The National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Office has tightened its Turkey travel warning for Israelis. “For several weeks, and especially since Iran accused Israel of being responsible for the death of the Revolutionary Guards officer last week (May 22), fear has been growing within the security establishment of the Iranian attempts to strike Israeli targets around the world,” he added. says the National Security Council. In light of this, he warns that “Turkey is a high-risk country for Israelis at the moment.” The official recommendation for Israeli citizens is to refrain from non-essential travel to Turkey, and for those who must travel there to be extra careful.
The announcements also read: “According to defense establishment agencies, this is a warning in the context of a substantial threat to Israelis in Turkey. The threat level has also increased in other countries bordering Iran, so Israeli citizens should remain vigilant and be strict about safety rules when traveling to any of these countries.”
The precautions recommended by the National Security Council are “to avoid contact with strangers and to be suspicious of any offer or approach from people you do not know, including local service providers, to avoid disclosing personal information, a specific route and location in real time or in advance, avoid telling strangers about past military service, avoid showing outward signs of Israeli identity, etc.
Turkey is currently the main vacation destination for Israelis in the run up to the Shavuot holiday and for the summer. According to travel agents, Turkey in general and Antalya in particular are destinations for families, especially those looking for an all-inclusive resort package. The value for money and the product offered by Turkey currently position it ahead of Greece and Cyprus. Will this now change?
A traveler who was due to leave for Antalya this week told ‘Globes’ that he had decided to cancel his flight. “We booked the holiday knowing there was a travel warning, but please be aware that with news that the warning has become more severe, we have informed the airline that we are canceling the trip.” In this case, it should be specified that the person will pay a cancellation fee and also a processing fee according to the terms of the ticket he purchased. Travel insurance that covers cancellation for any reason can reimburse people for most of the expenses they will lose as a result of a flight cancellation. As far as airlines are concerned, as long as they continue to provide the connection, the decision to show up or not on a flight belongs to the passenger, who also bears the financial loss.
Shirley Cohen Orkaby, vice president of marketing and sales at Eshet Tours, said that at this stage there has been no noticeable drop in bookings or increase in cancellation requests, “but it could change later in the day”. She also says that anyone who wishes to cancel can do so under consumer protection law. The law states that a transaction carried out remotely (over the Internet or by telephone) can be canceled up to 14 days from the date on which it was carried out, provided that the date of the trip is at least seven days.
Travel agency Flying Carpet also saw no change in the pace of bookings. Oren Cohen Meguri, Vice President of Sales, said: “The summer booking rate for family vacations in Antalya is continuing as normal. In the coming days, tens of thousands of Israelis will be flying to spend the Shavuot holidays in Antalya, and we don’t know of any cancellations by our customers.”
“This is a renewal of an existing disclaimer,” says Nir Mazor, Sales and Marketing Director of Flying Carpet. “We saw a similar element before the Passover holiday in connection with Dubai and Sinai. In practice, this had no effect on visitor traffic, which only strengthened several times. We expect that as long as the political situation between the countries remains stable, such warnings will have no effect.After all, we live in Israel, and Israelis are used to dealing with risk in their daily lives.
Based on inquiries from Phoenix and Passportcard, it appears that there will be no change in terms or prices of travel insurance policies for Turkey.
Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on May 30, 2022.
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