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Safety In Turkey

Group Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie gives her views on safety in Turkey:

Many of you may be worried to have heard reports of an attempted coup in Turkey overnight on 15/16 July, particularly coming off the back of attacks at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul a few weeks before.

Turkey has often been in the news for the wrong reasons this year and we understand that, for many, the natural response is to question the safety of the country as a whole.

At Thomas Cook, our first priority is always the safety of our customers, wherever they are in the world, and we never offer holidays in destinations to which the government advises against travel.

In this case, government advice recognises that Turkey is a huge country, with very different situations depending on where you travel. The resorts we offer are hundreds of miles away from Istanbul and Ankara and at least 800 miles from Syria – the same distance from London to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Our teams in resort are aware of some sporadic roadside checks between Marmaris and Dalaman airport, and there continues to be increased security in place at the airports that serve our resorts. Other than these ongoing security measures in Marmaris, the UK Foreign Office have said that the coastal resorts do not appear to be significantly affected.

Our holiday and flight programmes are operating as normal, and our teams on the ground tell us that customers continue to enjoy their holidays. Normal booking conditions are in place but anyone with concerns about their holiday should contact us directly on 01733 224536.

For our part, we love Turkey. We love it for its stunning beaches, great food, friendly people and fantastic resorts – and right now it offers some of the best value holiday options around.

Taking your loved ones anywhere is a serious decision and ultimately of course it’s up to you where you choose go on holiday. Whichever Thomas Cook holiday you choose, you can always be assured that your safety is our first priority.

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For information on the latest developments in Turkey, click here



The distances and driving times to Istanbul which has been affected by the military coup are as follows:

Antalya 675 kms 8 hours drive
Dalaman 764 kms 10 hours drive
Bodrum 702 kms 10 hours drive
Izmir 479 kms 6 hours drive


The distances and driving times to the Syrian border which the FCO advises UK customers to avoid are as  follows:

Antalya 857 kms 13 hours drive
Dalaman 1082 kms 17 hours drive
Bodrum 1282 kms 20 hours drive
Izmir 1210 kms 19 hours drive


Carol MacKenzie, Group Welfare Director