Health Alert – Mission Turkey – March 22

March 22, 2020

Location: Turkey
Event: Turkish Airlines to Reduce International Commercial Routes from March 27, 2020

On March 22, 2020, Turkish Airlines announced that international flights, except to New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Hong Kong, Addis Ababa, and Moscow, will be suspended from March 27, 2020. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  In addition, Turkish Airlines has cancelled passenger flights to/from other locations.  For an updated list of cancelled flights visit the Turkish Airlines website 

Visit the Turkish Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure websiteand the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation websitefor additional information on entry restrictions imposed by Turkey.  

The Department of State has issued aGlobal Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice and aLevel 3 COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel Notice.  

A Level 3 COVID-19 Outbreak Notice for Europe,which will affect transit travelers from Turkey to the United States.  

Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information. 

Actions to Take:


Worldwide Caution
Turkey’s Country Page
Turkey’s Travel Advisory
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts
Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook

Visit Mission Turkey’s website and follow the Embassy’s primary social media accounts: Twitter and Facebook