Health Alert – Mission Turkey – August 7

Travel Alert: 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:

  • Turkey is no longer considered a Global Level 4 Health Advisory location.  Travelers are now advised that Turkey is listed as a Level 3 Travel Alert: Reconsider Travel.  Due to terrorism, areas along the Syrian and Iraqi border are still listed as Level 4:Do Not Travel.  You may find more information at this link: Turkey Travel Advisory
  • Please confirm transit requirements prior to travel as they may change and some countries may require testing for COVID-19 before you are allowed to board.

Actions to Take:

  • Follow local restrictions on curfew.
  • Follow social distancing public health recommendations.
  • Check local regulations on wearing protective masks.
  • Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
  • If you have previously purchased tickets on a commercial airline, we recommend that you reconfirm with the airlines the flight is operational and verify the transit country’s entry requirements prior to your departure.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Turkey and for information regarding available commercial flight options to the United States.
  • Review local resources for more information:
  • Turkish Ministry of Health COVID-19
  • Turkish Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Turkish Presidency’s interactive COVID-19 web page
  • Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture
  • Reminder for U.S. Citizens flying to the United States:  You may only enter via CDC-approved airports and should follow COVID-19 restrictions in place at your final destination. Air travelers are advised to include their travel document (U.S. Passport/I-551) information in their reservations to help ensure they do not encounter issues when boarding their flights. A list of approved airports along with arrival information for international travelers entering the United States is available here:
  • 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 does not apply to foreign tourists.
  • Reminder for U.S. citizens planning travel into and out of Turkey with stops in other countries:  Please check specific country restrictions on entry and transit.