At approximately 10:45pm on 10 December 2016 (local time) two explosions occurred near the Besiktas sports stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.  

New Zealanders currently in Istanbul should avoid the immediate vicinity, follow the instructions of the local authorities and monitor the media.  You should also let family in New Zealand know you are safe. 

We reiterate our existing travel advice for Turkey, to avoid all tourist and other non-essential travel to Istanbul, minimise your transit time and avoid tourist sites due to the threat of terrorism. 

See www.safetravel.govt.nz/turkey (external link) for further information. New Zealanders in Turkey who require consular assistance, should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Ankara on +90 312 446 3333.


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