Turkey holidays: Britons issued travel warning as Turkey bombs Syria - how safe is it?

TURKEY has announced it is attacking Syria as towns on the Turkish border are hit. Turkey is a hugely popular holiday destination for Britons but how safe is Turkey now? This is the latest Foreign Office travel advice.

Turkey has launched a series of . The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now updated its travel advice to the European country and issued a warning to Britons. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan posted on Twitter: "Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern border and to bring peace and peace to the region. With Peace Spring Operation, we will eliminate the terrorist threat to our country. Thanks to the SAFE ZONE we will establish, we will ensure that Syrian refugees return to their countries. We will protect the territorial integrity of Syria and free the people of the region from the clutches of terror."

Turkey holidays: Foreign office travel advice for Turkey as Syria invaded - latest news

Turkey’s military operation against Syria comes after the USA announced “soon.” 

The FCO updated its travel advice to Turkey today. "Turkey has announced that its military forces intend to enter north-eastern Syria imminently," states the FCO website.

"This could lead to heightened tensions in border regions. If you’re in provinces bordering Syria, you should remain vigilant and keep up to date with developments via local media and this travel advice." 

The FCO also advises against “all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis.”

The Foreign Office’s website added: “The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces; the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari.”

Terrorists are classed as “very likely” to try to carry out

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Turkey holidays: The country hopes to “destroy the terror corridor (Image: Getty Images)

According to the FCO: “Terrorist groups, including Kurdish groups, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far-left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks. Further attacks could be indiscriminate.

“Most attacks have taken place in the south and east of the country, and in Ankara and Istanbul.”

British tourists are unlikely to be the prime targets of such attacks, however, said the FCO.

“While there is a potential that citizens from western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in the major cities, attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations.

“You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.”

Despite the FCO’s cautions, most visits to Turkey are “trouble-free” and British nationals made over 2.3 million visits to Turkey in 2018.

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Turkey holidays: The FCO advises against “all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Syria (Image: Getty Images)

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Turkey holidays: British nationals made over 2.3 million visits to Turkey in 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

Turkey is a particularly good choice of holiday destination for Britons at the moment, thanks to the favourable exchange rate.

Louis Bridger, currency expert at ICE: The continuing weakness of the Turkish lira, combined with consistently low prices for food and drink items, means that your pound will go significantly further.” 

He concluded: “For great value slightly closer to home, Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria are all excellent options.

“Brits can enjoy great returns on their pound in all these destinations, with an average meal coming to around £5.50 in Budapest, £7 in Dubrovnik and £5.45 in Sofia. If you’re willing to venture beyond the capital cities, you’ll get even better value for money.

The for 2019 showed Turkey has seen a whopping 27 per cent uplift in bookings compared to 2018.

The report stated: “Turkey has risen up the ranks to become Thomas Cook’s second most popular destination overall for Brits and a quarter of all Thomas Cook Airlines’ bookings are to this Eastern Med hotspot.”