I have received an invitation to go to a youth exchange programme that is about the domestic violence but the project is located in Elzig, Turkey. I am really interested in that project and would love to go, and also it's EU sponsored but the town is near Syrian border. My parents do not want to let me go because of obvious reasons - terrorism and safety precautions. I have read there is a high risk to kidnappings and other stuff like that. I would like to know if that's actually true from a person who lives there or knows the situation well. Is it safe to go there? Because I would be spending a week there completely alone. I am a 19 year old girl if that makes any differences.
It's not actually that near to the Syrian border, about 200kms, and all the warnings associated with the trouble in South-eastern Turkey talk about areas closer than 50kms from the border.
I believe you'll be so far from the troubled area you won't even notice.
The other main trouble-spot is Istanbul - with the occasional small-scale incident, but that is at the other end of the country from you.
I think it's wise to attempt to hear from locals and recent visitors, but I don't think you need to worry unnecessarily. Sounds like a great opportunity.
https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/turkey/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-going-to-turkey almost 5 years ago
I have travelled to Elazig several times as we have family there (we live in the U.K.).
Elazig is probably one of the safest places I've been to in turkey. People are friendly and respectful. It is extremely far from the Syrian border so you would not have any issues with this.
I would not be worried about travelling to Elazig at all. It's a lovely city and province. almost 4 years agoAnswered by Kat via Travellr.com