2017-07-20: Following the arrest of a German activist attending a conference in Turkey on unsubstantiated charges, the German Federal Foreign Office announced on Thursday (20 July) significant alterations in its travel advisory and its relations with the Turkish government. As such, all travellers in and to Turkey should exercise caution, register with the embassy, and need to be aware of the risk of arrest. Embassy and consular support may not be readily available, in particular for people holding the Turkish citizenship. The foreign minister further warned German companies against investing in Turkey, due to a lack of judicial certainty.
Further changes in visa and entry policy are likely to be announced in the coming days. In the past, the Turkish government has adopted retaliatory measures and restricted entry for passengers, without giving a reason. It is possible that these changes also affect citizens of other countries. Travellers should proceed with heightened caution and follow instructions by local authorities.
Auswärtiges Amt, A3M, dpa, Tagesschau
Travellers in Turkey should consider the foreign travel advice issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Link).