Health Alert – Mission Turkey – April 20

April 20, 2020    

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

New Updates 

Turkish Airlines will have three direct flights this week to the United States.  Due to technical issues, these flights are not yet available for booking.  

We understand that some Turkish Airlines representatives may be providing incorrect, confusing information or asking for a special code.  Please do not worry if you hear that the flights are not available or even that they are already sold out.  Turkish Airlines assures us that their technical issues will be resolved “soon” and travelers will be able to book directly.  We will send another message once tickets are available for sale.   

If you intend to take one of these flights, please fill out this form so we can flag your intention to purchase a ticket for one of these flights to both Turkish Airlines and Turkish authorities.  You will still need to book the flight directly with Turkish Airlines.


Thursday, April 23 2020
Flight TK 4940 Istanbul (IST) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Departs 02:25, Arrives 06:05  

Flight TK 4030 Istanbul (IST) – New York (JFK)
Departs 14:40, Arrives 18:30

Friday, April 24 2020
Flight TK 4906 Istanbul (IST) – Washington D.C. (IAD)
Departs 02:40, Arrives 06:30 

Actions to Take:

  • If you intend to take one of these flights, pleas​e fill out this form.
  • 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 form with 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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