Are holidays to Turkey cancelled? How the earthquakes affect travel and which regions were hit

Britons who have booked a holiday to Turkey over the school half term may be concerned about travel to the country following the two earthquakes that hit the south-eastern region of the country, as well as neighbouring Syria.

The UK Foreign Office has warned people who are in Turkey or planning to travel there to “follow the information and advice from local authorities/your tour operator”.

There were strong aftershocks felt across Turkey and as far away as Egypt following the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Gaziantep on Monday morning.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Turkey and Syria and there are collapsed buildings on both sides of the border.

A second earthquake that measured 7.6 on the Richter scale was recorded in Turkey’s south-eastern region of Kahramanmaraş at 1.24pm local time on Monday.

Which areas of Turkey are affected?

The first earthquake hit the south-eastern city of Gaziantep and nine other provinces in Turkey. The second, 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Kahramanmaraş. These are the affected provinces:

  • Hatay 
  • Osmaniye 
  • Adıyaman 
  • Diyarbakır 
  • Sanliurfa 
  • Kahramanmaras 
  • Kilis 
  • Adana 
  • Malatya 

Is Antalya affected by the earthquakes?

The Turkish resort city of Antalya in the south-west of the country and the surrounding province – popular among British tourists with many tour operators offering holidays in the region – have not been affected by the earthquakes. The distance by air between Gaziantep and Antalya is 369 miles.

Have holidays or flights been cancelled?

No flights or package holidays from the UK to Turkey have been cancelled, according to tour operators and travel experts have confirmed.

Travel companies that offer holidays in Turkey include:

  • Tui
  • British Airways Holidays
  • On the Beach
  • Thomas Cook
  • Hays Travel
  • Kuoni
  • EasyJet Holidays
  • Jet2 Holidays

There are no flights cancelled from UK airports to Turkey

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