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What are some important warnings when traveling to Turkey?

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When travelling to Turkey, one must stay away from areas that are under a high threat from terrorism. Travellers must be vigilant, avoid large pubic events especially during holidays, and refuse to accept items from strangers.

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Due to the possibility of terrorist activity, travellers must avoid the provinces bordering Syria and Iraq, including Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Kilis. Other provinces to avoid include Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari. Large public events during holidays and other historic dates must be avoided if possible, because they are potential targets for terror attacks. The U.S. Department of State also advises against receiving letters, parcels and other items from strangers, since terrorists have attempted to use foreigners to deliver messages and packages before. Foreigners acting as couriers may be arrested if caught.

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