The Netherlands warns about travel to Turkey

epa07488213 People take pictures at the new Istanbul Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 April 2019. Ataturk airport operations officially moved to the new Istanbul Airport on 05 April 2019. Moving took about 45 hours, with over 700 trucks involved. EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

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The Dutch foreign ministry has warned holidaymakers heading to Turkey that their phones and other electronic apparatus can be confiscated if officials think there may be a connection to organisations considered terrorist by the Turkish authorities.

Phones can be checked at the airport without the involvement of a lawyer and without an official investigation being started, the ministry advice says.

In addition, the Turkish authorities have the power to act if people make comments on social media or elsewhere which are considered unacceptable by the government. ‘Take this into account if you are travelling to Turkey,’ the recommendations state.





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