The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that on Sunday, July 2 demonstrators will gather in the vicinity of Taksim Square/Istiklal to celebrate Trans Pride Week starting at approximately 5pm. This year, Turkish authorities have not authorized any gatherings to mark the occasion, and there may be a heavy police presence and counter demonstrations in or near the gathering places. U.S. citizens should monitor local news reports and avoid areas where gatherings might occur.
The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Under the current state of emergency, participation in illegal gatherings, protests, and/or demonstrations can result in detention or arrest. We advise U.S. citizens to exercise caution if in the vicinity of a demonstration. Develop and review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news stations for updates, follow instructions from local authorities, and keep your loved ones aware of your welfare and whereabouts.
For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Turkey’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara, at +90-312-455-5555, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +90-312-455-5555 or +90-212-335-9000 (U.S. Consulate General Istanbul).
- Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, located at Poligon Mahallesi, Sarıyer Caddesi, No:75, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, at +90-212-335-9000.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate in Adana, located at 212 Girne Bulvari, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana at +90-322-455-4100.
- Contact the Consular Agency in Izmir at Izmir@state.gov.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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