Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul today
July 18, 2016
The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected at the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul and the vicinity this afternoon beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. U.S citizens should avoid the U.S. Consulate this afternoon and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, and monitor media reports. Check local media for the latest updates and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security. The U.S. Consulate General will provide updates to our operating status on our website at https://tr.usembassy.gov
If you are impacted by the current situation in Turkey, we encourage you to closely monitor our Turkey Crisis Page for additional information. Expect further disruptions in commercial and public transportation, and check with your transportation provider (e.g., airline, train operator, etc.). Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice to airmen (NOTAM), U.S. airline carriers are prohibited from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. All airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, are prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via a third country. Further, although some airlines resumed service, travelers should be prepared for changes to flight schedules and paths. Please work with your airline or travel agency to find alternate routes, which may include additional stops at alternate airports or additional security clearances en route, but will enable you to get to your final destination.
To provide us with information about an injured or missing U.S. citizen who is in Turkey, you may:
- Visit Task Force Alert and select “2016 Turkey Unrest”
- Contact the Department of State atTurkeyEmergencyUSC@state.gov.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.
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: E-mail Izmir Consular Agency
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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