Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Political Gatherings, Rallies and Demonstrations

Numerous large gatherings and rallies, many of a political nature, are expected to be held throughout Turkey in late March and April.  U.S. Mission Turkey recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all gatherings due to the potential for violence or personal injury.  Specific locations and dates of these gatherings are being announced via traditional and social media.

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 avoid all gatherings, protests, or demonstrations in Turkey, regardless of their purpose, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of these kinds of events.  Develop and review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news stations for updates, and follow local authority instructions.

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 2 Uçsehitler Sokagi, 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
  • 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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