Anzac Day 2022 - Gallipoli, Turkey

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Snapshot of service details

Service Anzac Day Dawn service, Anzac Commemorative Site and
Australian National service, Lone Pine Cemetery and New Zealand National service, Chunuk Bair.
Arrangements for 2022 The Australian Government continues to plan for the delivery of the Anzac Day commemorative services in Gallipoli, Turkey. Information about COVID-19 and international travel restrictions can be found at smartraveller.gov.au
Order of Service

Download the Dawn Service Order of Service (PDF 7.5 MB)

For the best viewing experience, please ensure you change the page view to ‘two-page’ and click to view the cover separately.

Date Saturday, 24 April - Sunday, 25 April 2022
Time

24 April 2022

The Anzac Commemorative site will be open to the public from 11:59 pm on 24 April

25 April 2022*
1:30 am: Pre-service program commences
5:00 am: Spirit of Place commences
5:30 am: Official Anzac Day Dawn service commences
10:00 am: Australian National service, Lone Pine
11:30 am: New Zealand National service,Chunuk Bair

*You will have to make a choice to attend either the Australian National service at Lone Pine or the New Zealand National service at Chunuk Bair as there is not enough time to attend both.

1:30 pm: Coach loading commences from Chunuk Bair.
Venue Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, Turkey
Weather The weather at Gallipoli is highly variable. The site is exposed to the elements and there is no permanent shelter. Severe wind-chill can result in temperatures being below freezing overnight on 24 to 25 April. During the day the temperature can be very hot. Strong winds and heavy rain have been experienced on site in previous years. Visitors should ensure they come prepared for these conditions.
Attendance passes

Attendance pass required. The online registration system is now available.

Visa requirements Passport holders — Check your visa requirements
Security Airport-style screening including restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels.
Important notes

An Australian National service will be held at Lone Pine Cemetery and a New Zealand National service at Chunuk Bair on the morning of 25 April after the Dawn Service. To access these sites, visitors should be prepared to walk a minimum of 8km during your time at the commemorations, mostly up steep hills.

In preparation for the Anzac commemorative services', infrastructure and technical equipment will be progressively installed at the commemorative sites in the period leading up to 25 April.
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Introduction

The Australian and New Zealand Governments jointly conduct the Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service on 25 April each year at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Turkey. This service takes place with the permission and support of the host nation, the Republic of Turkey. The commemorative sites at Gallipoli are the sovereign territory of the Turkish people and holding the annual Anzac Day commemorative services is only possible with the cooperation and generous assistance of the Turkish Government.

Over 75,000 Australians and New Zealanders served at Gallipoli between 25 April and 20 December 1915. Over 10,000 lost their lives. Many of these men were killed during the two most intense periods of fighting, in the week of the landing and in the August offensive that was launched to break the deadlock that had prevailed. Gallipoli was the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ introduction to war and though the campaign ended in defeat, the anniversary of its beginning quickly became, and has remained, Australia's and New Zealand’s principal day of commemoration.

Later in the war veterans of the campaign were distinguished by the brass Anzac 'A' badge worn over their battalion colour patch. To have served on Gallipoli remained a singular honour for the rest of the survivor's lives.

The Anzac Portal features information on some of the campaign’s most important aspects and significant themes; plus a virtual tour of the key Allied battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

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Register for an attendance pass

Similar to previous years, all visitors and tour guides planning to attend the Anzac Day commemorative service at the Anzac Commemorative Site on 25 April 2022 will be required to register for an attendance pass. Entry to the Anzac Day commemorative service will not be permitted without one.

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How to register as a visitor

Visit the registration attendance pass website for the Anzac Day commemorative service.

Updates regarding the registration and accreditation process will be made available on the Anzac Day 2022 DVA website when further information becomes available.

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Tour coach registration

All tour operators will need to register their coaches in advance through the online coach registration. The coach registration system will be available shortly.

See Traffic Arrangements for detailed information

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Security measures for visitors

If you are attending the Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 2022, please take note of the security measures that will be in place.

Security at the site is the responsibility of the Turkish authorities, who provide considerable military, jandarma, police and medical assistance to the commemorations.

