So i'm considering Visiting Istanbul on a small group tour, i believe no more than 10 people some time in October. When i check the US Embassy and US State Departments website, the warnings seem to focus more on "terrorism" and "arbitrary detention" rather than COVID. So i'm wondering, are those warnings true or are they politically motivated...? I'm well aware the US and Turkey are and have not been on good terms diplomatically for some time. As i am an admirer of Turkish Culture and History, i'm inclined to believe this warning is political and has no real basis. I've never been to Istanbul, or Turkey so, i'm just wondering if any one can shed light on this. As for the COVID issue-- Don't touch that topic please. If you don't agree with me traveling , don't reply. I have tested negative recently, and despite the Turkish Government not requiring it, i fully intend to get tested the day before the day i'm considering taking my trip; i even have an appointment set, regardless of if i go through with it.
My main concern is weather or not the political tit for tat that the U.S. "fearless" "leader" has engaged in has any reflection on the US Embassy warning, and if it is based in any reality. I appreciate any constructive responses.
Thank you .