Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning (February 4, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks from both international and indigenous terror groups. U.S citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.  This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 3, 2015.

On September 2, the Department of State permitted the departure of U.S. government family members from the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, as a precautionary measure following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.  There are no plans to evacuate citizens and commercial airports remain open.  The U.S. Consulate in Adana continues to operate normally and provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

Terrorists have targeted popular tourist sites, U.S. government buildings, police, and other local authorities throughout Turkey.  The threat of kidnapping remains a concern, especially in the southeast, and incidents of indirect fire from Syria have impacted Turkey along the border.  For your safety:

  • Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.
  • Stay away from large crowds and remain vigilant near popular tourist destinations.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
  • Monitor local media.

Travel restrictions remain for U.S. government employees to southeastern Turkey for the provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, and Elazig.

For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: