It is one of the most touristic countries in the world. Its capital is among the 10 most visited cities on the planet, and the country receives about 40 million tourists a year.

Many people wonder if it is safe to travel to Turkey, or if Turkey is a dangerous country. In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about security before traveling to Turkey.

Tips For Traveling To Turkey In 2020

If you plan to travel to Turkey this 2020, you should know that in general that Turkey is a safe country. Except for some areas, you will be able to walk around without problems.
Istanbul and Ankara are safe cities, except for the typical problems that a big city has, such as pickpockets. But nothing that does not exist in any other European city.
The most conflictive areas are those in the south of the country, which border Syria and Iraq (provinces of Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Sirnak and Hakkari ). There, for decades, there has been an armed conflict between the Turkish army and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), which countries like the United States consider a terrorist organization.

Generally, Turkey is considered a safe country in terms of crime and delinquency. However, traveling to the border regions with Syria, Iraq and Armenia is not recommended.

Furthermore, the Ministry makes a series of recommendations to carry out during your trip to Turkey:

  • There should be a cautious attitude in the tourist areas of Istanbul (Taksim, Osmanbey, Haciosman, Yenikapi), in the public transport network and the subway in particular, since pickpockets are frequent.
  • Avoid large concentrations, especially in tourist areas.
  • There is a seismic risk in the area. So, it is advisable in the event of an earthquake to move away from windows, outside walls, from any furniture, picture or light liable to fall, taking refuge under a solid table or resistant piece of furniture. If you are outside, look for a free space away from trees, electrical installations or buildings.

Visit Turkey of less than 90 days

If you are traveling for less than 90 days, you have three ways to acquire your entry visa. At the border, upon arrival in the country, at foreign consulates and embassies, and the most comfortable of all, obtaining eVisa online.

In a few simple steps, you can obtain your e-visa that you must deliver at the border post, without having to send your passport or ID to anyone. Getting your Turkish visa online will avoid you from the visa queue in the airport. It saves you a lot of time to travel around more.

Visit Turkey for more than 90 days

If the visa you are requesting is for more than 90 days, you must process it at the Turkish Embassy or the consulate in your country.

Although it is not mandatory to enter the country, we recommend that you take out your travel insurance to travel to Turkey. With it, you will be covered in case you need medical assistance.

Author's Bio: 

I living and working in Turkey. I am a traveler and blogger.