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Old 06-16-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and started full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005.
Right. Started full membership negotiations. Which are not complete. They are not a part of the EU.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:44 PM
 
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I think you may mean NATO? Anyhoo, my grey-haired mild-mannered mother did tour of Turkey, had a marvelous time.
Whoever thinks it is dangerous to travel to Turkey is being silly and shouldn't travel at all.
Nowhere is perfectly safe but Turkey is not a particularly dangerous country to be. I am sure places such Washington DC or Chicago have higher crime rates than Istanbul.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:47 PM
 
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Having spent a week there I can say that Istanbul is absolutely a safe destination, and I think its violent crime rate is quite low for a city of that size. That said, parts of Eastern Turkey near the borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria are a whole different animal. I would return to Istanbul in a heartbeat, and I'm definitely interested in Cappadocia, Ephesus, etc. But I wouldn't feel safe traveling to the very rural and more unstable areas of eastern Turkey, which are very much the middle east.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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I have no interest in going back to Turkey or Egypt. No interest in China. Would like to see more of Europe, where I've traveled the least.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:05 PM
 
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Having spent a week there I can say that Istanbul is absolutely a safe destination, and I think its violent crime rate is quite low for a city of that size. That said, parts of Eastern Turkey near the borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria are a whole different animal. I would return to Istanbul in a heartbeat, and I'm definitely interested in Cappadocia, Ephesus, etc. But I wouldn't feel safe traveling to the very rural and more unstable areas of eastern Turkey, which are very much the middle east.
This is exactly how I feel about Turkey.

The same thing goes for Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, and Tangier--basically the Northwest third of the country--are perfectly safe and welcoming to European and Western tourists. I might be somewhat more apprehensive about travel towards the Algierian and Western Sahara borders due to political unrest and the spread of Isis from Mauritania.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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Having spent a week there I can say that Istanbul is absolutely a safe destination, and I think its violent crime rate is quite low for a city of that size. That said, parts of Eastern Turkey near the borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria are a whole different animal. I would return to Istanbul in a heartbeat, and I'm definitely interested in Cappadocia, Ephesus, etc. But I wouldn't feel safe traveling to the very rural and more unstable areas of eastern Turkey, which are very much the middle east.
true, not so different from people feel perfectly safe in Boston or Minneapolis but not so much in New Orleans, Baltimore or South side Chicago.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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I'd describe Turkey as kind of like Mexico- some generally safe parts (Cancun, some of the bigger coastal SW cities, Istanbul) and some border areas which should be avoided at all costs because they're insanely dangerous.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:41 PM
 
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if you're not part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem
Sorry I don't buy that. The department of Tourism, if it even exists, hasn't done anything to make people want to visit, and shouldn't be blaming potential visitors for lack of interest.
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:57 AM
 
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I have been advised by several friends who have been to India not to go there if I don't want to get sick. I would probably also avoid Islamic countries other than possibly Turkey, Jordan, and the UAE, and I would be a little reluctant to go to places where medical care is scarce, particularly in Africa.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:20 AM
 
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The same thing goes for Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, and Tangier--basically the Northwest third of the country--are perfectly safe and welcoming to European and Western tourists. I might be somewhat more apprehensive about travel towards the Algierian and Western Sahara borders due to political unrest and the spread of Isis from Mauritania.
We go to Tunisia twice a year. Wonderful, friendly people. We English don't frighten easily.

Port el Kantaoui is a nice place to spend a couple of weeks.


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