From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for Turkey

Recent Updates: The Security tab was updated – terrorism.

Advisory Text: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) 

There is a threat of terrorism from domestic and international terrorist groups throughout Turkey. Large- and small-scale bomb attacks have occurred, targeting Turkish military and government facilities, tourist attractions and popular public places, public transportation, and airports. Further attacks are expected ‎to occur, and terrorist groups have indicated that they will specifically target foreigners and tourists.

Terrorists may also target crowded places, those with high pedestrian traffic and where foreigners may gather, commercial establishments, local government offices, public transit stations, busy streets, long queues at tourist attractions, and places of worship.

On October 17, 2016, the Governor of Ankara announced a ban on all demonstrations and public gatherings and meetings in Ankara until November 30, due to an elevated terrorism threat. Sporting events and other special public events may still proceed with special permission from the office of the Governor.

On September 26, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Adana, Adana province, sent a Security message to U.S. citizens, indicating that there are “specific and credible threats of potential terrorist activity targeting U.S.-branded hotels in Adana.” Maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness, particularly when frequenting these establishments.

Although most attacks have occurred in the south and east of the country, they are becoming increasingly common in major cities, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul. On October 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul due to security information indicating extremist groups continue aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in Istanbul.

Increased security measures are in place throughout the country. Turkish security officials may set up roadblocks or close streets when they receive reports on specific threats. Be aware of your surroundings at all times in public places, avoid large crowds and follow the instructions of local authorities at all times.

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