New Turkey warning issued as Foreign Office changes travel guidance

Many people go on holiday to Turkey
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The Foreign Office has changed its official travel guidance for Turkey in a bid to keep UK travellers safe.

The government department issues regular updates, and on Friday, June 28, a new alert was issued for anyone visiting Turkey. Millions of people travel from the UK to Turkey each year.

A new Foreign Office update reads: "Extreme temperatures can affect many areas of Turkey over the summer months."

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People are then advised that wildfires happen frequently in Turkey during summer, with Government chiefs adding: "You could get a fine or prison sentence for lighting a fire of any kind or discarding cigarettes in risk areas such as woodland.

"Barbecues are prohibited in these areas. If there is a wildfire in your area, local authorities may tell you to leave your accommodation. Follow the directions of local authorities.

"If you see a wildfire, call emergency services on 112."

The advice follows an earlier update this week, as the Foreign Office stated that 42 sexual assault cases, including rapes, had been reported to British consular staff in Turkey in 2023. It added: "Most cases happened during summer holidays in coastal tourist areas.

"Crimes were committed at night by someone the victim met during the day, including hotel and spa workers. There have also been sexual attacks on minors visiting toilet facilities alone.

"Be extra vigilant in these situations."

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