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Turkey travellers advised to carry passports at all times
Posted on 23/07/2016

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After the failed military coup in Turkey on July 15, the UK Foreign Office has updated its advice for travellers in Turkey to include a warning to carry passports at all times.

FCO updates Turkey travel advice

FCO updates Turkey travel advice
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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its advice to include advice for travellers to carry their passport and a printed copy of e-visas at all times. The FCO also advised that some dual nationals carrying green or grey passports may be questioned on exiting Turkey.

The update comes after President Recip Tayipp Erdogan announced a state of emergency following an attempted military coup against his goverment last Friday. The streets of capital Ankara and Istanbul have been volatile ever since, though the FCO still advises that travel to Turkey is safe.

It warned that further gatherings planned in Istanbul between July 23 and 25 were indication that the country's situation is still very volatile. "In Istanbul and Ankara demonstrations may occur at short notice," it said in a statement.

"You should be vigilant, particularly in areas where crowds may gather, and stay well away from any demonstrations. Take sensible precautions if you're near any military or security forces. Roadblocks are in place in some areas."

Besides enhanced checks for Turkish nationals leading to delays or long queues at foreign national desks (Besides advice that you should turn up at the airport earlier than normal to get through extra security, the FCO says that flights are returning to normal but that passengers should contact their airline before they depart for the airport.

Despite unrest in the cities, coastal resorts have, until now, remained unaffected. "Coastal resorts don't appear to be significantly affected at present. You should be vigilant in resort areas. Security force activity may be visible from some resorts."

The three month state of emergency announced by President Erdogan will allow him and his cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.After the failed coup, the number of people arrested or forced to resign stretches into the tens of thousands, including generals, soldiers, judges, teachers and civil servants.

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