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 change or cancellation so monitor airline websites):
    • June 19 Istanbul (IST) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD); TK 5
    • June 19 Istanbul (IST) to Washington, Dulles (IAD); TK 7
    • June 22 Istanbul (IST) to Miami (MIA); TK 77
    • June 24 Istanbul (IST) to Los Angeles (LAX); TK 9
  • According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey will not pursue overstay penalties against foreign nationals unable to depart due to COVID-19, as long as you depart Turkey within one month of the international border opening date. We understand this to mean you will not be fined if you leave Turkey by July 11, 2020. You may need to show immigration officials evidence of your inability to depart, such as a canceled flight reservation. Residency permit information is available at

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