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 Program (STEP), but is an option designed to give you one additional method to receive important emergency information.  Security and other messages will continue to be released via STEP to your registered e-mail address. You do not need to re-register with STEP if you have already done so.

Please note that in order to participate in this service, the US Consulate will be adding your number to a database that will be shared with the service provider. However, should you choose to participate, only your phone number will be shared. There is no charge to enroll in this service, other than normal messaging charges from your mobile provider. Note that if you have commercial text messages “blocked” for your phone by the cellular service provider, you may not be able to receive Consulate text messages.  Please contact your cellular service provider if this is the case.

To sign up for this service please do the following:

  • E-mail with the subject line “SMS Enroll.”
  • Put your mobile number in the body of the message.
  • Write your number in the following format: 05XXXXXXXXX (11 digits, no dashes). You do not have to write your name.
  • Copy and paste the following into the body of your email: “I authorize the release of my phone number by the U.S. Consulate to Avea for Consulate security messaging purposes only.”

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131. The Internet address is
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at Kaplicalar Mevkii Sokak No. 2, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, tel: (90) (212) 335-9000, fax (90) (212) 335-9102.  Istanbul-specific information can also be accessed via the Consulate’s web site at .
The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana, Turkey. tel: (90)(322) 346-6262, fax (90)(322) 346-7916, web site:
The Consular Agency in Izmir can be contacted at