MFA TRAVEL ADVISORY: RECONSIDER NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO ANKARA & ISTANBUL

Travel Notice for Turkey [Updated: 20 July 2016]

There has been a series of terror attacks in Ankara and Istanbul from January to June 2016. The most recent attacks were in June 2016. On 28 June 2016, Istanbul Atatürk Airport was attacked by three suicide bombers, which resulted in at least 42 deaths and many injured. On 7 June 2016, a car bomb in Istanbul killed 11 people. In addition to the terror attacks, there was an attempted military coup on 15 July 2016, which resulted in at least 232 deaths and 1,400 injured.

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Given these developments, Singaporeans should reconsider the need for non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul at this point in time. Singaporeans are further advised to avoid travel to the border regions between Turkey and Syria due to the unpredictable security situation associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Turkey should take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities. They should remain vigilant when visiting popular tourist sites and where possible, avoid crowded areas, public gatherings and places known for demonstrations. They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we may contact them should the need arise. Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Ankara or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Ankara
Yildizevler Mahallesi
719, Sokak No 5, Cankaya
Ankara 06550
Tel: + 90 530 066 7311
Email: singemb_ank@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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