, especially within 60 kms of the borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. Some of the towns you'll be visiting are as close as 20 km from the border with Syria.
Most foreign governments warn their citizens to exercise a high degree of caution while travelling in south eastern Turkey. The British and Australian governments go a little further and say avoid all but essential travel to the Turkish provinces bordering Iraq.
I think you get the picture. There is an "unpredictable security situation" in that part of Turkey. That doesn't mean something WILL happen, but I would NOT categorise that region as generally "safe".
You'll need your wits about you, and have to pay special attention to staying out of harm's way.
Phil from the safety hub over 5 years ago
I live in Gaziantep. I often visit Urfa. I like Mardin. These places are as safe as New York, London, Paris or Madrid. over 4 years agoAnswered by Oguz Buyukahraz via WorldNomads.com
If you want to feel the taste and smell of middle east safely, southeast Turkey is the right place.
Visit Gaziantep, see the best mosaics of the world in Zeugma Mosaic Museum and eat the best baklava and best kebabs of the world there.
In Urfa, you will see the first temple of the world, which is 6000 years older than Stonehenge, older than any building on Earth, Gobekli Tepe. In Harran, you will see the first Islamic university of the world.
Mardin is a place which is not from this Earth, dreamy.
Halfeti, i am in love with Halfeti. over 4 years agoAnswered by Oguz Buyukahraz via WorldNomads.com