Government adjusts Outbound Travel Alert for Turkey

     The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today (November 28) adjusted the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Turkey from Red to Amber, but is maintaining the Red OTA for certain regions of the country.

     A Government spokesman said, "In view of the latest situation in Turkey, we are maintaining the Red OTA for Ankara, Istanbul and south-eastern provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van, and adjusting the OTA from Red to Amber for the remaining areas of the country."

     Residents can obtain the latest OTA information on the Security Bureau's OTA webpage:

     Residents should pay attention to their personal safety when travelling abroad. Residents who need assistance while outside Hong Kong may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department (ImmD) at (852) 1868.

     Hong Kong residents are encouraged to use the online Registration of Outbound Travel Information service ( of the ImmD to register their contact details and itinerary when outside Hong Kong. The information provided allows the ImmD to disseminate practical information to them through appropriate means, including SMS on mobile phones, on a timely basis when necessary.

Ends/Monday, November 28, 2016
Issued at HKT 13:00