Dublin’s tourism board is advising tourists to avoid the Turkish resort town of Adana and the capital Ankara as the country continues to experience a surge in terror attacks.
The advisory comes as Ankara has suffered another wave of attacks targeting tourists and staff as well as people with links to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting an insurgency in Turkey for decades.
The latest incident took place in Istanbul on Saturday when a car bomb exploded at the main market, killing three people and injuring 22 others.
The incident followed a similar explosion in Ankara in which two people were killed and several others injured.
The Turkish government has blamed the attack on a terrorist cell linked to the PKK, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in recent years, including in 2016, when a van drove into a crowd of people celebrating a pro-Kurdish march.
The group, which was designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, was also behind a bomb attack on Istanbul’s main train station in July that killed more than 80 people.
On Saturday, the board warned travellers to avoid all areas of Istanbul and the central Anatolian province of Adanas as the security situation in Turkey remained tight.
“It is important to note that while we recognise that there are no direct links between the events in Ankara and events in Istanbul, we do not rule out the possibility that some terrorist cell is responsible for the incidents in Ankara,” the advisory said.
It also warned people not to enter Turkey’s borders, saying “the current situation is too dangerous to allow the influx of foreign nationals”.
“We are not recommending any specific routes or travel plans.
However, please keep an eye out for any possible terrorist activity,” it added.
Tourism Minister Efe Bodos said in a statement on Sunday that there had been “an unprecedented number of terror attacks” in Turkey, and there was a “growing threat” of attacks across Europe.
He said the Government would introduce new legislation to help protect travellers and staff in the event of a terror attack.
The government is also preparing to introduce legislation to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism laws.