Is it safe to travel Turkey in 2023? Everyone is worried about the current life and travel status of Turkey for the near future. After a devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on 6th February 2023 at around 4.17 am, local time, thousands of buildings have collapsed and almost 30.000 lives were lost. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit near to the town of Gaziantep, in southeast Turkey and approximately 10 Turkish provinces were badly affected. Let’s Show it on the map below where it exactly is:
Who felt this earthquake?
As it happened on these lines, people felt this shake very lightly in Ankara (capital) or Antalya (south coast).
How does this compare with other large earthquakes ?
On 26 December 2004, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded struck off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a tsunami that swept away entire communities around the Indian Ocean.
The 9.1 magnitude quake killed about 228,000 people.
Another earthquake – off the coast of Japan in 2011 – registered as magnitude 9 and caused widespread damage on the land, and caused a tsunami. It led to a major accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant along the coast.
The largest ever earthquake registered 9.5, and was recorded in Chile in 1960.
(Source: BBC News)
Are there any restrictions to travel Turkey?
Travelling Turkey remains open and there is no increased risk in visiting other regions of Turkey.
Can I still plan yacht charter in travel Turkey plans for 2023?
Travelling on yacht is far more safer than any travel model. As you take your international fleight to anywhere in Turkey, Greece or Croatia, we organize your transfers safely from airports directly to the port. The places you visit are far from populated areas and you can plan yacht charter without getting under a roof. It is just OK to avoid buildings and closed areas, for our unique era that we cope with disasters, diseases and even economical and political changes. Also, we as yacht charter specialists make best efforts to act according to sudden and unexpected changes. You may consider that you will have your own travel consultant all through your travel time that can secure your back home.
What are the other conditions for Turkey?
- Turkey’s economic decline has been fueled by a combination of high global energy prices, the Covid-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine, and, predominantly, by economic policies directed by Erdogan that have suppressed interest rates despite soaring inflation, sending the Turkish lira to a record low against the dollar. That’s a huge benefit still for tourists that come from Euro or dollar zones, and want to spend in Turkish liras despite the inflated prices. (Source: Cnbc News)
- Turkey approaches presidential election on May 14.
- Although Turkey’s position is nearer to Middle Eastern and Russian-Ukranian political and military conflicts, Turkey prefers to stay detached, even-tempered and conciliatory between sides.
- The terrorism incidents that caused travelers to have second thoughts about Turkey for several years are now in the past, with its safe status as much as most European and American states. Tourism is in a period of recovery now and tourist numbers in 2022 nearly returned to their 2019 pre-pandemic figures.
For any international travels:
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind at all times:
- Learn a few essential local language in case you would need help in something
- Know where your embassy is and what their contact numbers are
- Spend some money to secure internet on your phone
- Learn emergency numbers (ambulance, police, coast guard and so on)
- Be sure to check your location services is in function on your phone
- You can carry a small pack of medicine that you use regularly
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