1 Apr 2016

Australians warned to stay away from Istanbul ahead of Anzac Day

6:52 am on 1 April 2016

Just three weeks before New Zealanders and Australians start gathering in Turkey for this year's Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli, Australians are being warned by their Government to stay away from Istanbul and Ankara.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says the Australian Government is working closely with New Zealand and Turkish authorities to secure the safety of those attending the Gallipoli ceremonies.

Canberra has warned Australians travelling to the Anzac Day services to minimise any transit time spent in Turkey's two biggest cities, including in tourist and other public areas.

Ms Bishop said she was not aware of any specific threat to Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula.