Lonely Planet Writer

Turkey & Russia trade holiday destination warnings

In an apparent bid to keep residents safe and traveller’s rubles at home, Russians have been advised against travelling to popular destinations abroad this winter.

Russia and Turkey have advised against travel to the other country.
Russia and Turkey have advised against travel to the other country. Moscow Image by Lori Branham / CC BY 2.0 Istanbul image by Dennis Jarvis CC BY-SA 2.0

While many Russians look to Egypt and Turkey for a warm winter getaway, security risks have already been cited as a reason not to go, particularly the downing of a Russian plane leaving the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik on 31 October, for which terrorist group Isis claimed responsibility.

On 24 November, a Russian military jet was shot down over the Turkey-Syria border, leading to increase tensions between the countries. Russia has implemented a ban on various goods from Turkey and has ended its visa-free travel scheme for visitors from Turkey starting on 1 January.

Turkey has since responded by advising its residents against any non-urgent travel to Russia.

The New Year’s holiday is a popular travel time for Russian holiday-goers.

The head of Russia’s tourism agency reportedly told the government newspaper there was no need for residents to go on a beach vacation, evidently landing him in hot water, according to AFP. He instead suggested people head to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine, which would benefit the domestic economy.

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