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  1. Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas near the Syrian and Iraqi borders due to terrorism. (Level 4) Reconsider travel to: Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van (Level 3) Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transporta
  2. Hi everybody, I'm new to the forums and am considering a move this fall to Turkey - specifically the Antalya, Fethiye or Alanya areas. I've spent a great amount of time in Turkey prior to 2016 as a female on my own and fell in love the country, but haven't been there since and am not sure what to expect in these days and times. Being an American, I know we are not currently seen in the greatest light (putting it lightly) and wanted to know if any of you (American expats) have felt or experienced an increase in anti-americanism, or have not felt safe and considered leaving? I am conce
  3. Street Criminals Blend In Don't expect to be able to spot one. Thieves may dress like businessmen or women, or even tourists. Teams Pick pockets often work together, one creating a distraction while the other takes your belongings. Even children can be involved. One team member may work as a spotter, directing another to an inattentive target or unattended item of value. After a theft, the thief may pass the stolen item to another, so if confronted, or even searched, he or she won't have the stolen item on them. Crowds Anywhere people are close together is a good place fo
  4. Sexual harassment is illegal in Turkey. Those committing it, especially if they are in a position of influence over the victim, can actually be sentenced to three months in jail. Unfortunately it is one thing to pass a law, and another to change the mentality of every man in a society. The most common types of sexual harassment in Turkey are Leering Making kissing noises Honking by men in passing cars Touching or groping on crowded buses or other forms of public transportation Insistent advances Following Misunderstanding Intentions Being friendl
  5. Mugging The occurrence of violent crimes, even in large cities, is lower than in comparable cities in other parts of the world. In smaller towns, it is practically unheard of. But muggings can happen, in places including shopping malls, parking lots, and even outside of your own home. In most muggings in Turkey, thankfully, the victim is not hurt. The muggers simply overpower the victim by holding them down, or may display a weapon, get the valuables, and disappear. Muggers Muggers typically roam around or lie in wait looking for an unprepared or unaware target. They are not neces
  6. The Usual Burglaries The majority of burglaries committed in Turkey are unplanned and disorganized. Burglars rely on lax security and look for the easiest target with the least risk. They make sure nobody is home through some method which can be easily explained away, such as knocking on a door with a pretext question or walking around the house to see if they are challenged, as they look for an easy entry point. If they find they're able to walk through an unlocked door or climb through an insecure window, speed is essential. so they take what is left on tables and dressers or stored
  7. Thanks to @FenerEniste, a source of information on buying a firearm and getting a permit for concealed carry. The page you need is "Silah Ruhsat," in the navigation menu. The page is in Turkish, so run it through Google translate or view it in Google Chrome. Silah Dünyası (Gun World) Turkey
  8. The U. S. Embassy in Ankara informs U. S. citizens that the U. S. government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey. The U. S. Embassy reminds U. S. citizens that foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist organizations, and advises U. S. citizens to be mindful of the potential for danger in crowded public areas and at popular tourist destinations. See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Ale
  9. I think I am probably beating a dead horse but here it goes. I am moving to Istanbul in a little over two weeks. I have registered in the American Embassies STEP so that they can send me alerts via e-mail. I just received an alert about a demonstration in Istanbul at the American Embassy this week. Because I am not familiar with Istanbul yet I have no idea if this is anywhere near where I will be working or living. I stay abreast of world news and events but I also know from experience and talking with others that the news may not be completely accurate. My question is this - Wh
  10. I am not even sure if this can be counted as a robbery because maybe these kids were just trying to tease me, and they didn't force me to handle in my phone or wallet. They grabbed me a pair of sunglasses (worth 500 TL) when I was waiting for the bus in front of the Merkez Park (Central Park). As I didn't expect this to happen in broad daylight, it took me quite a while to realize what was going on, and by that time, these teenage boys had long disappeared in the traffic, not to mention that I had to put on my normal glasses because of my poor eye-sight. I had to admit I was being too carel
  11. I received the following message from a Turkish person who works for a relief organization at the same shared office space that I work from. I dont know if this 100% accurate, but am sharing anyways. Stay safe, y'all. This statement is for areas in HATAY, ANKARA AND ISTANBUL ISIS has threatened a number of areas and has released it to the media. ISIS have mentioned Hatay, Istanbul and Ankara and areas that FSA are know to be. It is recommended that areas where large gathering are happening for your own safety it would be suggested to stay away. ISIS is targeting FSA and other oppositio
  12. Could anyone please share, with honesty, the current condition for foreign (particularly British or American) English teachers working/living in Turkey (in Istanbul and Ankara)? Is it safe to work in Turkey as an English teacher given the current events unfolding today? And what are the challenges or possible issues to be had for English female instructors?
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