Has anyone been to Turkey since the Jan. 12th, 2016, terrorist bombing, and if so, was there increased security at the main tourist sites (and elsewhere)? I really want to go to Turkey, and I know I could get hit by a bus on my way to the grocery store, but I thought people with some really recent experience could reassure me. Thanks!
Don't worry, everything is fine here, security level at highest point. And don't let terrorism change your plans. It is even usual in US, Europe etc anywhere in the world. Just come and have fun! by the way keep away from large group protests.... thats all
We are heading out in two weeks on a 2-month multi-country trip - Egypt-Jordan-Turkey-Greece-Italy. Gave the security situation some serious some thought and decided it was a go. Security will be tighter now and as a result, safer. And, as you say, there's a higher probability of an auto accident here at home. Just travel smart-maintain a low profile-avoid (if you can) long lines and groups. If something doesn't look right, pay attention to your gut. And enjoy the trip. We plan to.
I went a couple weeks before the attack. Security was good then, and I'm sure it's even better now. It is a very safe city, don't let the sensationalism of the media keep you from going. I can't wait to go back!
We were there last week and had a wonderful trip. I don't know whether there was increased security, because I've never been to Istanbul before and so have nothing to compare it to, but we did have to go through metal detectors to get into Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Underground Cistern. We saw a lot of police in Sultanahmet Park too. Honestly, I felt perfectly safe the entire time we were there, even though (or maybe because?) there were not very many tourists. What I did notice was that there were no other Americans there. None. Many people we encountered were grateful to see us, and they told us that they were happy we had come. I think it was a wonderful time to go: there were no lines for anything, the tourist sights were not at all crowded, the people were friendly, our hotel was steeply discounted, and we were ambassadors for the US--showing friendship and goodwill to a Muslim country. I would urge anyone who is able to go now. Hope that helps!