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    UK Government issues fresh advice to British tourists travelling to Turkey

    Travellers hoping to head to Turkey this summer have been warned of possible disruption.
    The UK Foreign Office has started updating advice to British tourists hoping to pick up a break in Turkey ahead of the country’s upcoming elections.
    The election, taking place on June 24, is expected to cause some problems for travellers who are being warned to avoid large crowds if they are in the country.
    In a statement issued on Friday, a Government spokesperson said: “Presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
    Turkey’s snap election was called by the president of 15 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in April, amid rising opposition to his rule and concerns about the economy.
    The UK Government already warns against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir, while additional security measures may apply on any flights to Turkey.
    Terrorists are said to be very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey, with the majority of attacks occurring in the south and east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul.
    However, some attacks may target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities.
    The Foreign Office says: “You should be vigilant, follow the advice of local security authorities, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.”
    Nevertheless, parts of Turkey are popular tourist destinations, with flights from Newcastle Airport to the likes of Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum

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