  • Several checkpoints will be located across the Gallipoli Peninsula prior to accessing the Anzac Commemorative Site (ACS), Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. You will need to show your attendance pass and photographic identification, such as your passport or driver’s licence.
  • There will be airport-style screening with no liquids (+100ml), aerosols or gels permitted onto the sites (see the Security section in the FAQs for details on prohibited Items). These will be confiscated by Turkish authorities and will not be returned to you.
  • All visitors will be wrist banded after passing through security.
  • Any suspicious behaviour or references to illegal activities will not be tolerated and you may be refused entry to the sites.
  • The directions of the Turkish authorities and service officials must be adhered to at all times.
  • The removal of historical artefacts and items from the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site is strictly prohibited and carries severe penalties under Turkish law.
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COVID-19 conditions of entry

The general conditions of entry to Turkey were updated on 04 March 2022.

As per the Ministry of Interior General Directorate of Provincial Administration Circular, you no longer need to check-in to enter certain areas such as shopping malls, theatres, or football field pitches; and when using public transport such as buses, trains, and planes.

The following procedures and principles apply when entering Turkey as of 04 March 2022:

  • Entry to Turkey by air: quarantine is not required if you have an official certificate showing you have had at least two doses (single dose for Johnson & Johnson) of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or by Australia, and that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose; or those with a positive PCR test result taken on day 28 of the recovery in the last 6 months; or those who submit a negative PCR test result taken within the last 72 hours; or a negative rapid antigen test taken within the last 48 hours.
  • No documents will be required from people who enter Turkey through land, sea and railway border gates.
  • Children under the age of 12 will be exempted from PCR/Antigen test report and vaccination certificate applications when they enter the country.
  • The obligation to use a face mask is not required in open areas and closed places where social distancing can be applied and where appropriate ventilation conditions are available.
  • Face masks are necessary when social distancing cannot be ensured (with people unknown to you) and on all types of public transport vehicles such as buses, minibuses and shuttles. Face masks will be provided on all shuttles. Face masks and hand sanitiser will be provided on entry to the Anzac Commemorative Site.
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Getting to the Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli

The Gallipoli Peninsula is a 5 hour drive from Istanbul. The nearest towns to the commemorative sites are Eceabat (20km), Canakkale town centre (30km) and Gelibolu (45km), but there is no public transport available from these towns to the national park.

The services take place in the Gallipoli Campaign Historical Site, a protected area in a national park, which is an isolated, remote and exposed location with no permanent infrastructure, facilities or shelter.

How to get to the site

Most visitors attend the commemorations as part of a guided bus tour. Numerous tour providers in Australia and Turkey offer tours that incorporate the Dawn Service. We recommend that visitors travel to the commemorations as part of an organised tour arriving by coach. See Traffic Arrangements for further information.

Terrain

Visitors will be exposed to the elements in all weather conditions for the entire duration on-site. The terrain includes reasonable flat sealed roads, cobblestone paths, sloped and uneven gravel tracks and grassed areas (which can become slippery or muddy when wet) as well as very steep ungraded paths.

Standing requirements

Visitors will often need to stand and queue for long periods at times, for security screening to enter the commemorative site, as well as for the limited public amenities. If the site is nearing the safe capacity, visitors on the grassed areas will be asked to stand.

Walking requirements

There is a minimum walk of 8km at the commemorations, mostly up steep hills. Moving from ACS and to Lone Pine involves a walk of approximately 3.1km, including walking up the very steep Artillery Road from sea-level to the Lone Pine Cemetery on the ridge line. Artillery Road is unpaved and can be challenging (the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs or climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge). From Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair is a further 3.3km uphill, past numerous cemeteries and historic sites, which visitors will have an opportunity to view-en-route.

Available facilities

Very basic and limited facilities including limited temporary seating (at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair), lighting and portable toilets are available on-site for the period of the commemorations.

  • There are no cooking facilities on-site for the period of the commemorations so we recommend that attendees bring adequate supplies of non-perishable food.
  • Limited rubbish disposal facilities are available and where possible, visitors are asked to take their rubbish with them.
  • There is no running water or power on-site, except for those in use for the services.
  • Mobile phone coverage is available at the commemorative sites, but there are no recharging facilities.

Medical support

Limited medical support is provided by local Turkish health authorities from the evening of 24 April to the afternoon of 25 April. Visitors should ensure they bring their own prescription medication and basic first aid supplies, including non-prescription pain relief medication and Band-Aids. The medical support provided is equipped for medical emergencies and is not designed to treat minor ailments.

More information

You can find more general information on what to expect and before you depart.

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Traffic Arrangements

Traffic management is the responsibility of and managed by the Turkish Authorities. Please follow all directions provided by them.

Road closures

Temporary road closures and traffic restrictions are likely to be in effect at various times on 24–25 April around the Gallipoli peninsula, at the discretion of the Turkish authorities. These may restrict access to commemorative sites, cemeteries and other locations in the Helles and Anzac sectors.

