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British holidaymakers cancel holidays to Turkey

19 July 2016 07:58

Thousands of British tourists have cancelled their holidays to Turkey

Thousands of British tourists have cancelled their holidays to Turkey

Thousands of British families have cancelled their holidays to Turkey following violence in the country during an attempted coup.

Travel agents have been inundated with calls from concerned tourists - following the attempted military takeover - who are asking to delay or cancel their trip to the country.

At least 294 people were killed during the conflict on Friday (July 15).

Holidaymakers have been urged to exercise caution in the coastal resort of Marmaris, where gunfire has been heard as the Turkish government cracks down on suspected perpetrators.

Some 6,000 suspects and opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been arrested since a night of bloody conflict on Friday.

The UK government's emergency Cobra committee met on Sunday morning to discuss the aftermath.

Close co-operation will be maintained with the Turkish government, while efforts to assist Britons stranded abroad will become a main focus, the committee said.

Holidaymakers can get peace of mind by having cancellation cover when taking out trusted travel insurance.

Turkey flights returning to normal

Flights to the UK have begun to return to normal and the government confirmed the backlog of passengers is starting to ease.

The Foreign Office said in its travel advice that the situation was "calming" but could still be "volatile".

It advised British tourists to avoid public places, especially demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul, and to follow the advice of authorities.

Officials said coastal resorts other than Marmaris do not appear to be significantly affected.

A British Airways spokeswoman said flights would be operating on Monday, adding: "Our flights to Turkey have resumed but we recommend that customers visit to check the status of their individual flight."

Thomson and First Choice flights to Dalaman, Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum are operating as normal, as are easyJet services.

Advice for tourists

  • Check with your airline or tour operator before travelling
  • Arrive at the airport earlier than normal to get through additional security checks in place
  • Avoid public places in Ankara and Istanbul, in particular demonstrations, and remain vigilant
  • Take sensible precautions if you are in the vicinity of any military or security forces