Outbound Travel Alert  


Country OTA currently in force Supplementary Information

Turkey
(south-eastern provinces)

Alert
Residents who intend to visit south-eastern provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential travel, including leisure travel. Those already there should monitor the situation, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people.

Residents in Turkey who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Turkey at consular protection hotline: (90) 5388215530.

  • On 18 July 2018, the state of emergency imposed since July 2016 was lifted.

  • On 17 February 2017, a car bomb explosion occurred in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa, resulting in casualties.

  • On 26 August 2016, a car bomb explosion occurred in the south-eastern town of Cizre, resulting in casualties.

  • On 20 August 2016, a bomb attack occurred in the south-eastern city of Gaziantep, resulting in serious casualties.

  • On 18 August 2016, bomb explosions occurred in the eastern cities of Elazig and Bitlis, both resulting in casualties.

  • On 15 and 17 August 2016, car bomb explosions occurred in the south-eastern cities of Diyarbakir and Van respectively, both resulting in casualties.

  • On 15 July 2016, a coup attempt occurred and armed clashes broke out in Ankara and Istanbul, resulting in casualties. On 20 July 2016, the Turkish authorities declared a state of emergency for 3 months.

  • On 8 June 2016, a car bomb attack on a police station occurred in the south-eastern city of Midyat, resulting in casualties.

  • On 31 March 2016, a car bomb explosion occurred near a police vehicle in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, resulting in casualties.

  • On 10 August 2015, bomb and gun attacks occurred in the south-eastern Sirnak province.

  • On 20 July 2015, a bomb attack occurred in the town of Suruc close to the border with Syria, resulting in serious casualties.

  • [ current OTA issued on 16 July 2016, 12:50 ]


Registration for Outbound Travel Information (ROTI)

Before departing Hong Kong, residents may register via ROTI their travel itineraries and contact details to receive updates on OTA and related information. The Immigration Department may contact and assist the registrants in an emergency.


Hyperlinks to other travel advisories:

Outbound Travel Alert of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (Chinese only)

Travel Advisories of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (English only)

Travel Reports and Warnings of Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (English only)

Travelling and Living Overseas of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (English only)

Travel Health News from Travel Health Service of the Department of Health



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