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
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.
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