Foreign minister issues warning to Anzac Day travellers

Australians travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day are at risk of terrorism and should reconsider visiting, warned a government statement released yesterday.

“I am conscious of the effect of this on the many Australians planning to attend this year’s Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a public announcement.

“The government has increased the level of concern in the travel advice for two cities in Turkey, Istanbul and Ankara, to reconsider your need to travel.”

Following the deaths of over 80 people in four suicide attacks in Istanbul and Ankara so far this year, Turkey has become a risky travel destination for tourists and westerners.

As a result the government has advised tourists who do visit Turkey to minimise any transit time spent in Istanbul and Ankara, and stay away from popular public spaces.

Smart Traveller recently updated the online advice page for Anzac Day in Gallipoli stating the government had reason to believe terrorists may be planning attacks in Turkey.

Travel advice on the site includes for those visiting to organise comprehensive travel insurance and register their travel plans via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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