Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Location:  Throughout Turkey

Event:  Turkey celebrates International Workers’ Day (Labor Day) on May 1, 2018.  Historically, political parties, labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations stage large rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to mark the national holiday.

U.S. citizens should expect:

  • increased police presence in traditional gathering places in large cities.
  • reduced or cancelled public transit services in Istanbul and other cities.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid demonstration areas.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • For emergency response in Turkey, call 112.
  • Keep a low profile.


  • U.S. Embassy, Ankara


  • U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul


  • U.S. Consulate, Adana


  • U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444