Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 4

April 4, 2020

Location: Turkey
Event: Message to U.S. citizens – Update on COVID-19 and Related Restrictions

New Updates: 

  • As of April 3, the Turkish Ministry of Health has confirmed 20,921 cases of COVID-19,425 related deaths, and 1,251 patients in intensive care.

  • The following measures to combat COVID-19 are effective today, April 4:

    • Vehicles are not permitted to enter or depart Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri,Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa,T ekirdag, Trabzon,Van and Zonguldak.

    • All domestic flights have been suspended until April 20. 

    • Residents under the age of 20 have been directed not to leave their homes (as was already the case for individuals 65 and above).

    • All individuals must wear cloth face coverings “where people are collectively located, including supermarkets, marketplaces, and workplaces.”

  • Limited 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 book connections through Europe and to the United States.

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that foreigners are permitted to conduct inter-city traveling order to reach a flight back to their home country.Governors are responsible for handling travel permits for individuals in their province; there is no single national process.

Actions to Take


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