Kiwis warned terrorists may seek to target Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli
The Government is warning Kiwis travelling to Gallipoli for the April 24-25 commemorations that there is information terrorists may target the annual event.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully on Thursday said the travel advice for Turkey had been updated.
"The advice for New Zealand citizens reflects information received that suggests terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula," McCully said.
While travel advice for Turkey and the Gallipoli Peninsula has changed, the level of risk remains the same.
On its website the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is advising caution when travelling in Turkey, including on the Gallipoli peninsula, due to the threat from terrorism and potential for civil unrest.
"Turkish authorities are aware of this information and traditionally provide a high level of protective security around Anzac Day commemorations on the peninsula," it said.
McCully said the Government continued to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul, and recommended caution in Gallipoli and elsewhere in Turkey, "due to the heightened threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest".
Higher risk levels are in place along the border with Syria and in south-east Turkey.
"New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities at all times.
He said he welcomed Turkey's ongoing commitment to providing a high level of security to New Zealanders attending Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli.
"I strongly encourage all New Zealanders travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day commemorations to register on Safe Travel and monitor the travel advice which will be kept under close review in the lead up to the event," he said.
McCully said New Zealand agencies in assembling these assessments take account of all the information available and the Government had an obligation to bring this to the public's attention.
'We never comment on intelligence matters."
He would not comment on whether the information referred to domestic terrorism within Turkey or international threats such as from ISIS.