U.S. lifts Turkey travel warning

WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. lifted a travel warning for Turkey that the department instituted after anti-Western terrorist bombings in Istanbul in November.

The warning irked the Turkish Tourist Office, which said the U.S. had failed to take into account the country's "enviable record for tourist safety."

Turkey recently reported a 35% jump in foreign visits; Ankara also reduced tourist visa fees for U.S. citizens from $100 to $20.

Although it retracted its travel warning, the State Dept. still cautioned U.S. visitors to Turkey to "exercise caution and good judgement, keep a low profile, and remain vigilant.

For more information visit http://travel.state.gov/turkey.html.

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