The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice to Turkey last week, on 10th June.
They updated advice on visits to Diyarbakir. The specific warning to British Citizens to steer clear the border area with Syria remain.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to: the areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces. Also Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari provinces.
‘Alarmist and inaccurate’
Whilst those familiar with Turkey will understand that these areas are hundreds of miles from Fethiye and other popular resorts in western and southern Turkey some of the British press cannot resist the opportunity to deter visitors.
UK newspaper, The Express, ran a story on Saturday:
SHOCK WARNING: Terror threat to MILLIONS of holiday makers as ISIS target TURKEY’.
The British Ambassador in Turkey, Richard Moore, tweeted his opinion of their story earlier this afternoon.
‘No substantive change’
A spokesperson for HM British Consul in Istanbul told us:
We have been working on this through the night with our news desk in London trying to damp down the scaremongering. There has been no substantive change to the terrorism related advice for several years. Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Fethiye Times has cooperated with KTLN in Kalkan to produce this story, which we see as being very important for tourism in Turkey.
If you want to know more about the official FCO advice visit their website page here.