April 2, 2020
Event: Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions
- As of April 1, the Turkish Ministry of Health has confirmed 15,679 cases of COVID-19, 277 related deaths in Turkey, and 979 patients in intensive care.
- International flights from Istanbul are still available with connections to the United States on Qatar Airways and Belavia Airways. For flights through Minsk, Belarus, passengers must use a travel agency to ensure onwards connections through Europe and then to the United States. Please note, we understand that flights are getting more expensive, and expect commercial prices to rise, so encourage early travel out while commercial flights remain an option.
- As of March 29, all passengers on domestic flights in Turkey are required to submit a travel permit obtained from the Travel Permit Council. All individuals with e-devlet accounts can request those permits online. For non-Turkish citizens who have had residency permits for more than six months, we understand that you can obtain a Foreigner Identification Number and set up your own e-devlet account. Please follow the instructions at e-devlet. The process for those without e-devlet accounts has not yet been established; we will advise as soon as we obtain this information.
- Achttps://www.turkiye.gov.tr/non-citizenscording to Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a travel permit is not needed for inter-city travel in private vehicles.
- According to Turkish authorities, bus travel is limited, and to travel inter-city, we understand a written travel permit from your local governors’ office is required. We do not have further information on how a foreigner would obtain such permission.
Actions to Take:
- Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
- Visit the Turkish General Directorate of Civil Aviation for up to date information on Turkey’s international flights.
- Visit the Turkish Airlines Coronavirus webpage for information on Suspended flights, Travel restrictions, Zero change fee, Flexible change, Online transactions, and their Announcements
- Visit the TCDD press release on suspension of inter-city trains.
- Visit local resources for more information:
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Turkey.
- U.S. Embassy (Ankara, Turkey)
110 Ataturk Boulevard
- U.S. Consulate General (Istanbul, Turkey)
Poligon Mahallesi, Sariyer Caddesi No: 75
İstinye 34460 Sariyer- Istanbul / Turkey
- U.S. Consulate (Adana, Turkey)
Girne Bulvari No:212 Guzelevler Mah.
Yuregir, Adana – TÜRKİYE
- U.S. Consular Agency (Izmir, Turkey)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444