IDF soldiers and ZAKA medical emergency workers carry body of wounded Israel upon arrival from Turkey at Ben-Gurion Airport. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)


In the wake of Saturday’s Islamic State suicide bombing in Istanbul, Israel upgraded its existing travel warning, recommending that the public avoid visiting Turkey.

The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau (NSCCTB) on Sunday released the following revised travel warning for Turkey:

Recent months have seen a considerable upsurge in the threat level in Turkey, which has found expression in the significant magnitude of terrorist attacks, especially suicide attacks by the Kurdish underground and Daesh [Islamic State], throughout the country, notably in Istanbul and Ankara.

Yesterday’s deadly attack in Istanbul, in which a group of Israeli tourists was hit, underscores the threat against tourist targets throughout Turkey.

In the wake of an NSCCTB assessment of the situation, it was decided to update the existing travel warning vis-à-vis Turkey from an ongoing potential threat to a basic concrete threat, and to reiterate our recommendation to the public to avoid visiting the country.

The updated travel warning is as follows:

Following an assessment of the situation in wake of the worsening magnitude of terrorist attacks in Turkey, in centers of tourism and crowded areas, especially yesterday’s attack in Istanbul in which Israeli citizens were murdered and wounded, and due to the concern of additional attacks, the NSCCTB upgrades its existing travel warning and recommends that the public avoid visiting Turkey.

Source: Government Press Office