We have a planned trip to Turkey in July 2013 given the current demonstrations and consequent unrest is it safe to travel ?
Hard to say - things are in flux. It could be over in a few days, or it could be the start of a people's revolution - we'll have to wait and see.
It's reported that there's been clashes in 67 Turkish towns and cities. Obvioulsy the 4 biggest cities are the worst affected; Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Adana.
As with any unrest it's not an entire city that's in flames, and the trouble is usually confined to a small area. You could be 4 blocks from a riot and not know it!
In Istanbul, Gezi Park and neighbouring Taksim Square are the focus, but other districts to report trouble are Besiktas and Mayis.
In the other cities it seems to be government and political party buildings which are the focus of demonstrations. These are areas best avoided, especially at night.
If you see a pubic demonstration or gathering, go the other way.
Check with hotel staff about which areas are likely trouble spots before you head out each day.
I'd get a local SIM so your phone is working and find out the number of your Embassy, and of local police in case you need to call for help.
At present no foreign governments are issuing "do not travel" alerts, and of course the hotels are still operating, so there's no reason NOT to go, but you will have to keep an eye on developments and exercise caution while you're there.
Check back with our travel alerts page for updates. http://safety.worldnomads.com/
Phil from the safety hub. about 5 years ago
There is nothing to be scared about. if you are still in a doubt, postpond your trip until things settle down in Turkey. Once everything is fine, you can explore the beauty of the country. in case you want to be sure about safe and reliable Turkey trip, you can contact the travel company - BEF Tourism. about 4 years ago