Message to U.S. Citizens: Transition to Istanbul’s New International Airport (January 17, 2019)

Location:  Istanbul, Turkey

Event:  Istanbul’s new international airport (ISL) officially opened on October 29, 2018.  However, international and domestic flights are gradually being transferred from Ataturk Airport (IST) to ISL, with flights operating into and out of both airports.  Flight delays and cancellations may occur, and the two airports are located a significant distance apart.  In addition, we anticipate increased traffic congestion around both airports during the transition.  Amenities in the new airport’s vicinity, such as hotels and public transportation, are currently limited.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor your flight details carefully.
  • Plan travel to the airport well in advance.
  • Contact your airline for the latest update.


U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul

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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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