Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Protests at U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

January 29, 2020
The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey is aware that several groups have announced public protests in the vicinity of several U.S. government diplomatic offices in Turkey.  Demonstrations have the potential to become violent.

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul has received information about a possible demonstration at the U.S. Consulate today, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 PM. Turkish National Police will implement traffic restrictions around the Consulate as early as 10:30 AM. Due to these restrictions, access to the U.S. Consulate will be suspended. Anyone on the compound should remain in place and await further instructions until the suspended access is lifted. The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul reminds U.S. citizens that, as stated in the Travel Advisory, everyone should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, including areas where they may stage (such as parking lots and open spaces).

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans.


U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul

U.S. Embassy, Ankara

U.S. Consulate, Adana

U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir

State Department – Consular Affairs:
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Turkey’s Country Page
Turkey’s Travel Advisory
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