Health Alert – Mission Turkey

March 20, 2020

Location: Turkey
Event: Additional COVID-19 Measures

The government of Turkey has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for 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.

On March 18, Turkey halted passenger crossings at land and sea borders with Greece and Bulgaria.

On March 19, the Government of Turkey added all archaeological sites and museums to its list of closed institutions.

For a complete list of closures, as well as countries from which Turkey has banned entry and for which Turkey requires quarantine measures, see Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for more information.

The Department of State has issued a Global 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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Outbreak Notice for Europe which will affect transit travelers from Turkey to the United States. ​For more information, visit the Department of State’s Frequently Asked Questions page for travelers in Europe. 

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