Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 13

April 13, 2020    

Location: Turkey   

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

New Updates    

  • If you are not prepared to remain in Turkey for the foreseeable future, we urge you to book commercial travel now.  
  • The Wednesday, April 15, Belavia Airways flight will depart at 4:15 am from Istanbul, which will allow onward travel to the United States without requiring an overnight stay in Minsk. We cannot guarantee the future availability of this flight option.  
  • You can also call Belavia directly at +375 17 220 2555 to reserve a seat.  

Additional Information    

  • On April 12, the Turkish Minister of Health confirmed a total of 56,956 COVID-19 cases, 1,198 related deaths, and 1,665 patients in intensive care.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen trying to get home, we want to know.  Please contact our consular team at the email addresses at the bottom of this page and provide a local phone number.

Actions to Take: 

  • If you have previously purchased tickets, 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.
  • If you are traveling by road to reach an airport in a different province, please contact the local governor’s office to obtain permission to travel by land for your international departure.  In addition, inform us by filling out this formwith your name, date of birth, passport number, current location, and flight information (number, date, time).  Please also include your mobile phone number.  We will share your information with Turkish authorities in order to double track your request for transit to the airport.
  • Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
  • Comply with local authorities at check points and clearly state your intention to seek immediate departure from Turkey.
  • Visit local resources for more information:
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Turkey.


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