Earlier in the day, an explosion occurred in the central square in Istanbul’s historical center, leaving at least 10 people dead and 15 injured. According to media reports, at least six German citizens are among those injured in the blast.
"Late in the morning of January 12, an explosion occurred at At Meydani in downtown Istanbul. Travelers to Istanbul are strongly advised to avoid crowded public places and tourist attractions and to stay abreast of this travel advice and situation developments through the media," the ministry's travel notice reads.
The travel notice called on travelers to avoid going near government and military institutions.
The German Foreign Ministry also advised against journeys to Turkey's border with Syria and Iraq, particularly to the cities of Diyarbakir, Mardin, Cizre, Silopi and Nusaybin, and generally to the provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari.