Security Alert: Update on Impact of Demonstrations Throughout Turkiye, Continued Temporary Closure of US Consulate Adana – U.S. Mission Turkiye

October 18, 2023 Location: ·     Throughout Turkiye ·     U.S. Consulate Adana Event: ·       The U.S. Consulate in Adana will remain closed to the public until further notice. U.S. citizens can reschedule their appointments to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. ·       Large demonstrations related to events in Israel and Gaza are expected throughout Turkiye for the next several weeks.  Any …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

Location: U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Event:   The Turkish National Police (TNP) has informed U.S. Consulate General Istanbul about a scheduled gathering outside the Consulate on Wednesday July 26 at 11 a.m. to protest U.S. policies. While we do not anticipate any threat of violence from the protest, the TNP will be limiting vehicle traffic on …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: National Elections in Türkiye

Location:  Nationwide Event:   Türkiye’s national elections are scheduled to occur Sunday, May 14.  If no presidential candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote on May 14, there will be a run-off election on May 28.  Political rallies and other large gatherings are common throughout Türkiye during the electoral period.  As with all large gatherings, there is a …

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Travel Advisory: Türkiye – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

October 4, 2022 Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information. Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism. Country Summary: Terrorist groups …

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Natural Disaster Alert: Southeast and Central Mediterranean Earthquake, Türkiye (Second Message) and Heavy Snow

February 6, 2023 Event: This morning a large 7.8 earthquake occurred in the Turkish Southeast, near Gaziantep, affecting several provinces and the broader Central Mediterranean region. Large aftershocks continue and are likely through the coming days. U.S. Citizens should avoid travel to areas affected by the earthquake and, if already there, we advise not to enter …

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Southeast and Central Mediterranean Earthquake, Turkiye

Event:  Southeast and Central Mediterranean Earthquake, Türkiye (February 6, 2023) There was an earthquake in the Turkish Southeast and Central Mediterranean regions with an epicenter in Gaziantep.  Individuals in need of immediate, emergency assistance should call Turkish authorities using the phone number 112. We suggest all citizens avoid damaged areas and do not enter damaged buildings …

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Security Alert: U.S. Mission Türkiye

January 30, 2023 Location:  Istanbul Event: UPDATE – the U.S. government cautions its citizens of possible imminent retaliatory attacks by terrorists against churches, synagogues, and diplomatic missions in Istanbul or other places Westerners frequent, especially in the Beyoglu, Galata, Taksim, and Istiklal areas. Turkish authorities are investigating this matter. This message updates the January 27, 2023 security …

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COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: December 7, 2022 The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers . Check the CDC website for additional information and  Frequently Asked Questions .   Entry and Exit Requirements Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? [No] Turkish Airlines: Türkiye …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Earthquake Drill on Saturday, November 12 

The Government of Türkiye has announced that an earthquake “Duck-Cover-Hold” drill will be held across the country on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 18:57hrs.  The exercise is intended to promote emergency preparedness and response, and the Government of Türkiye strongly recommends participation, especially for those present in high-risk environments such as apartment complexes, residential areas, workplaces, and shopping centers …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week

Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022. Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states voter  registration  and ballot request deadlines for the November 2022 are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: US Embassy Ankara Relocation

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is moving to its new location and will be closed for routine services (passport, consular report of birth abroad and notary services) between August 22nd and August 31st. The American Citizen Services unit will only be available for emergencies during this time. Embassy Ankara will reopen for routine services at …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ankara

Location:  Throughout Turkey   Event:  Throughout the month of June, various events supporting LGBTQI+ rights are scheduled to take place, and some may draw large crowds.  Authorities could deem such gatherings as illegal demonstrations.  Any gathering or demonstration, even those intended to be peaceful, could escalate and turn confrontational. Actions to Take: Avoid areas around mass …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mission Turkey

Location: Ulus Square, Altindag Ankara, Turkey, other cities countrywide Event: A large demonstration protesting yesterday’s court decision to sentence Osman Kavala is anticipated to take place in and around Ulus Square this evening, April 26, 2022.  The Turkish National Police (TNP) has used measures including water cannons, tear gas, and non-lethal projectiles to control crowds …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot !

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!   Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Turkey

November 2, 2021 Location: Worldwide Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling …

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Newsletter

August 27, 2021 Featured in this issue: Updated Turkey Travel Advisory New Turkish COVID-19 Restrictions beginning September 6, 2021 Bringing a Dog into the United States Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport Renewing your U.S. Passport by Mail COVID-19 Entry Requirements for the United States COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Turkey Foreigners …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

NEW INFORMATION: Restrictions Lifted: On Sunday, June 27, 2021, the Government of Turkey (GoT) announced that all restrictions will be lifted, effective July 1, 2021 at 5 a.m. Groceries, restaurants, and other establishments will be fully open. Mask requirements remain in effect. Please refer to the Ministry of Interior (MOI) circular for more information. Updated Flight Restrictions: On Monday, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

Location: Turkey Event: The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the U.S. Consulate in Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency in Izmir will be closed for normal operations today June 18, 2021 in observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday. Individuals who were previously scheduled for …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

New Information: Updated Curfew: Effective, June 1, 2021, Turkey’s current nationwide curfew is between 22:00 and 05:00 from Monday through Saturday with a full Sunday curfew, starting at 22:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday. Updated COVID-Testing Requirements for U.S. Citizens Entering Turkey: Effective June 1, 2021 the Government of Turkey (GoT) has announced new travel restrictions …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – Direct Return to the United States with Certain Expired U.S. Passports

May 25, 2021 Location:  Turkey Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. You qualify for this …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

May 18, 2021 Location: U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul, Turkey Event: A demonstration is expected to take place at 11:00 am today near the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.  The police may implement traffic restrictions around the U.S. Consulate General from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and access to the U.S. Consulate General may be suspended. Actions to Take: …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

NEW UPDATES: On April 26, 2021, the Government of Turkey (GoT) announced additional restrictions and closures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including a full-time curfew throughout ALL of Turkey, starting at 19:00 on Thursday, April 29, 2021, and ending at 05:00 on Monday, May 17, 2021, encompassing weekdays and weekends. The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, U.S. Consulate General …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

New Updates: On April 21, the Government of Turkey (GoT) announced an extension of this weekend’s COVID-19 curfew restrictions over the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day holiday. The extended weekend curfew will begin today, Thursday, April 22, at 7 PM and continue until 5 AM on Monday, April 26. Actions to Take: Carry identity and …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

New Updates: On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the Government of Turkey announced partial restrictions for the month of Ramadan and Bayram April 14-May 17, 2021. These restrictions will be reviewed and updated in two weeks if necessary. All other restrictions previously announced by the Government of Turkey remain in effect. Weekday Curfews: Monday through Friday …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

NEW UPDATES: On Monday, March 29, 2021, the Government of Turkey (GoT) announced its latest update regarding COVID-19 and the status of each of Turkey’s 81 provinces. Provinces are still divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange), and very high (red) based on infection and vaccination rates.  To view the …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update 

March 3, 2021 Location: Turkey  New Updates: Previously listed curfew times for regions in the high and very high categories have been corrected under “curfew.” The Government of Turkey (GoT) has announced the following measures for all 81 provinces effective immediately: On March 1, the Government of Turkey announced a four-tier system on local COVID-19 related restrictions. …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update 

March 2, 2021 Location: Turkey  New Updates: The Government of Turkey (GoT) has announced the following measures for all 81 provinces effective immediately: On March 1, the Government of Turkey announced a four-tier system on local COVID-19 related restrictions. Provinces are now divided into 4 different risk groups: low (blue), medium (yellow), high (orange), and very …

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Health Alert: Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs  Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 and Related Restrictions – Update

December 21, 2020 Location: Turkey New Updates: Turkey will impose a four (4) day curfew from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021.  The previously announced curfews and bans on gathering in public places remain in effect. Effective immediately, all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Denmark, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey December 14, 2020 Location: Istanbul, Turkey Event: A demonstration is expected to take place this afternoon near the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.  The police may implement traffic restrictions around the U.S. Consulate General from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm today and access to the U.S. Consulate General may be …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

December 1, 2020  Location: Turkey  New Updates: The Government of Turkey has announced the following measures for all 81 provinces will go into effect at 9 p.m. (21:00), Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Curfew  Weeknight curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, effective Monday through Friday. Weekend curfew from 9 p.m. on Friday continuing …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update

November 18, 2020 Location: Turkey Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update New Updates:  The Government of Turkey announced the following measures to combat COVID-19 in Turkey, which will go into effect at 20:00 on Friday, November 20, 2020, in all provinces, until further notice: Individuals age 65 and over are only allowed outside …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Outlook November 2020 Newsletter

American Outlook U.S. Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey November 2020 Newsletter Featured in this issue: 1. Limited In-Person Appointment Availability – Consider Mailing-in Your Passport Application 2. General COVID-19 Reminders 3. Alternative Notarial Services 4. Stay in Touch with the Embassy 5. Points of Contact and General Information 1. Limited In-Person Appointment Availability – Consider …

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Security Alert: U.S. Mission in Turkey

Ankara, Turkey October 23, 2020 Location: Turkey  Event: The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where …

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UPDATE: Message for U.S. Citizens: Drop Off Your Ballots No Later Than October 15

In our previous message, we recommended that voters drop off their ballots to the Embassy or Consulates by October 1, to allow sufficient processing time between the Department of State and the U.S. Postal Service. If you have not yet returned your ballot, we recommend considering the following: Actions To Take: If allowed by your …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

September 29, 2020 If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places;  same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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American Citizen Services U.S. Mission Turkey September 2020 Newsletter

American Citizen Services   U.S. Mission Turkey   September 2020 Newsletter     Featured in this issue: Watch our New Overseas Voting Informational Video! Update on U.S. Consular Services in Turkey CDC Tips for Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic Mandatory HES Code for Domestic Travels in Turkey Quarantine Requirements for Turkey and the United States IRS: Important Things All Extension Filers Should Remember IRS Deadline to Submit …

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Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey

September 10, 2020 Any new items will be listed at the top of the message. New Item On September 8, the Turkish Interior Ministry issued a notice to the public regarding new COVID restrictions/guidance.  Violators will be issued fines. The new restrictions/guidance are as follows: Face masks must be worn in public (e.g. streets, gardens, workplaces, etc.) …

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Travel Advisory:Turkey: Level 3: Reconsider Travel T H O

August 26, 2020 The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Turkey on August 26, 2020.  The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in Turkey. Turkey: Level 3: Reconsider Travel T H O Reconsider travel to Turkey due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Watch our New Overseas Voting Informational Video!

August 24, 2020 U.S. Mission Turkey is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to watch our new Overseas Voting Informational Video. The video, which is hosted by our Voting Assistance Officers, provides key information about absentee voting and answers the questions we received from U.S. citizens in Turkey about voting overseas. You can find a link …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Join Us for an Overseas Voting Informational Video, Submit your Voting Questions to our Consular Voting Assistance Officer

August 14, 2021  U.S. Mission Turkey is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to join our Consular Voting Assistance Officers for an Overseas Voting Informational Video that will provide key information about absentee voting and answer your questions about voting overseas. Please submit all questions about absentee voting via email to VoteIstanbul@state.gov by Tuesday, August 18th, at 8PM. …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – July 30

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey – Update This is a weekly message reminding Americans in Turkey about COVID-19 related restrictions and available resources. Any new items will be listed at the top of the message. New Item: Turkish officials stress the importance of strictly following the social distancing rules, wear a mask and obey hygiene measures …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – July 24

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey This is a weekly message reminding Americans in Turkey about COVID-19 related restrictions and available resources. Any new items will be listed at the top of the message. New Item:  The pandemic restrictions for people over the age of 65 and children below the age of 18 only applies to Turkish citizens and residents; it …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – July 2

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey New Updates: American citizens planning traveling into and out of Turkey with stops in the European Union (EU) should check specific country restrictions on the EU website: https://reopen.europa.eu/en . Actions to Take: Follow local restrictions on curfew. Follow social distancing public health recommendations. Carry identity and travel documents with …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 26

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey New Updates: The Government of Turkey has announced a weekend curfew for all 81 provinces during the following dates and times: – Between 09:30 and 15:00 on June 27 – Between 09:30 and 18:30 on June 28 The Ministry of Interior stated that those who had previously purchased intercity travel tickets (plane, bus, train, ferry, etc.) …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 19

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey New Updates: The Government of Turkey has announced weekend curfews for all 81 provinces during the following dates and times: -Between 09:00 and 15:00 on June 20 -Between 09:30 and 15:00 on June 27 -Between 09:30 and 18:30 on June 28 The Ministry of Interior stated that those who had previously purchased intercity travel tickets …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 18

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey    New Updates: On 17 June, the government announced that wearing of masks in public is mandatory in Ankara, Bursa, and Istanbul.  Those who do not wear a mask will be fined. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism now has a website showing hotels, restaurants, and tours and transfer vehicles which are …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 15

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey New Updates: On June 11, Turkey announced opening the majority of its international air, land, and sea borders. The border with Iran remains closed. Turkish Airlines has upcoming direct flights to the U.S. departing from Istanbul and flying direct to the following cities (all flights are subject to …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 12th

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey  New Updates: International flights have resumed, mostly into Europe. U.S. citizens in transit can book these flights on routes back to the U.S. starting immediately, as long as they continue to meet the Schengen and U.K. exceptions as passengers in transit. Turkish Airlines has announced flights to the United …

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Event: Message to U.S. Citizens – New Planned Direct Flights to the United States

June 6, 2020 Location: Turkey   Health Alert: COVID-19 and Information on Direct Flights to the United States  New Updates: On June 10th Turkish Airlines is offering a direct flight from Istanbul direct to Los Angeles (LAX) on flight TK4909.  The flight departs June 10 from Istanbul (IST) at 02:35 and arrives in Los Angeles (LAX) at 06:15. Please book your tickets directly at the Turkish Airlines website  or call center (444-0849 or 0850-333-0849). Please arrive …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 5

June 5, 2020 Location: Turkey Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey New Updates The weekend curfew announced by the Turkish Interior Ministry which would have covered 15 provinces 7-8 June, has been cancelled by President Erdogan.  Everyone is encouraged to strictly observe the mask-distance-cleaning rules guidance. Turkish Airlines has resumed domestic flights and plans to …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – June 1

June 1, 2020 Location: Turkey Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey  New Updates: On June 4th Turkish Airlines is offering a flight from Istanbul direct to Toronto on flight TK4943.  It is available now for booking.  U.S. citizen passengers must stay in the transit area in the Toronto airport, and must present their direct onward tickets when …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – May 13

May 13, 2020 Health Event: Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions New Updates Please click on the link below for a new video message for U.S. citizens in Turkey, covering the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, commercial flight options to the United States from Turkey, local restrictions, and specific services our consular sections are able to offer. …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 17

April 17 Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions    New Updates   Turkish Airlines has announced three direct flights to the U.S. departing next week.  The destinations are Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. We understand that Turkish Airlines is not yet accepting reservations; we will send another alert as …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 14

April 14, 2020     Location: Turkey    Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions    New Updates     Last night, the Turkish government announced that there will be another curfew the weekend of April 17-19 in the 31 municipalities included in last weekend’s order. We do not know yet how this will impact weekend travel. …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 13

April 13, 2020     Location: Turkey    Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions    New Updates     If you are not prepared to remain in Turkey for the foreseeable future, we urge you to book commercial travel now.   The Wednesday, April 15, Belavia Airways flight will depart at 4:15 am from Istanbul, which will allow onward travel to the …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 12

April 12, 2020     Location: Turkey    Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions    New Updates     The Wednesday, April 15, Belavia Airways flight will depart at 4:15am from Istanbul, allowing onward travel to the United States without requiring an overnight stay in Minsk.  Belavia will also use a larger airplane for the April 15 flight to accommodate …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 11

April 11, 2020    Location: Turkey Event:  Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions    New Updates On April 10, the Government of Turkey announced a 48-hour curfew restricting persons in 31 provinces in Turkey from going out onto the street, with extremely narrow exceptions.  This order remains in effect through 11:59 PM Sunday, …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – March 24

March 24, 2020 Location: Turkey  Event: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Issues Level 3 Health Notice for Turkey   On March 23, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Health Notice for Turkey  warning travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to Turkey. Please note the following key points:   Turkey is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of a  respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) . CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – March 22

March 22, 2020 Location: Turkey Event: Turkish Airlines to Reduce International Commercial Routes from March 27, 2020 On March 22, 2020, Turkish Airlines announced that international flights, except to New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Hong Kong, Addis Ababa, and Moscow, will be suspended from March 27, 2020. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey – March 21

March 21, 2020 Location: Turkey Event: Turkey Suspends Additional Flights and Restricts Entry to Those Who Have Recently Visited 68 Countries  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make …

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Health Alert – Mission Turkey

March 20, 2020 Location: Turkey Event: Additional COVID-19 Measures The government of Turkey has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission, Turkey

March 17, 2020 Event:  Effective March 18,  U.S. Embassy AnkaraU.S. Consulate IstanbulU.S. Consulate Adana , and U.S. Consular Agency Izmir have suspended routine consular services.  American Citizens Services including passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance continue to be available in Ankara and Istanbul.  Please visit our websites for additional information. The government of Turkey has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  On …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 Presidential proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov/ . The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens who have been in the Schengen zone in the last …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

January 29, 2020 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey.  Demonstrations have the potential to become violent. The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul has received information about a possible demonstration at the U.S. Consulate today, which is …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

December 2, 2019 Location:  Turkey, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Turkey remain heightened due to the existence of terrorist groups, inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe, who continue plotting possible attacks on Turkey.  Terrorists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, …

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Earthquake Alert – U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey (September 26, 2019)

Location: Istanbul, Turkey Event:  The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul received initial press reports of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Istanbul.  There are no reports of casualties or significant structural damage at this time.  Information on affected areas is available from Turkish authorities in English from the AFAD Website . Actions to Take in the Event of Additional …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Izmir Consular Agency Open

Izmir Consular Agency is now open and has appointments available for passport applications, reports of birth abroad, or notarial services. For all these services, please make an appointment by emailing izmir@state.gov . Assistance: U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul +90-212-335-9000 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/   U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov U.S. Consulate, Adana +90-322-455-4100 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir Izmir@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 …

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Routine Message – U.S Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

Location:  Istinye neighborhood, Sariyer district, Istanbul, Turkey Event: The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul will have limited staff today, March 29, after 3:00PM due to expected road closures associated with a political rally in the vicinity. Assistance: U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul +90-212-335-9000 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/   U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov U.S. Consulate, Adana +90-322-455-4100 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir Izmir@state.gov State …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Country Information Update

The Department of State’s country information page for Turkey has been updated, with new information on protests and gatherings in the “Safety and Security” section.  Please regularly review this advice. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Turkey.html Assistance: U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul +90-212-335-9000 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/ U.S. Consulate, Adana +90-322-455-4100 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir Izmir@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs1 -888-407-4747 or …

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Emergency Alert – Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Although there has been a lapse in appropriations, visa services and American citizen services will be available at U.S. Mission Consular Sections in Turkey. Visa services will continue at U.S. Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul. American citizen services will continue at U.S. Embassy Ankara, Consulate General Istanbul, and Consulate Adana. For further detailed information …

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Holiday Security Alert

Location:  Turkey, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Turkey.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. Actions …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Move of the Istanbul Airport

The Government of Turkey has announced the opening of a new Istanbul airport as early as October 29, 2018.  Flight operations from Ataturk International (IST) will be transferred to the new airport.  Associated flight delays or travel disruptions are possible.  Please contact your airline for details and updates. Assistance: U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consulate …

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Weather Alert in Western Provinces of Turkey bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Seas

Weather Alert – U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey Ankara, Turkey September 29, 2018 Location: Western Provinces of Turkey bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Seas Event: The Turkish State Meteorological Service has issued high wind and high rain warnings covering western provinces of Turkey bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Seas from Saturday, September 29 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. Consult and carefully review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov . We recommend that you return your voted paper ballot to your local election officials for the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Newsletter for U.S. Citizens (August 2018-American Outlook)

American Outlook American Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey August 2018 Newsletter Featured in this issue: Personal Security While Abroad Voting in U.S. Elections from Overseas New IRS Mobile Phone App Ordering Transcripts and Copies of Tax Returns Expiring ITIN? Renew Soon to Avoid Refund Delays Holidays Contact Information You may visit our website at …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location: In front of U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Ataturk Boulevard, in Kavaklidere neighborhood. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey today, August 3, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m.   A union opposing U.S. sanctions on Turkey announced the protest on social media. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location: Various locations throughout Turkey  Event: Numerous campaign and political gatherings will take place leading up to Presidential and Parliamentary elections on June 24. Political parties or other groups may announce specific locations and dates of gatherings via traditional or social media, and gatherings may also occur with little advance warning. The U.S. Embassy and …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location:  Throughout Turkey Event:  Potential demonstrations against U.S. policy The upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14 may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. The U.S. Embassy and its Consulates are aware that media sources have reported on several planned protests throughout Turkey on the afternoon …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location:  Throughout Turkey Event:  Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day (Labor Day) on May 1, 2018.  Historically, political parties, labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations stage large rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to mark the national holiday. U.S. citizens should expect: increased police presence in traditional gathering places in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Newsletter for U.S. Citizens (April 2018 – American Outlook)

American Outlook American Citizen Services United States Mission, Turkey April 2018 Newsletter Featured in this quarter’s issue: The State of Emergency U.S. Passport Execution Fee Increase to $35 Personal Data and Emergency Contact Page of U.S. Passports Tax Time Guide: IRS Publication 17 helps taxpayers with 2017 taxes IRS: Unclaimed 2014 refunds worth $1.1 billion …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Adana

Adana, Turkey February 23, 2018 Location: The intersection of 62003 Sokak and Ordu Caddesi streets, Resatbey neighborhood, Adana. Gatherings may occur in other locations throughout Adana. Event: A protest is slated to begin on February 24, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid those areas during the demonstration. Actions to Take: …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara

Location: In the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, Kavaklidere district, in Ankara, Turkey. Event: A group that calls itself “People’s Liberation Party” has announced a demonstration, expected to beginning at 2:00 p.m on February 15, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.  The demonstration intends to protest U.S. policy. Actions to Take:       …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to How We Communicate Safety and Security Information to U.S. Citizens

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use.  Also on January 10, the Department will issue a Travel Advisory for Turkey, in the improved format, which replaces the Travel Warning for Turkey issued on September 28, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey December 20, 2017 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that today at 11:00 a.m., a worker’s union will hold a small protest in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests, especially those in the area of the U.S. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 18, 2017

Adana, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 18, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that a group has announced a protest for Monday, December 18 to protest the U.S. government’s statement on Jerusalem. The protest will start at 12:30 at Inonu Park in Adana. The group will later …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul 

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul  December 13, 2017 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that today at 2:00 p.m., a group of approximately 300 or more people will have a protest in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, December 10, 2017

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens demonstrations are expected to take place at U.S. Consulate Adana and in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Force Base near Ataturk Caddesi in Adana over the weekend.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas during the protests. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in upcoming days in major cities throughout Turkey, including in the vicinity of U.S. diplomatic facilities.  Protests may occur spontaneously and have the potential to become violent.  Due to protest activity, the U.S. Embassy Ankara, U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey, following the U.S. announcement of a new policy with regard to the status of Jerusalem. Demonstrations have the potential to become violent. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Diplomatic Facilities in Turkey

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey, starting in the early evening of December 6, 2017.   We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all protests, especially those in the area of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the …

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Europe Travel Alert, November 16, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, September 24

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, September 24 22 September 2017 U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the Ugur Mumcu Square (Train Station Square) in Adana, at approximately 15:00 on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Halklarin …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, September 16, 2017

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey September 15, 2017 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens a demonstration is expected to take place in the vicinity of Incirlik AFB on Ataturk Caddesi in Adana at 1300 on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The Patriotic Party’s (Vatan Partisi) youth arm, Leading Youths (Oncu Genclik), …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul on September 11, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration is being organized outside U.S. Consulate General Istanbul this afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. Demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and sometimes violent.  We advise U.S. citizens to avoid large political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and depart the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Swan Park, Ankara on Saturday, August 5

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a group called “Justice for Women” has announced that it will gather for a demonstration in Swan Park (Kugulu Park) in Ankara on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Planned for Sunday in Yenikapi Park

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that groups are organizing a demonstration for 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 in Istanbul’s Yenikapi Park.  The demonstrators will protest recent security incidents at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, July 14, 2017

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that the Anatolian Youth Union (AGD) has announced a demonstration in Adana at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.  AGD has announced that participants will gather at the Adana Asri Cemetery at 6 p.m. on July 14, 2017.  The demonstrators will then proceed eastward, travelling past …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul Consulate General Resumption of Normal Operations on July 14, 2017

The incident at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul has concluded.  Normal operations have resumed at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey asks U.S. citizens to contact family members who may be concerned about your welfare or whereabouts if an incident occurs.  Review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incident at U.S. Consulate General

Turkish authorities and U.S. Consulate General Istanbul security personnel are responding to a potential security incident at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.   At this time, we urge U.S. citizens to avoid the Consulate General and the surrounding area. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey asks U.S. citizens to contact family members who may be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Commemorations of July 15th Democracy and Freedoms Day

The U.S. Mission to Turkey informs U.S. citizens that on Saturday, July 15, 2017, and the preceding days, government and non-government groups may stage large commemorations, such as rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to commemorate Democracy and Freedoms Day.  The national holiday marks the anniversary of the July …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: “March for Justice” Rally in Maltepe District

On Sunday, July 9th, starting at 5:00 p.m., a political rally to mark the end of the “March for Justice” from Ankara will take place in the vicinity of Dragos Park and the Tuzlaspor stadium in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of Istanbul. Organizers predict a sizeable turnout of over one million people for the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on July 2 for Trans Pride Week

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, July 2 demonstrators will gather in the vicinity of Taksim Square/Istiklal to celebrate Trans Pride Week starting at approximately 5pm. This year, Turkish authorities have not authorized any gatherings to mark the occasion, and there may be a heavy police presence and counter demonstrations in or near the gathering places. U.S. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations for LBGT Pride Week

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that this evening, June 25, demonstrators will gather in the vicinity of Taksim Square/Istiklal to celebrate LGBT Pride Week starting after 5pm. This year, gatherings to mark the occasion have not been permitted, and there may be a heavy police presence and counter demonstrations in or near …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Presence in Sisli and Mediciyekoy Districts of Istanbul in Response to Potential Terrorist Thre

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Presence in Sisli and Mediciyekoy Districts of Istanbul in Response to Potential Terrorist Threat June 16, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul would like to inform U.S. citizens of a heightened Turkish security presence in the Mecidiyekoy district of Istanbul, especially in the vicinity …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Workers’ Day Gatherings on Monday, May 1, 2017

  The U.S. Mission to Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2017.  Historically, political parties, labor unions and other non-governmental organizations stage large rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to mark the national holiday.   In the past, these gatherings have created …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, April 22

U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Atatürk Park at 17:30 on April 22, 2017. The Furkan Foundation will hold the demonstration and press statement in opposition to the cancellation of a religious program to celebrate Prophet Muhammed Week and holy nights. Authorities are expecting approximately 300-500 …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update – Demonstrations Expected in Istanbul between April 21-23

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that this weekend, April 21-23, continued protest activity in the wake of the referendum vote is likely to occur.  Demonstrations planned throughout Istanbul as are expected to draw larger numbers of people due to the weekend holiday and favorable weather conditions.  Demonstrations protesting the referendum result are scheduled …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Front of U.S. Embassy on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00p.m.

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that various groups have announced that they will demonstrate in front of U.S. Embassy Ankara on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m.  Another group announced it will meet in the Kizilay area of Ankara at 12:00p.m., and then will walk in a group to the U.S. Embassy.  Embassy Ankara …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected Near Consulate General Istanbul on Saturday, April 8, at 12:00p.m.

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) has called for a demonstration in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General on April 8 at 12:00 p.m. to protest recent U.S. military air strikes in Syria. Although expected to be peaceful, the U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning Update

March 28, 2017 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the travel warning for Turkey has been updated.  The text of the updated travel warning appears below and can be found on the Mission Turkey webpage and the Department of State’s travel webpage : U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey.  Carefully consider the need …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Political Gatherings, Rallies and Demonstrations

Numerous large gatherings and rallies, many of a political nature, are expected to be held throughout Turkey in late March and April.  U.S. Mission Turkey recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all gatherings due to the potential for violence or personal injury.  Specific locations and dates of these gatherings are being announced via traditional and social …

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Routine Message: Aviation Security Enhancement

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States. These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports, to include Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned Today in Fatih District at Sarachane Park

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul – March 18, 2017 Demonstrations are being planned in Istanbul’s Fatih district at Sarachane Park this afternoon at approximately 1500 hours to protest airstrikes near Aleppo, Syria.  This demonstration is expected to be peaceful, but also likely to involve anti-Western/American sentiment and could possibly inspire additional demonstrations throughout Istanbul with little or …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara recommends that U.S. citizens maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness during the upcoming March 17-21 Nevruz holidays. Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year which also marks the beginning of spring.  Nevruz has both political and social …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Women’s Day Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that gatherings are expected to take place throughout Turkey on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Embassy is aware that groups have announced rallies at the following times and locations.  Times and locations are subject to change, and the list is not comprehensive of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Sports Arena Area Road Closures on March 7, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware of road closures in the vicinity of Ankara Sports Arena in Ulus, Ankara, commencing at 11:00 a.m.  The closures are due to a referendum campaign event which will begin at 5:00 p.m. and to be attended by President Erdogan.  The event is expected to last …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Sports Arena Justice and Developments Party (AKP) Referendum Campaign

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that Justice and Developments Party (AKP) has announced its first referendum campaign event to be held at Ankara Sports Arena in Ulus on February 25th in Ankara.  40,000 people are expected to participate. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 13 Demonstration by the HDP

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. Citizens that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ‎will hold a political demonstration at the party’s Yuregir headquarters building, located near the Asri Graveyard south of the D-400 highway.  The demonstration is set to begin at 19:00 today, February 13, and is in opposition to constitutional reforms. Even gatherings …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana

February 8 Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration around Ataturk Park in Adana on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 between 1630 and 1830. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. We advise U.S. citizens to exercise …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests Near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that there is increased Turkish National Police presence around the Embassy in response to possible anti-American protests near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday afternoon, February 03, 2017. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will only offer emergency services January 11, 2017

Due to inclement weather, on Tuesday, January 11th, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only. All scheduled consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, please schedule …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing operations in Gaziantep

Consulate Adana warns U.S. citizens of current police operations against armed fugitives in Gaziantep City. Consulate Adana recommends that U.S. citizens remain indoors until the situation is resolved. U.S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, to remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and to monitor local news for …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will only offer emergency services January 10, 2017

Due to inclement weather, on Tuesday, January 10th, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only. All scheduled consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, please schedule …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Planned Near the Turkish Parliament Building in Ankara January 9, 2017

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that several organizations have announced a protest today, January 9, at the Dikmen entrance of the Republic of Turkey Parliament building in Ankara.  The protest is due to begin at 12:30 p.m. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S Consulate General Istanbul will be closed tomorrow, January 9, 2017, due to inclement weather

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will be closed tomorrow, January 9th, due to inclement weather.  All consular services including visa appointments and American Citizen Service appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), and notaries are cancelled.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens will be provided.   To reschedule a passport, notary or CRBA appointment, …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Izmir January 5, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of a reported explosion near the courthouse in Bayrakli, Izmir.  The Embassy advises that U.S. citizens avoid the area at this time. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to conduct attacks in areas where U.S. citizens and expatriates reside or frequent.  U.S. citizens …

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U.S. Consulate General Istanbul: Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Operations in Ortakoy

Security operations are still ongoing in the aftermath of the January 1st gunfire attack at Reina nightclub in Ortakoy in Istanbul. U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place and to limit movements to an absolute minimum.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Istanbul to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Gunfire and Casualties near Reina nightclub in Ortakoy

January 1, 2017 There are reports of gunfire near Reina nightclub in Ortakoy in Istanbul.  Multiple casualties  have been reported. U.S. citizens should avoid the area. We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Turkey to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety. The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Mersin

U.S. Consulate Adana, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Mersin December 22, 2016 The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will take place in Mersin on Saturday, December 24 beginning at 12 noon. The demonstration is against recent terror attacks in Turkey and will begin at Tevfik Sirri Gur …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Holiday and New Year’s Eve Celebrations

U.S. Mission Turkey reminds U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to conduct attacks throughout Turkey in areas where U.S. citizens and expatriates reside or frequent.  As we approach the end of 2016, U.S. citizens should be mindful of this when deciding to attend public gatherings for Holiday and New Year’s Eve celebrations. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Return to Normal Operations at Mission Turkey Facilities on Thursday, December 22

Mission Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Embassy Ankara, Consulate General Istanbul, and Consulate Adana will re-open for normal operations on Thursday, December 22, including routine consular services. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: See the State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , Turkey’s Travel Warning , Travel Alerts, and  Turkey’s Country Specific Information . Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and help …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Operations at Mission Turkey Facilities Wednesday, December 21

Mission Turkey informs U.S. citizens that Embassy Ankara, Consulate General Istanbul, and Consulate Adana will re-open Wednesday, December 21 on a limited-operation basis.  Only essential personnel will be required to come to work. Routine consular appointments will be cancelled at Embassy Ankara and Consulate General Istanbul.  Only emergency consular services will be provided. For further …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U. S. Mission to Turkey Will Be Closed Today, December 20, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U. S. Mission to Turkey Will Be Closed Today, December 20, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara December 20, 2016 On December 20th at 3:50 am, an individual approached the U.S. Embassy Ankara main gate and discharged a firearm. ‎ There have been no reported injuries and the individual is in police …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near the U.S. Embassy Over; Avoid Area Until Tuesday, December 20

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that the immediate security incident near Embassy Ankara is over, but police activity continues.   Embassy personnel have been permitted to leave the compound.   ‎Due to the ongoing police activity, we recommend you avoid the area at least until Tuesday morning, December‎ 20.  Please monitor local media for updates and …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Security Incident Near the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that there is an ongoing security incident near the U.S. Embassy.  All U.S. citizens should avoid the area near the U.S. Embassy compound until further notice.  Personnel at the Embassy have been advised to remain there until they receive further instructions. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Adana, December 20

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that general demonstrations are expected to take place between Ataturk Park and Adana’s Central Train Station on Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. The participants are expected to demonstrate against recent violent terrorist attacks throughout the country and against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Previous such demonstrations in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Ankara, December 16, 2016

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that an organization called Radical Change (Köklü Değişim Derneği) is organizing a protest today after the Friday prayer at approximately 1:30 pm. The group reportedly plans to march from Kocatepe Mosque to the U.S. Embassy. In addition, the U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned today in Besiktas and may occur in and around Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul December 12, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations in response to the recent bombings in Besiktas are planned throughout Istanbul on Monday evening, starting at 5:30 p.m.  There will be a solidarity rally at Vodafone Arena in Besiktas and surrounding neighborhoods.  Please note that …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion near Vodafone Stadium in Besiktas, Istanbul.

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul December 10, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is monitoring reports of an explosion near the Vodafone soccer stadium and the Ritz Carlton hotel in Besiktas in Istanbul. There are preliminary reports that several people were injured. Please avoid the area, monitor local press reporting, and let friends and family …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, December 3

The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will hold a political rally at Ugur Mumcu Square near Adana’s Central Train Station on Saturday, December 3, 2016, beginning at 14:00. The CHP (Republican People’s Party) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu will lead the political rally. The U.S. Consulate reminds all U.S. …

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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Explosion at Governor’s office in Adana, Turkey

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey Emergency Security Message for U.S. Citizens At approximately 08:05 this morning, an explosive device was detonated at the Governor’s office in Adana. The office is located SW of the intersection of Mücahitler and Mustafa Kemal Paşa roads. The U.S. Consulate recommends all U.S. citizens to avoid …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara, November 18

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of approximately 250 protestors in the vicinity of the German Embassy, located on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The U.S. Embassy is next door to the German Embassy in Ankara.  Traffic in the vicinity may be affected. The governorate …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of approximately 500 protestors in the vicinity of the German Embassy, located on Paris Avenue in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The U.S. Embassy is next door to the German Embassy in Ankara.  Paris Avenue (Caddesi) is currently closed to traffic. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Expected Near Taksim, Sisli and Tarlabasi in Istanbul (November 5, 2016)

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the arrests of Peoples’ Liberation Party (HDP) leadership are expected starting this afternoon and continuing into the evening in the vicinity of Taksim, Sisli Mosque Square and Tarlabasi in Istanbul. Further demonstrations may occur in other locations throughout Istanbul with little …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Concerns in Adana

Consulate General Adana advises U.S. citizens that extremist groups continue aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Adana. Attacks may be pre-planned or could occur with little or no warning. They include, but are not limited to: armed attacks, attempted kidnappings, bombings, or other violent acts. The Consulate advises U.S. citizens residing …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest and Police Action on Paris and Kuveyt Avenues in Ankara, October 31

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that it is aware that police have responded to a gathering of protesters in the vicinity of the intersection of Kuveyt and Paris Avenues, near the U.S. Embassy in Kavaklidere, Ankara. The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive …

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Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.  The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the October 29, 2016, decision to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Ankara on October 29

U.S. Embassy Ankara, October 28, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that several political groups have announced that their supporters will march in Ankara on October 29, 2016. The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive of the city of Ankara, until November 30, 2016, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Izmir on October 29

Embassy of the United States of America-Ankara, Turkey, October 27, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that media have announced Republic Day gatherings in Cumhuriyet Meydani and Kordon in Izmir. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Information on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul — Istanbul, Turkey October 22, 2016 Security Message: Update on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul advises U.S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack Americans and/or other foreigners in Istanbul. These attacks may be pre-planned or could occur with little or no …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Labor Confederation Rallies, Kurtulus Meydani and Kolej Meydani in Ankara, on October 15

Embassy of the United States of America — Ankara, Turkey October 13, 2016 Labor Confederation Rallies, Kurtulus Meydani and Kolej Meydani in Ankara, on October 15 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a group of labor unions have announced rallies at two different locations in Ankara on October 15, 2016. The rallies are set …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Memorial Commemoration of the Bombing Near the Ankara Train Station on October 10

Embassy of the United States of America — Ankara, Turkey October 8, 2016 Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Memorial Commemoration of the Bombing Near the Ankara Train Station, Ankara Train Station, on October 10 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that an unofficial memorial ceremony, marking the one year anniversary of the bombing of a …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Adana, October 5

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Ataturk Park, Adana, at 18:00 on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. Several NGOs and Unions will hold the demonstration to protest against the Turkish Government. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep September 21, 2016 There are reports of a police investigation into a terror cell in Gaziantep.  The information suggests the terrorists are possibly targeting shopping centers, Starbucks, Big Chef Restaurants and or other businesses catering to Western customers.   U.S. citizens in Gaziantep are advised …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HDP Democracy and Peace Rally

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HDP Democracy and Peace Rally September 2, 2016 Embassy Ankara advises U.S. Citizens that the HDP (People’s Democratic Party) plans to hold a “Democracy and Peace Rally” the evening of Saturday, September 3 in and around the Kurtuluş Square and Kolej Meydanı areas of Ankara.  Previous peace rallies have been …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TGB Demonstrations Planned Across Turkey

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TGB Demonstrations Planned Across Turkey August 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and Consulates in Istanbul and Adana inform U.S. citizens that the Turkish Youth Union (TGB) has planned a series of nationwide demonstrations to take place tomorrow, August 30th.  Demonstrations are scheduled in the vicinity of central public …

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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update

Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update August 29, 2016 The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  On August 23, 2016, the Department of State extended voluntary departure of family members assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency 


Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency August 8, 2016   U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Turkey of potential impacts of the 90-day state of emergency imposed by the Government of Turkey July 21. The state of emergency expands the authority of security forces in stopping, searching, and validating …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara Demonstrations August 5 – 7, 2016

Ankara Demonstrations August 5 – 7, 2016 August 5, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Kizilay and possibly in other locations beginning Friday, August 5 and may continue through Sunday, August 7.  At this time there are no reports of road closures. However this is subject …

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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning Update

Turkey Travel Warning Update July 26, 2016 The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the July 25, 2016, decision to authorize the voluntary departure of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat of Terrorist Activity

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat of Terrorist Activity July 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that, as recent attacks in Istanbul, Dhaka, and Nice and elsewhere have demonstrated, the threat of terrorist activity (including attacks by firearms, explosives, vehicular assault, or other means, as well as kidnapping) remains elevated in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul today July 18, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul today July 18, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul and the vicinity this afternoon beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m.  U.S citizens should avoid the U.S. Consulate this afternoon and …

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Turkey Travel Warning Update July 18, 2016

Turkey Travel Warning Update July 18, 2016 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. In light of the July 15 coup attempt and the resulting potential for interruptions to travel and daily life, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Direct Flights Between the United States and Turkey to Resume July 19, 2016

Message to U.S. Citizens: Direct Flights Between the United States and Turkey to Resume July 19, 2016 July 18, 2016 On July 18, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its notice to airmen (NOTAM) restrictions that prohibited U.S. airline carriers from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. Normal flight operations between the United …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Martyrs Ceremony at Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara July 17, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Martyrs Ceremony at Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara July 17, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a Martyrs Ceremony is expected to take place at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara today, Sunday, July 17, 2016 after mid-afternoon prayers. We anticipate large crowds, traffic disruptions, and unpredictable conditions. Even demonstrations intended …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update July 16, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update July 16, 2016 As the situation in Turkey stabilizes, U.S. Embassy Ankara strongly encourages U.S. citizens to use extreme caution in leaving your residence or hotel to conduct essential errands or business. Due to the potential for pro-government rallies and the possibility of clashes, the U.S. Embassy advises to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Security July 16

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Security July 16 July 16, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that routes to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport are open; however, we are still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire. Security at Ataturk airport is significantly diminished and U.S. government employees have been instructed not to attempt to …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incirlik Air Base and Adana Airport Information, July 16

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Incirlik Air Base and Adana Airport Information, July 16 July 16, 2016 Be advised that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut. Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored. In addition, the Adana …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Operations

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Operations July 15, 2016 The U.S. Mission in Turkey advises American citizens that military operations are underway in Ankara and could occur in other parts of the country.  U.S. citizens are advised to seek shelter in safe places.  Avoid unnecessary travel.  Monitor media reports.  The Mission will share further …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Heard in Ankara, Bridges Closed in Istanbul

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Heard in Ankara, Bridges Closed in Istanbul July 15, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that shots have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed.  The Turkish Government states that elements of the Turkish army are attempting an …

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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning

Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning June 27, 2016 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2016. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations. As …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: MHP Gathering in Ankara on June 19th

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: MHP Gathering in Ankara on June 19th June 17, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a large gathering is expected to take place at the Buyuk Anadolu Hotel (near Esenboga Airport) on Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will be holding an extraordinary …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest at CHP Headquaters in Ankara on June 11

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest at CHP Headquaters in Ankara on June 11 June 10, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a protest is expected to take place outside of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Headquarters in Sogutozu in Ankara on Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We anticipate …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Vezneciler, Fatih District, Istanbul

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Vezneciler, Fatih District, Istanbul June 7, 2016 This morning, at approximately 8:45 a.m., there was a bomb explosion in the Vezneciler area of Fatih District in Istanbul.  Multiple casualties have been reported and public transit in the area may be affected.  We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations May 28 & 29 in Ankara

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations May 28 & 29 in Ankara May 27, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in the Kurtulus and Kolej districts of Ankara on Saturday, May 28 from 12:00 to 18:00. It has been reported that roads in these areas will be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Media Reports Regarding Ataturk Youth, Sport, Memorial Day

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Media Reports Regarding Ataturk Youth, Sport, Memorial Day and AK Party Congress at Ankara Arena May 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy is aware of media reports suggesting the possibility of terrorist incidents in Turkey on Thursday, May 19, Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day. Foreign and U.S. tourists have been …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: May Day (Labor Day) Celebrations

May Day (Labor Day) Celebrations April 29, 2016 Embassy of the United States of America, Ankara, Turkey   The U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1.  Historically, organized rallies and marches have created security and traffic challenges throughout the country. Specifics on this year’s gatherings are detailed …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Tourist Sites

Credible Threats to Tourist Sites April 26, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Ankara

Demonstration in Ankara at the Hippodrome, Ataturk Mausoleum and Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center on April 23 April 22, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in Ankara on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The demonstration is expected to begin at the Hippodrome and proceed from …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Metrobus Service Halted in Sisli due to Suspicious Package

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that Metrobus service in the Sisli area has stopped as of 4:30p.m. as authorities investigate a suspicious package at Darulaceze-Perpa metrobus stop, northwest of Sisli. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution and vigilance in that area. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Suspicious Package in Sisli Rendered Safe

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that the suspicious package previously reported in the Sisli area has been rendered safe and traffic has returned to normal. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to monitor local media for updates, maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Public Squares and Docks in Istanbul and Antalya

The U.S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya.  Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas. For your personal safety, we urge you to monitor local media. For further …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Public Squares and Docks in Istanbul and Antalya

The U.S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya. Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas. For your personal safety, we urge you to monitor local media. For further …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Posture

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens that due to the security situation in southeast Turkey, U.S. government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in the following provinces:  Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Elazig, Adana,  Izmir, and Mugla.   U.S. citizens are also …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Posture

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens that due to the security situation in southeast Turkey, U.S. government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in the following provinces:  Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Elazig, Adana,  Izmir, and Mugla.   U.S. citizens are also …

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Travel Warning – Turkey

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Effective March 29, 2016, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. government civilians in Izmir …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against Places of Worship

U.S. Mission Turkey advises that Turkish media is reporting warnings of an Easter threat by ISIL against places of worship, including churches, synagogues and diplomatic missions. The Turkish National Police plans enhanced coverage for these types of locations. No specific locations are named nor is any of the information being attributed to the U.S. U.S. citizens are …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against Places of Worship

U.S. Mission Turkey advises that Turkish media is reporting warnings of an Easter threat by ISIL against places of worship, including churches, synagogues and diplomatic missions. The Turkish National Police plans enhanced coverage for these types of locations. No specific locations are named nor is any of the information being attributed to the U.S. U.S. citizens are …

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Travel Alert – Europe (March 22, 2016)

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bombing on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul

According to media reports, a bomb has exploded on Istiklal Avenue in the Taksim area of Istanbul. There are reported injuries and deaths, and emergency personnel and police have arrived at the scene. For your personal safety, we urge you to avoid that area and to monitor local media. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that in light of recent events and the upcoming Nevruz holidays, citizens should be mindful of their security precautions. Nevruz celebrations are anticipated in various locations throughout Turkey on March 17-21. Local authorities have banned large gatherings during select dates over the Nevruz period citing security concerns. Celebrations in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Tonight in Swan Park Area

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that information on social media calls for a demonstration or rally in the Swan Park area at the confluence of Ataturk Boulevard and Cinnah Street at 6 p.m. today, March 18.  There is a potential for large crowds, traffic disruptions and unpredictable conditions. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful …

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Travel Warning – Turkey (March 17, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Due to threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 29, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks …

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Travel Warning – Turkey (March 17, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Due to threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 29, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Istanbul on March 11-12

The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that, according to Turkish media reports and government sources, demonstrations are likely to take place on March 11th and/or 12th to mark the second anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died as a result of Turkish National Police action during the 2013 Gezi …

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Security Message: Protests near Middle East Technical University and Guven Park in Kizilay on March 12, 2016

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that spontaneous demonstrations to protest the death of Berkin Elvan during the 2013 Gezi Park events are expected to take place tomorrow, March 12, throughout Ankara, specifically near Middle East Technical University and Guven Park in Kizilay square. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Report of possible threat to Bahcelievler Area

he U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is information regarding a potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara.  U.S. citizens should avoid this area. We advise U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, monitor local …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security information for March 11, 2016 in Turkey

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that March 11 will mark the 2nd anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died as a result of Turkish National Police action during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.  According to Turkish media reports and government sources, the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party …

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Worldwide Caution (March 7, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara wishes to direct the attention of U.S. citizens to the updated information on the continuing threat of terrorist attacks contained in the Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html .  We encourage U.S. citizens to read the overview section and the additional information specific to Europe and the Middle …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: International Women’s Day Celebration at Kolej Square

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a large gathering is expected to take place in the area of Kolej Square and Kizilay in Ankara on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.  The purpose for the gathering is to celebrate International Women’s Day.  We anticipate a large crowd. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Police Activity in Bayrampasa in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General would like to inform U.S. citizens that due to an armed attack there is ongoing police activity in the Bayrampasa area of Istanbul, east of Ataturk International Airport. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to avoid that area, to monitor local media, to maintain a high level of vigilance, and to take …

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Travel Warning – Turkey (February 29, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  Given the recent terrorist attacks and increased threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 4, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks from international and indigenous …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning-Turkey (February 29, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Given the recent terrorist attacks and increased threats from international and indigenous groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 4, 2016. Recent terrorist attacks from international and indigenous …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion in Ankara

Local media reports there has been an explosion in Ankara’s central district, near the Turkish military headquarters.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the area. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted to local authorities.  Maintain a …

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Travel Warning-Turkey (February 5, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks from both international and indigenous terror groups.  U.S citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 3, 2015. On September 2, the Department of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning (February 4, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks from both international and indigenous terror groups. U.S citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 3, 2015. On September 2, the Department of State …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HKP Rally outside the U.S. Embassy and HDP Party Convention in Balgat

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the Marxist-Leninist group People’s Liberation Party (HKP) encourages its members to rally outside the U.S. Embassy on Saturday January 23 around 2:00 PM to protest the U.S. Vice President’s visit to Turkey.  The Turkish National Police plan to provide coverage. Separately, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), one of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens of the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Travelers are urged to exercise utmost caution and vigilance, especially in crowded places. Actively avoid large crowds and heighten your personal security posture and awareness if you choose to visit popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Turkey (January 14, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens of the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Travelers are urged to exercise utmost caution and vigilance, especially in crowded places. Actively avoid large crowds and heighten your personal security posture and awareness if you choose to visit popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens of the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Travelers are urged to exercise utmost caution and vigilance, especially in crowded places. Actively avoid large crowds and heighten your personal security posture and awareness if you choose to visit popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion in Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that Turkish news is reporting an explosion near the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul at approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning. U.S. Mission Turkey is working to obtain more information. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid that area and to exercise caution if you are …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion in Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that Turkish news is reporting an explosion near the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul at approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning. U.S. Mission Turkey is working to obtain more information. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid that area and to exercise caution if you are …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion in Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that Turkish news is reporting an explosion near the Sultan Ahmet area in Istanbul at approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning. U.S. Mission Turkey is working to obtain more information. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid that area and to exercise caution if you are …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:Demonstration in front of the French Embassy in Ankara on January 8

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front of the French Embassy on Paris Caddesi at 12:30 today, Friday, January 8, 2016. We do not know the expected size of the protest, or its expected duration. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens of the continued risk of terrorist attacks in Turkey, based on repeated threats by terror groups.  As we approach the end of 2015, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert that urges travelers to exercise particular caution during the holiday season.  Be aware of immediate surroundings …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at the old Sumerbank building in Konak, Izmir

