Health Alert – Mission Turkey – May 29

May 29, 2020

Health Alert: COVID-19 Related Restrictions in Turkey


  • There is another weekend stay at home order this weekend (May 30-31) in the 15 areas subject to entry and exit restrictions. Individuals are permitted to walk to supermarkets on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00.
  • The curfew for youth now applies only to those 18 and under. They are permitted to walk outside on Wednesdays and Fridays from 14:00 to 20:00.
  • Individuals over 65 are permitted to walk outside on Sundays from 14:00 to 20:00.
  • Vehicles are not permitted to enter or depart Ankara, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, and Zonguldak. Foreigners are permitted to conduct inter-city travel in order to reach a flight back to their home country, however, travel permits are required. We understand that these travel restrictions will be lifted on June 1.
  • Hair salons, shopping malls, and some stores have reopened, but require social distancing and restrict the number of people who can enter.
  • A number of other businesses and institutions, including museums and archaeological sites, are closed, but are authorized to reopen June 1. Please check with the individual institution for their status and hours.
  • All onsite classes at primary, middle and high schools and universities (public and private) are closed. Kindergartens and daycares are scheduled to reopen on June 1.

Actions to Take:

  • Information regarding commercial flight options is available on the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage.
  • If you have previously purchased tickets on a commercial airline, we recommend that you reconfirm with the airlines that the flight is operational and verify the transit country’s entry requirements prior to your departure.
  • While Turkish citizens can call “199” to seek an inter-city travel permit, U.S. citizens traveling by road to reach an airport in a different province must still contact the district governor’s office to obtain permission to travel by land for international departure.  U.S. citizens can fill out this form for the Embassy to prepare a document in support of the travel permit application.  We also may share this information with the Turkish authorities in support of your travel, but the decision to grant travel permissions lies with the district governor.  Comply with local authorities at checkpoints and clearly state your intention to seek immediate departure from Turkey.
  • Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
  • Review local resources for more information:
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Turkey.