Foreign Ministry issues travel warning to Turkey following nationwide earthquake drill

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its advice for people traveling to Turkey ahead of an earthquake drill due to take place in the country.

The FCDO posted a warning on its website on Thursday that a nationwide earthquake drill would take place this weekend. Saturday, November 12 sirens will sound across the land at 6:57 p.m. local hour.

Announcements will be made by Turkish television and radio channels, and holidaymakers are asked to follow the instructions of local authorities. Turkey is a popular destination for Britons, with more than 2.5 million people traveling to the country in the year before the pandemic hit in 2019.

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Many parts of Turkey are prone to earthquakes and earthquakes, and the FCDO strongly advises vacationers to familiarize themselves with earthquake safety procedures. According to EarthquakeTrack, Turkey experienced two earthquakes last week and 10 last month.

Several other safety warnings are in place for Britons traveling to Turkey from the FCDO, which advise against all travel to areas within 10km of the border with Syria, as well as all but essential travel to Sirnak and the province of Haiti. The government department warns that terrorists are “highly likely to carry out attacks” in the country, urging travelers to follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media reports to stay abreast of the latest advice.

All Covid restrictions have been lifted in Turkey effective June 1 this year, with travelers no longer required to present proof of vaccination or negative PCR results upon arrival. However, the FCDO warns that Covid entry rules are often subject to change at short notice and advises checking details with your airline before travelling.