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Travelling to Turkey after Ankara attack: What you need to know

A car bomb killed 37 people in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday Credit: Depo Photos/ABACA/PA

At least 37 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday, prompting concerns from foreign travellers planning on visiting the country.

Here we take a look at the latest travel advice for those due to visit Ankara and its surrounding areas.

  • Foreign Office

The Foreign Office has advised Britons travelling to Turkey to "avoid the area" around Ankara and the Turkish-Syria border in the wake of Sunday's explosion.

Official warnings advise against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir and all but essential travel to Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces, Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari.

  • ABTA

ABTA, the leading association of travel agents and tour operators, has recommended that tourists visiting Turkey follow Foreign Office advice and "avoid the area" around Ankara.

Following an explosion in Ankara on Sunday 13 March, ABTA recommends that people should follow the advice of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office which is to avoid the area and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Around a million British holidaymakers visit Turkey every year. However, the capital Ankara is not a prime tourist destination and the main tourist resorts are hundreds of miles away.

– ABTA spokeswoman
  • Travel companies
Several tour operators have not updated travel advice to Turkey Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

There are currently no updates about travel to Turkey on the websites of travel companies Thomas Cook, Thomson or Monarch - all of whom fly to the country.

  • Travel expert
Credit: GMB

Travel expert Simon Calder said if people are worried about upcoming trips to the country they should contact their tour operator to try to rearrange but warned that some travel companies may not allow change to be made to travel plans.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, he said: "In Turkey, as with Tunisia and Egypt, people have been attacked specifically because they are tourists.

"If you are anxious to switch your holiday your tour operator may allow you to do so but other companies I'm afraid are gonna say 'look you booked it you knew there was a heightened threat of terrorism - the Foreign Office have said that for years - your holiday is going ahead you can't cancel without penalty'".

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