Media Release

19 February 2009

Travel Bulletin for Australians travelling to Turkey for ANZAC Day

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel bulletin for Australians planning to travel to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Each year, thousands of people travel to Gallipoli to attend the Anzac Day commemorations, which hold a special significance for Australians and New Zealanders.

The travel bulletin contains information on the commemorative services that will be held from April 24 to April 25.  It provides advice on local conditions that travellers are likely to face and advises the sort of things Australians can do ahead of their trip to ensure they are well-prepared, informed and kept up to date.

Travellers are urged to organise comprehensive travel insurance before they leave for Turkey, register their contact details with smartraveller.gov.au and subscribe to the free email service which provides up to date travel advice for Turkey.

During April, the Gallipoli peninsula can experience extreme weather conditions. Overnight temperatures may fall below zero.  Rain and very cold winds are possible.  The weather during the day may be warm and windy.

There is no shelter available at the commemorative sites so the advisory urges visitors to be prepared for extended periods of exposure to the elements.  Turkish authorities are responsible for security arrangements for the commemorations and visitors need also to allow sufficient time to pass through the various security checkpoints. 

The travel bulletin also details those items that cannot be brought onto the site, including alcohol, camping equipment, flammable liquids and large backpacks.

The travel bulletin also contains details on where travellers can get help if they need it, either from Turkish Authorities or from Australian consular officials. Further information is also available at the DVA website.

Media Enquiries: DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261 1555