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the old Sumerbank Building in Konak, Izmir at 12:00p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.  DISK (The Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions), KESK (The Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions),and TMMOB (The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) will …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at Middle East Technical University

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) at 14:30 on Thursday, December 17, 2015. METU students will be protesting with the stated purpose of showing their solidarity with the Kurdish people. We anticipate possible large crowds to ‎attend. Even demonstrations intended …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Services Limited for December 16

Due to a possible security threat against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Embassy will continue to have limited consular services on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.  The Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the Embassy on December 16.  Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments, are cancelled and will be rescheduled …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Services Limited for December 14 and 15

Due to a possible security threat against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Embassy will have limited consular services available on Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments for December 14 and 15 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat Against U.S. Embassy Ankara December 13, 2015

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Embassy urges U.S. Citizens to avoid the Embassy until the afternoon of Monday, December 14, 2015. ‎ Please note the Embassy’s operating status may be subject to change as the security situation evolves. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned in Beyoglu District in Istanbul

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of protest activity planned for the next several days on Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, near a number of diplomatic missions in the Beyoglu District. Today, December 10, a demonstration against Russia’s actions in Turkey and Syria will start at approximately 8:00 p.m. outside the Consulate General of …

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Security Message for the U.S. Citizens: Consular Services Canceled for December 9

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the Consulate will open with limited staff and services on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.   Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments, for December 9, 2015, are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. U.S. …

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Security Message for the U.S. Citizens: Consular Services Canceled for December 9

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the Consulate will open with limited staff and services on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.   Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments, for December 9, 2015, are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. U.S. …

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Security Message for the U.S. Citizens: Consular Services Canceled for December 9

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the Consulate will open with limited staff and services on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.   Public services, including visa appointments and non-emergency American Citizen Services appointments, for December 9, 2015, are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. U.S. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat Against the U.S. Consulate

Due to information about an imminent security threat against the U.S. Consulate compound, the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul advises all U.S. citizens to avoid the U.S. Consulate today. We remind you that the U.S. Consulate is closed Saturdays and Sundays. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE: Security Threat Against the U.S. Consulate Istanbul through December 6, 2015

This is an update to a security message sent earlier today. Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate compound in Istanbul, the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul advises all U.S. citizens to avoid U.S. Consulate in Istanbul through the remainder of the weekend until December 6, 2015. We remind you that …

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Security Threat Against U.S. Consulate General Istanbul

Due to information about a possible security threat against the U.S. Consulate compound in Istanbul, U.S. Embassy Ankara advises all U.S. citizens to avoid U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, U.S. Embassy Ankara, U.S. Consulate Adana and the Izmir Consular Agency today, December 5, 2015. We remind you that all U.S. Consulates, the Embassy and Consular Agency …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: AK Party Women Branches Congress

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the AK Party Women Branches Congress will be held at the Ankara Arena (intersection of Hipodrum Caddesi and Cumhuriyet Caddesi, across from the TCDD Train Station) on Saturday, December 5.  We anticipate the size of the event to be up to several thousand people.  Due to heightened security …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests near the Spanish Embassy

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a protest is expected to take place near the Spanish Embassy in Cankaya, Ankara on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity …

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Worldwide Travel Alert (November 23, 2015)

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both …

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Security Message: Demonstration at the U.S. Consulate

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that approximately 70 people from the Halk Cephesi (People’s Front) will hold a demonstration at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to be peaceful, but due to the increased police presence and expected traffic issues …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Antalya Coinciding with the G-20

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that there are reports of several planned demonstrations in Antalya coinciding with the G20.  We anticipate large crowds to attend. Protests are expected to concentrate in the city’s center including Cumhuriyet Square, Metropolitan Municipality, Aydin Kanza Park, and Dikilli Village Square in Belek area, an area located 5 km. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration against the G-20 Summit

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place from Guven Park (Kizilay) along Ataturk Boulevard toward the Embassy from 13:30 to 15:30 on Thursday, November 5.  The Youth Union of Turkey will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the visit of President Obama to the G-20.  …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: November 1 Elections

On Sunday November 1, 2015, Turkey will hold general elections. The potential for spontaneous protests or demonstrations may increase between now and when the election results are announced. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Road Closures October 29-31

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at Tandogan Square, near the Tandogan metro station, starting at 12:00 on Thursday, October 29. The Nation Party (Vatan Partisi) in Ankara will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against terrorism. We anticipate large crowds to attend. Also, a ceremony …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Crowds Possible on October 24th

Consulate of the United States of America Adana, Turkey Large Crowds Possible: October 24 (Two Events) The U.S. Consulate Adana informs U.S. citizens that there will be an election rally to be held by the Prime Minister at the Train Station Square at 1330, and there will be a religious conference hosted by the Furkan …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration (October 23, 2015)

The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, October 25, 2015, a political rally organized by the AKP is scheduled to take place in Yenikapi Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. According to local police, the rally is expected to heavily attended, and will likely cause road closures, ferry terminal closures, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Crowds Possible on October 25th, 2015

The U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the Confederation of Public Employees Unions (Memory-Sen) will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday October 25. The celebration ceremonies will be held at Ankara Arena Sports Hall (Ulus) at 17:00 hrs.  Ankara Security Directorate announced that on Sunday starting from 12:00 hrs, following roads will be closed to traffic:   …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Restriction on Pre-Election Gatherings

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that effective immediately, all official U.S. government employees and their dependents are directed to avoid any political demonstrations, rallies and large gatherings throughout Turkey until further notice. Terrorist attacks, such as the suicide bombings on October 10 in a central Ankara public plaza that killed approximately 100 people and injured …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Near the Train Station in Ankara

Media reports indicate there have been multiple explosions at the main train station in downtown Ankara.  The U.S. Embassy in Ankara advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Turkey’s  Country Specific Information . Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Precautions in Wake of October 10th Explosions in Ankara

On the morning of October 10, 2015, around 10:00 AM, two explosions occurred at a large peace rally near Ankara’s central train station. The blasts caused a very high number of casualties, resulting in both deaths and injuries. Initial reports indicate that there were no foreigners injured and that foreigners were not targeted by the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Adana Restricted Neighborhoods

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Adana Restricted Neighborhoods The U.S. Consulate in Adana informs U.S. citizens that U.S. government employees are subject to travel restrictions in the following neighborhoods in Adana: Sakirpasa Gulbahcesi Daglioglu Barbaros Anadolu Ondokuzmayis We strongly caution U.S. citizens to avoid those neighborhoods. The recent increase in tensions between Kurdish demonstrators and Turkish …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintaining Security Awareness

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara would like to remind U.S. citizens of the importance of maintaining security vigilance and to take appropriate steps to ensure their ongoing security awareness in light of the continued security situation in Turkey. As mentioned in the Worldwide Caution from July 29, 2015, “The Department of State remains concerned about …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rally in Yenikapi Park on Sunday

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that a rally is scheduled to take place from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, September 20, in Yenikapi Park in Istanbul to protest ongoing violence in Turkey’s southeastern provinces. It is anticipated that both President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu will lead the rally and that attendance …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Okmeydani and Haci Husrev

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that political protests are expected today, September 9, after 7:00 pm in the Okmeydani and Haci Husrev (Beyoglu District) neighborhoods of Istanbul.  We urge individuals to avoid those areas as protests are expected to turn violent. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning for Turkey

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the U.S. Consulate in Adana has authorized the voluntary departure of family members out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. On September 2, the Department of State permitted …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning for Turkey (September 3, 2015)

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the U.S. Consulate in Adana has authorized the voluntary departure of family members out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. On September 2, the Department of State permitted …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning for Turkey

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the U.S. Consulate in Adana has authorized the voluntary departure of family members out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. On September 2, the Department of State permitted …

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Security Message: World Peace Day Demonstrations

The US Embassy informs U.S. citizens that supporters of “World Peace Day” plan to hold public marches on Tuesday, September 1, during the afternoon and evening in Ankara and Gaziantep. Road closings and traffic disruptions may occur as authorities prepare for crowds. Ankara Supporters plan to hold a “Peace Meeting” in the Kizilay Square area. …

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Emergency Message: Suspicious Package on Paris Caddesi

Turkish National Police Explosives Ordnance Disposal is responding to a Suspicious Package on Paris Caddesi which is located near the Embassy. Authorities will investigate and render it safe. In the past this includes use of a controlled detonation. The item is reportedly relatively small. We urge people to avoid the area and monitor the media. For further …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near U.S. Consulate in Istanbul

Today, Saturday, August 22nd, there has been a shooting incident near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. We urge individuals to please avoid that area for the time being.  Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings, as even peaceful …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident Near U.S. Consulate in Istanbul

