Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Its largest city, Istanbul, receives more than 10 million visitors a year. The Blue Mosque and nearby monuments such as the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Makes it an irresistible destination for a getaway. But after the latest attacks question arises: Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation has updated its travel advice for this country following the bombing Tuesday in the tourist center where the Hagia Sophia stands.
Foreign recommends “travel with caution” and “avoid” the area of the attack and certain areas of the country, especially near the Syrian border. It also calls for “strongly” to Spanish tourists who are in Istanbul to remain “alert and vigilant” in the areas of greatest tourist presence as Taksim, Osmanbey, Haciosman, Yenikapi, on public transport and subways in particular .
For any travel to Turkey, Foreign advises “extreme caution” and avoid any demonstrations or crowds at the risk of terrorist attack. As well as stay informed of developments through the media and Twitter of the Embassy of Spain in Turkey: @EmbEspTurquia.
The Tourist Office of Turkey says:
The Tourist Office of Turkey in Spain has issued the following statement on its website:
“Turkey, with 40 million international visitors, is the 6th largest tourist destination in the world. As sometimes has happened in many countries and cities around the world. In the context of recent events that have taken place in some regions of Turkey, is have taken all necessary security measures. In particular, and paying special attention to the issue of foreign visitors. Scrupulously being implemented the necessary measures to ensure the safety of them. in this context. Tourist trips to Turkey from all parts of the world continue intensively and normally. ”
The president of the Tourism Association of Sultanahmet. Yasar Yaviz has recognized the newspaper Hurriyet that the attack “is a big blow to tourism throughout the region.”
“There are 7,000 hotels in this area. Tourists now want to leave. You are looking for tickets (to return to their countries). With this explosion, 2016 is over for us,” he lamented.