Is it safe to travel to Turkey? We get this question a lot. The answer is loaded and fluctuates on a spectrum. We’ll look at what the safety risks are in Turkey, what the cultural expectations are, as well where your common sense kicks in to do the right thing. Hence, we’ll give you the full details on all you need to know to be safe on your trip.
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Overview: Safe Travel to Turkey
As a foreigner living in Turkey, my first reaction to this question is yes, I feel safe in Turkey. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have come here as a single woman years ago or brought my young children here to experience all Turkey has to offer. But there is some nuance to being and feeling safe. You need to follow the proper precautions for traveling and living in a foreign country. Also, monitoring the news and being aware of your surroundings. Know the cultural norms and what to wear that you need to follow to FEEL safe. I hope that this article will give you a well-rounded view of safe travel in Turkey so you can enjoy your time here. Arrive with your heart wide open to experience all that Turkey has to offer.
Assessment: Turkey Travel Safety Risk
Do we have a safety risk for travel in Turkey? There is risk in everything we do. Whether we’re riding in a car, flying in an airplane, or going swimming in the sea. We weigh our risks and make decisions to do the best we can to stay safe. The same goes with travel to Turkey, or anywhere for that matter. We weigh our risks, our comfort level traveling to a developing country, our level of travel expertise to do the best we can to stay as safe as possible. Check-in with your local Department of State for Turkey travel advisories before your trip.
Travel Risk Factors in Turkey:
Safest Places in Turkey
Tourism in Turkey is a huge industry and its visitor’s safety are taken seriously. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute in 2021, the tourism industry brought in over $24 billion and over 29 million visitors to enjoy travel, entertainment, sports, and cultural activities. Turkey wants its visitors to stay safe while they visit. You can expect the most traveled tourist locations in Turkey will have a heavier police presence and undercover officers as well. Following are the top travel destinations as well as the safest in Turkey to consider during your trip planning:
Next, we’ll look at our favorite safety tips for your trip.
Safety Tips for Traveling in Turkey
Holidays in Turkey
- New Year’s Day
- National Children’s Day
- Labor Day (May Day)
- Seker Bayram
- Youth & Sports Day
- Kurban Bayram
- Democracy & National Unity Day
- Victory Day
- Republic Day of Turkey
Be Aware of Scams
Tours and Adventure Activities
Is it Safe to Travel Solo to Turkey?
Yes, you can be safe traveling solo in Turkey. Taking the right precautions and being aware of your surroundings are some of our top tips. Below are common sense travel tips for staying safe while traveling alone:
Safety Tips for Families in Turkey
Turks love children! Kids in Turkey will be well taken care of – being doted on with any of their smallest requests. Expect your kids’ comfort level and needs to be a top priority by the locals. Turks are affectionate and may try to give a hug, kiss on the cheek, or a light pinch on the cheek to the younger kids. All in all, the kids will have a great time and be safe while they travel to Turkey. Get our best tips for traveling in Turkey with kids.
Traveling with Babies
Traveling with Kids & Teens
Health Safety in Turkey During COVID-19
As of 2022, there are COVID-19 cases reported in Turkey. The Turkish government has started the Safe Tourism Certification program to certify that accommodations, restaurants, and transportation are meeting certain measures for hygiene.
Each person you are traveling with will need to apply for a HES code before arriving in Turkey. Keep the HES codes on your phone as you will need to show your code when you enter large public places such as malls or public transportation.
Follow the local safety regulations posted by the Turkish Ministry of Health for COVID-19.