The U.S. State Department on Tuesday updated its travel warning for Turkey, saying that tourists have been "explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations."
The warning specifically advised against travel to southeastern Turkey.
As of March 29, the State Department has ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Consulate in Adana as well as of family members of U.S. government civilians in the Izmir and Mugla provinces. It has restricted official travel to Turkey to “mission-critical” travel only. The U.S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will provide all routine consular services.
U.S. citizens should avoid areas in close proximity to the Syrian border, according to the warning. They should also stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations, exercise heightened vigilance and caution when in public areas, and avoid political gatherings and rallies.
The State Department also advised staying at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.
The updated warning replaces the one issued on March 17, days after a car bomb exploded in Ankara, killing 37 and injuring 125. There have been four suicide bombings in Turkey this year, including two in Istanbul.