MFA issues travel notice for Turkey, urges Singaporeans to reconsider travelling to Ankara, Istanbul

Locals and visitors sit beneath a giant Turkish national flag on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.
Locals and visitors sit beneath a giant Turkish national flag on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have been advised to reconsider the need for non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul in the wake of the recent series of terror attacks in Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in its latest travel notice.

Turkey has been hit by a series of terror attacks in Ankara and Istanbul from January to June this year.

On June 28, Istanbul Ataturk Airport was attacked by three suicide bombers, which resulted in at least 42 deaths and many injured. On June 7, a car bomb in Istanbul killed 11 people.

 

In addition to the terror attacks, there was an attempted military coup on July 15, which resulted in at least 232 deaths and 1,400 injured.

"Given these developments, Singaporeans should reconsider the need for non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul at this point in time," MFA said in its notice issued on Wednesday (July 20).

Singaporeans are also advised to avoid travel to the border regions between Turkey and Syria due to the unpredictable security situation associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria, it added.

MFA said Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Turkey should take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities.

It also urged Singaporeans to remain vigilant when visiting popular tourist sites and where possible, avoid crowded areas, public gatherings and places known for demonstrations.

MFA also advised Singaporeans to purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with MFA so that they can be contacted should the need arise. 

Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Ankara or the MFA Duty Office (24-hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Ankara
Yildizevler Mahallesi
719, Sokak No 5, Cankaya
Ankara 06550
Tel:  + 90 530 066 7311
Email:  singemb_ank@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel:  +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email:  mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg