FM asks Czechs to avoid travelling to Istanbul

Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IstanbulThe Foreign Ministry of Czech has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to south-eastern Turkey and also the region of Ankara based in Turkey, following a military coup in this nation, said Lubomir Zaoralek, the Foreign Minister on Saturday.


He asked the Czechs to steer clear of crowded places in Turkey and to be really careful while travelling to different regions in Turkey. Lubomir Zaoralek had called another meeting for Monday to evaluate the current political scenario in Turkey. He said that though the situation is calm in Turkish resorts, the situation continues to be tense in this country and the present developments need to be monitored closely.


The Czech Republic would not ask its citizens to leave Turkey at the moment. However, it would send a military plane within the next two hours if the situation worsened there, said the foreign minister. Currently, nearly about 7,000 Czechs reside in Turkey. Zaoralek said that the military coup did not harm any of them.


He warned citizens not to leave their accommodation facilities if they were staying in Turkey.


Meanwhile, the political situation in Turkey eased down after the Turkish government was capable of frustrating the military coup. This is the major reason why the Czech government asked citizens to avoid Ankara and other places in Turkey where agitation was taking place.


The foreign minister said that he would keep assessing the situation and update citizens about the latest developments. He further added that people could use the emergency phone line that would be available.


At least a 100 Czech travellers who were stuck in the Istanbul airport utilized the phone line at night.


Travel agencies also honored the foreign minister’s decision to stop arranging trips to south-eastern Turkey and Ankara as they, too were skeptical about these localities.


The travel agents would be compelled to evacuate their clients from Turkey if the ministry declared this country a dangerous travel destination.


About a 100 people were injured in the military coup and 161 lost their lives in Turkey.


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