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 during the upcoming Sacrifice Holiday.

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.