There has been a security incident near the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  We urge individuals to please avoid that area for the time being. The U.S. Consulate is closed to the public today, August 10, 2015.  Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consulate Reopens on Tuesday, August 11

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul will reopen to the public on August 11, 2015, following today’s security incident.. Please monitor the news for further developments and maintain security awareness. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings, as even peaceful gatherings can turn confrontational. Review your personal security plans, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Great Peace March

The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that the “Great Peace March” is scheduled to take place starting at 16:00 on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Istanbul, according to announcements made on social media by the group Bariş Bloku. The march is expected to start in front of the TRT building in Tepebasi and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintaining Security Awareness

Due to recent events in Turkey, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara would like to take this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens of the importance of maintaining security awareness. While there is no information of threats specifically against U.S. citizens, there remains the strong possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests from both transnational …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintaining Security Awareness

Due to recent events in Turkey, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara would like to take this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens of the importance of maintaining security awareness. While there is no information of threats specifically against U.S. citizens, there remains the strong possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests from both transnational …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: May Day (Labor Day) Demonstrations on Friday, May 1, 2015

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that several Labor Unions throughout Turkey will celebrate Labor Day, also known as the International Workers’ Day, on May 1.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on May 1, to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: May Day (Labor Day) Demonstrations on Friday, May 1, 2015

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that several Labor Unions throughout Turkey will celebrate Labor Day, also known as the International Workers’ Day, on May 1.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on May 1, to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations March 21, 2105

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Saturday, March 21 and throughout the weekend in Turkey.  Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring.  Although this year’s festivities are expected to be peaceful, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations March 21, 2015

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Saturday, March 21 and throughout the weekend in Turkey.  Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring.  Although this year’s festivities are expected to be peaceful, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations March 21, 2015

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Saturday, March 21 and throughout the weekend in Turkey.  Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring.  Although this year’s festivities are expected to be peaceful, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that in light of recent events and the upcoming Nevruz holidays, citizens should be mindful of their security precautions. Nevruz celebrations are anticipated in various locations throughout Turkey on March 17-21. Local authorities have banned large gatherings during select dates over the Nevruz period citing security concerns. Celebrations in …

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Security Message: DHKP/C member wanted by TNP still at large

In light of the second anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C)’s February 1, 2013 suicide attack on U.S. Embassy Ankara, and the DHKP/C’s stated intention to commit further attacks against the United States, NATO and Turkey, the U.S. Embassy regional security office has advised all personnel to be …

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Security Message: DHKP/C member wanted by TNP still at Large

In light of the second anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C)’s February 1, 2013 suicide attack on U.S. Embassy Ankara, and the DHKP/C’s stated intention to commit further attacks against the United States, NATO and Turkey, the U.S. Embassy regional security office has advised all personnel to be …

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Security Message: DHKP/C Member wanted by TNP still at Large

In light of the second anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C)’s February 1, 2013 suicide attack on U.S. Embassy Ankara, and the DHKP/C’s stated intention to commit further attacks against the United States, NATO and Turkey, the U.S. Embassy regional security office has advised all personnel to be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution (January 13, 2015)

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consulate Security Messages via Text Message

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new SMS service for U.S. citizens interested in receiving security messages and alerts from the Embassy on their mobile phones. The service is optional and will run on an SMS system operated through Avea. This does not replace the existing registration system with the Smart Traveler …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Outlook

For a formatted version of the newsletter, please visit the following link: American Outlook Newsletter  (PDF 559 KB) Featured in this Issue: Message  from Ambassador John Bass Direct Deposit Payments of Your SSA Payments While in Turkey Turkish E-Visa and Sticker Visas at the Airports in Turkey Cultural Artifacts Turkish Residence Permit and Health Insurance How Does the …

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Consulate Security Messages Via Text Message

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new SMS service for U.S. citizens interested in receiving security messages and alerts from the Consulate on their mobile phones. The service is optional and will run on an SMS system operated through Avea. This does not replace the existing registration system with the Smart Traveler Enrollment …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Security around the DHKP/C Anniversary

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that the Revolutionary Peoples Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi identifies December 19th as a significant day which they have sometimes recognized with renewed terrorist attacks. Terrorist organizations may attempt to conduct new attacks on …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Terrorist Attacks in Gaziantep at Syrian Interim Government Building

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey The U.S. Embassy has received reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against the Syrian Interim Government building located near the Fevzi çakmak park and the Kalyon Kavşagi roundabout in Gaziantep, Turkey.  We remind U.S. citizens that the situation in southeast Turkey, while usually …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens (November 4, 2014)

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations November 1st, 2014

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is a possibility of political protests and demonstrations on November 1, particularly in southeast Turkey. Various political and other organizations have called for mass demonstrations on November 1, in support of efforts to defend the Syrian town of Kobane. Recently, similar demonstrations in Turkey have sometimes resulted …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations November 1st, 2014

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is a possibility of political protests and demonstrations on November 1, particularly in southeast Turkey. Various political and other organizations have called for mass demonstrations on November 1, in support of efforts to defend the Syrian town of Kobane. Recently, similar demonstrations in Turkey have sometimes resulted …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots (October 27, 2014)

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations October 10, 2014

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey The U.S. Embassy in Turkey informs U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout Turkey at varying times and with little advance notice, in response to ongoing events in the region near the border with Syria.  Demonstrations and violent altercations have occurred in Istanbul, Diyarbakır, …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations (October 10, 2014)

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey informs U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout Turkey at varying times and with little advance notice, in response to ongoing events in the region near the border with Syria. Demonstrations and violent altercations have occurred in Istanbul, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Adana, Mersin, and elsewhere. Please exercise caution, practice good …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Disruptions in Southeast Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informs U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout southeast Turkey at varying times and with little advance notice, in response to ongoing fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.  Violent altercations have occurred in Diyarbakır, Adana, Siirt, Van, Mardin, Mus, Batman, Hakkari, Mersin, and elsewhere.   Turkish authorities …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Awareness

Following the commencement of military action against ISIL targets in Syria, U.S. citizens are reminded that there have been violent attacks in Turkey in the past, and the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests, from both transnational and indigenous groups, remains high. While there is no new specific threat information of threats, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Awareness

Following the commencement of military action against ISIL targets in Syria, U.S. citizens are reminded that there have been violent attacks in Turkey in the past, and the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests, from both transnational and indigenous groups, remains high. While there is no new specific threat information of threats, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Representative in Ankara

Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey  The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey is pleased to announce that a Social Security Administration representative will be visiting Ankara on September 16, 2014 and will hold a meeting with local American citizens.  The SSA representative will promote “iclaim” as well as discussing general topics such …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gezi Park Anniversary Demonstrations

Various Turkish news and social media are reporting that demonstrations will take place in cities in Turkey on Saturday, May 31, the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests of 2013. The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on and around May 31, and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Guidance: Bank Secrecy Act E-Filing Information for Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) Filers

Per the Bank Secrecy Act, every year you must report certain foreign financial accounts , such as bank accounts, brokerage accounts and mutual funds, to the Treasury Department and keep certain records of those accounts. Information for filers about the filing requirement is available on the IRS website: IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations . Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey: The U.S. Embassy …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gezi Park Anniversary Demonstrations

Various Turkish news and social media are reporting that demonstrations will take place in cities in Turkey on Saturday, May 31, the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests of 2013. The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence on and around May 31, and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mining Tragedy in Soma and Demonstrations in Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara would like to inform U.S. citizens of protests against the Turkish Government regarding the recent mining tragedy in Soma. We have received reports of demonstrations currently occurring at various locations throughout the country. The possibility exists for continuing protest activity throughout the weekend as well. We urge citizens to avoid areas of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Demonstration at the Consulate

The U.S. Consulate at Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of an expected protest of undetermined size by Halk Cephesi at the Consulate General this morning, May 9. The Turkish National Police (TNP) will be setting up barricades on the street. At this time, the consular section expects to operate as usual. Even demonstrations intended to be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations (March 23, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that Nevruz holiday celebrations are expected to take place this Sunday, March 23, throughout Turkey. Nevruz is a spring festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring. Although this year’s celebrations are expected to be peaceful, all U.S. citizens should …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (March 11, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports of demonstrations throughout Istanbul today following the death this morning of Berkin Elvan, a teenage bystander who was hit in the head by a gas canister fired by police during the Gezi Park protests and was comatose for 268 days. While exact location(s) and number …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (February 26, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports that a protest regarding recent corruption allegations is scheduled to take place at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. U.S. citizens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Demonstration in Istanbul (February 21, 2014)

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of news reports that a protest against recent legislation expanding the government’s power to regulate Internet content is scheduled to take place at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of …

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