Health Alert – U.S. Mission, Turkey

March 17, 2020

Event:  Effective March 18, U.S. Embassy AnkaraU.S. Consulate IstanbulU.S. Consulate Adana, and U.S. Consular Agency Izmir have suspended routine consular services.  American Citizens Services including passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance continue to be available in Ankara and Istanbul.  Please visit our websites for additional information.

The government of Turkey has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  On March 16 the Turkish government closed all primary, middle and high schools (public and private); these schools will begin online/distance learning the week of March 23.  All universities are closed for three weeks, currently scheduled to reopen on April 6.  Additionally, on March 17 the Turkish government announced the closure of theatres, cinemas, performance centers, concert halls, wedding/engagement halls, restaurants and cafes with music and entertainment, pubs, taverns, bars, nightclubs, coffee houses, hookah cafes, internet cafes, recreation centers, indoor playgrounds and children’s play areas (including those in shopping malls and restaurants), tea houses, swimming pools, Turkish baths, saunas, spas, massage halls, and sport and fitness gyms.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

Many travelers in Turkey have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.

If your travel has been disrupted, please work with your airline to rebook your travel.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice

Actions to Take:


Worldwide Caution
Turkey’s Country Page
Turkey’s Travel Advisory
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts
Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook

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