Turkey is generally a safe place to spend a holiday; however it is always a good idea to be aware of the local risks whenever travelling somewhere new. Here are some things to look out for on your holidays to Turkey:
If you ever need the help of police while you are on your holidays to Turkey, the local number to call is 155. You can call this from any telephone without having to pay a charge. If you are far out in the countryside you can call 156 for the Military Police who cover rural security.
Just like any other large cities in the world, there is a risk of petty crime in Istanbul such as mugging, pick pocketing and purse-snatching. Keep your purse around you, have your wallet in your front pocket, and keep a close eye on your belongings. If your camera or mobile phone is a new model, this will be particularly enticing to thieves so keep it hidden.
A common scam is when two people in public suddenly burst into a heated argument or fight. While you are distracted watching them a third person will sneak up behind you and steal your wallet. Always be on alert.
Driving can be dangerous in Turkey, as the local drivers tend to ignore all traffic regulations and drive very quickly and erratically. Watch out when crossing the street and remember that just because the light is red this does not mean that the driver will stop for you.
When you are swimming on the beach during your holidays to Turkey, don’t bring your mobile phone or wallet with you and leave it on the beach while you are in the water.
Don’t eat food that is sitting outside in the heat, as you are likely to become very sick. Wash and peel all vegetables and watch where the locals eat their food to find out which sources are safe. Also, avoid drinking water from the public water fountains and drink bottled water instead.
If you plan to do any trekking or hiking in the wilderness during your holidays in Turkey, keep in mind that there poisonous snakes in the north-eastern Black Sea region. There are also scorpions to watch out for in the south-eastern and southern parts of the country. If you are bitten by a scorpion, rush to a hospital immediately.
In the cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Antalya you will find “Tourism Police” who are there to help tourists on holidays to Turkey. You can turn to these police officers for help if you lose your passport, are robbed, or need help with any other issue you might have on your holidays to Turkey. They are trained to speak English, as well as French, Arabic and German.
Be sure to remember these important tips for saying safe on your holidays to Turkey.
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