Access to the Anzac Commemorative Site is expected to commence at 11:59 pm on 24 April and cease at 3:30 am on 25 April. We encourage visitors to be at the Anzac Commemorative Site well before the road closure to ensure you can gain access to the site.

Private vehicles

We strongly encourage visitors to travel to Gallipoli as part of an organised tour. Private vehicle parking is not permitted near the Anzac Commemorative Site.

Private vehicle car parking will be available only at Mimoza Park from 11:00 pm. Shuttles will be available to transport visitors from Mimoza Park to Beach Cemetery. Visitors will walk approximately 1km from Beach Cemetery to the Southern entry of the Anzac Commemorative Site.

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Seating

Different seating is available at each of the Gallipoli commemorative sites. Large groups might be unable to sit together. You should make sure that you have your guide's details in case you are separated.

Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site 

The ACS is a custom designed site which provides for amphitheatre style viewing of the Dawn Service. Some areas may have restricted views, however a large screen is available to view the service.

There is no general seating but there will be limited accessible seating for those who require it. Please see the information on accessible seating below.

Visitors will be located on the grassed area and it is advisable to bring a plastic sheet or similar as protection from the damp ground overnight. No folding chairs or temporary seating are allowed to be brought into the site.

Australian National Service, Lone Pine

There will be limited temporary seating available at the Lone Pine service. This will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors should locate themselves in the vacant areas and along the sides out of respect for those buried within the cemetery.

For those who registered for accessible seating at the ACS, there will be a designated accessible seating area. Out of respect, please do not rest on the graves.

New Zealand National Service, Chunuk Bair

The Chunuk Bair site is small with limited seating and standing room. It may mean that not all visitors will be able to directly view the service. There will be an overflow site at Hill 261 for those who cannot access the official site. Out of respect, please do not rest on the graves.

Accessible seating

Limited assistance will be available for visitors who have a health or accessibility requirement. You can request accessible seating when you apply for your attendance pass. Visitors requiring accessible seating are able to have one carer or companion with them to provide assistance. Unfortunately due to limited accessible seating, it is not possible to extend this service to others travelling with their groups. Visitors with an accessibility requirement will need to alert staff on arrival at the ACS.

Accessible seating includes:

  • shuttle transfer from ACS to Lone Pine Cemetery or Chunuk Bair after the Dawn Service
  • access to a limited number of dedicated accessible toilets.

Accessible seating does not include:

  • personalised or dedicated one-to-one assistance
  • provision of carers, wheelchair pushers, or physical assistance with seating or embarking and disembarking from vehicles
  • wheelchairs, walkers or mobility aids — any visitor requiring this assistance must bring their own
  • oxygen or personalised medications
  • specialised support for 'high care' individuals
  • support travelling to, or from, your accommodation.

You should consult with your doctor regarding the conditions you are likely to experience on site to ensure you can safely travel.

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Wreath-laying

Invited official representatives will lay wreaths during the official part of the services. Official public wreath laying will not occur at the Dawn Service.

If you wish to lay a wreath you will have the opportunity to do so at the conclusion of the official program and official wreath-laying at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair commemorative services sites.

You will need to supply your own wreath and carry, care and transport it to the service. There are no facilities or arrangements for storage or transport of personal wreaths at the sites.

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Order of Service


Download the Anzac Day 2022 Gallipoli Dawn Service Order of Service (PDF 7.5 MB)
 - For the best viewing experience, please ensure you change the page view to ‘two-page’ and click to view the cover separately.

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Guides, apps and other event information

Gallipoli

The Anzac Portal contains a range of historical information and walking tours for visitors travelling to Gallipoli. You can download MP3 audio guides of walking tours on the Gallipoli peninsula.

The ABC's Gallipoli the First Day Centenary Edition app provides an overview of the Gallipoli campaign, eye witness accounts and commentary.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

The CWGC war graves app provides information about the cemeteries around the world and allows you to search for the location of an individual's war grave. Visit CWGC to download the app.

If you want to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing, you can consult the CWGC website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling to Turkey. Limited assistance may be available on the day.

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More Information

You can find more general information on what to expect and before you depart home.

Australian Consulate, Canakkale Turkey
Tel: +90 286 218 1724
Email: Canakkale.Consulate [at] dfat.gov.au

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra Australia
Tel: +61 2 6289 1133
Regional callers: 1800 838 372
Email: commemorations [at] dva.gov.au

Department of Foreign Affairs - Emergency helpline
Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service: 
Tel: 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost) or
Tel: +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia
SMS: +61 421 269 080

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