Istanbul was one of the leading Turkish destinations for both 2015 and 2016, but after multiple terror attacks that happened the past year, is this a safe destination for tourists around the world? What is 2017 bringing, has the security improved? Let’s find out!
As you can imagine, the past, gruesome terror attacks that happened in 2016 left a huge impact on them. Since these attacks happened more than once, people are afraid to visit Istanbul and Turkey as a whole. Thankfully, the security of most public locations has improved quite a lot recently. And while some terror attacks targeted private establishments recently, the public safety is a lot better. All airports increased their police and anti-crime unit centers and presence.
However, terror attacks can appear out of nowhere. This will be a major challenge for tourists that want to travel in complete safety. In most busy areas, the authorities are stopping people on the street to ask for their ID. The entry points for the country are on alert as well, and they are double checking people with dual nationality, and they also check them against the international crime database.
Will Istanbul Tourism Safety be better in 2017? It’s hard to say that, but it’s clear that the authorities are doing their role in increasing the overall public safety. Continued checks, better security in public locations and an increased focus on catching international fugitives might make Turkey and Istanbul, in particular, a better and safer place to visit.
However, since terror attacks are spontaneous, it can be pretty hard to identify them. This is why you need to be prepared for any situation like this if the need arises of course. With that in mind, there are a wide array of things you can do if such a situation appears.
How Can You Protect Yourself In The Case Of a Terror Attack?
The first thing you need to do is to run. Escape if that is a possibility and always try to find the safest option. The idea is to go in a direction that puts you as far as possible from any harm. Insist that your friends come with you as fast as possible. In case such a situation arises, leave any belongings behind. You have to think solely about your personal safety and the safety of your loved ones.
In case running is not an option, hide. Make sure that you find a good spot to hide, away from the plain sight and any potential gunfire. Remember, if you see the attacker, he might be able to see you too and thus you will be in danger. Try to spot exists and silence your phone, be quiet at all times. If you can, barricade and lock yourself in the hiding place. Obviously, you want to stay away from the door.
Remember to call the police and tell them about the location and suspects. Any description will come in handy here. Keep in mind that any relevant information will come in handy here, so don’t hesitate to alert the authorities if possible!
As you can see, while the Istanbul tourism safety has improved quite a bit and it will continue to do so, it’s still a good idea to prepare yourself against terror attacks. These can and will appear out of nowhere, so you should consider any preparation that will help keep you safe!