Terror warning for Gallipoli ANZAC Day travellers

Richard Laycock 10 April 2017

Canakkale Martyrs' Memorial, Turkey for battle of Gallipoli

Remembrance services in Turkey a possible terror target.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) Smartraveller website issued a warning to Gallipoli Peninsula ANZAC Day 2017 visitors that they could be potential targets for terrorists.

DFAT reports local sources are aware that terrorists may target ANZAC Day events in Turkey and that a high level of security will be imposed for commemorations on the peninsula.

While the level of advice has not changed for the Gallipoli Peninsula, it remains at "Exercise a high degree of caution", there is a high threat of terrorism across Turkey.

Planning on travelling to the region? Check your insurance policy to find out what you're covered for.

finder.com.au recently spoke with Fast Cover CEO Dean Van Es about the different types of costs that might be covered in the event a tragedy does occur.

"Other travel insurers may have slightly different rules and exclusions for cover related to acts of terrorism, but our policies provide cover for overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses, including medical evacuations, if someone is injured during an act of terrorism," he said.

There's more than just hospital and emergency assistance costs to worry about. If an incident forces you to cancel or cut your trip short, you may be able to claim for those costs too, providing you have travel insurance before regional advise is changed to "Reconsider your need to travel" or "Do not travel".

"Generally speaking, if the traveller had already purchased insurance but not yet arrived in that region, they may have provision to claim for cancelling or rearranging their travel plans in order to avoid travelling there. If someone was already in the region when it changed, they may have provision to claim for alternative travel expenses to assist them to leave the area quickly," Van Es said.

Issues can arise if cautionary travel advise for the region you're visiting increases before departure.

"However, if the traveller decided to still go after the travel advice changed, effectively travelling against government warnings, it's unlikely they would have cover if anything happened," Van Es added.

You can monitor government updates for changes to the warnings via DFAT's Smartraveller website.

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