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  1. Event: The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls. All American Citizen and visa services at U.S. Mission in Turkey’s facilities (including U.S. Embassy-Ankara, U.S. Consulate General-Istanbul, U.S. Consulate-Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency-Izmir) will be temporarily suspended. Individuals with scheduled appointments will be notified by email with instructions on how to reschedule their appointments. Actions to Take: · Exercise caution and remain vigilant. · Avoid crowds. · Keep a low profile. · Be aware of your surroundings. · Stay alert in locations frequented by foreigners. · Monitor local media for updates. Assistance: · U.S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov/ · U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul +90-212-335-9000 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/ · U.S. Consulate, Adana +90-322-455-4100 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ · U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir [email protected] · State Department – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444 · Turkey’s Travel Advisory · Turkey’s Country Page · Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts · Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook · Mission Turkey’s website and social media accounts: Embassy Ankara: Twitter and Facebook Consulate General Istanbul: Twitter and Facebook Consulate Adana: Facebook
  2. Izmir Consular Agency is now open and has appointments available for passport applications, reports of birth abroad, or notarial services. For all these services, please make an appointment by emailing [email protected] Assistance: U. S. Consulate General, Istanbul +90-212-335-9000 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/ U. S. Embassy, Ankara +90-312-455-5555 https://tr.usembassy.gov U. S. Consulate, Adana +90-322-455-4100 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ U. S. Consular Agency, Izmir [email protected] State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Turkey’s Country Page Turkey’s Travel Advisory Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  3. Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Areas near the Syrian and Iraqi borders due to terrorism. (Level 4) Reconsider travel to: Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van (Level 3) Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Terrorists have also previously targeted Western tourists and expatriates. Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U. S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U. S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government, including on social media, can result in arrest. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Turkey: Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures. Monitor local media and adjust your plans based on new information. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Turkey. U. S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler's Checklist. Areas near the Syrian and Iraqi Borders - Level 4: Do Not Travel Do not travel near the Turkey/Syria and Turkey/Iraq borders due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, ambushes, car bomb detonations, and improvised explosive devices, as well as shootings, and illegal roadblocks leading to violence have occurred in these areas. Specific Areas in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to specific areas in eastern and southeastern Turkey where the U. S. government has very limited ability to provide emergency services to U. S. citizens. These areas are the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van, as the U. S. government restricts its employees from traveling to these provinces without prior approval. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to a risk indicator and the Travel Advisory Level.
  4. U. S. Consulate General Istanbul Security Message: Update on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul October 22, 2016 The U. S. Consulate General in Istanbul advises U. S. citizens that extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack Americans and/or other foreigners in Istanbul. These attacks may be pre-planned or could occur with little or no warning, and include, but are not limited to: armed attack, attempted kidnapping, bombing, or other violent acts. The Consulate General advises U. S. citizens residing in or visiting Istanbul to review and update their personal security practices when traveling to locations where westerners are known to frequent or reside. U. S. citizens should also exercise increased vigilance and caution in areas easily accessible to the general public. For your safety: Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, in particular large, urban centers near the Turkish/Syrian border. Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations. Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists. Stay away from political gatherings and rallies. Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency. Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place. Monitor local media. 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 help us 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. The 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 [email protected] 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) Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  5. Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Security Message for U. S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Izmir on October 29 October 27, 2016 U. S. Embassy Ankara informs U. S. citizens that media have announced Republic Day gatherings in Cumhuriyet Meydani and Kordon in Izmir. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  6. Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Security Message for U. S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Ankara on October 29 October 27, 2016 U. S. Embassy Ankara informs U. S. citizens that several political groups have announced that their supporters will march in Ankara from the old Parliament building in Ulus to the Anitkabir mausoleum on October 29, 2016. The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive of the city of Ankara, until November 30, 2016, citing security concerns. Thus, simply being at or near a public gathering could lead to your arrest or detention by Turkish authorities. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  7. Featured in this quarter’s issue: New American Citizen Services Chief in Ankara Passport News Absentee Voting Federal Benefits and IRS news The “Demonstrations Page” Information Regarding The State of Emergency New Turkish Labor Law for Foreigners Security-Worldwide Caution Holidays Contact Information New American Citizen Services Chief in Ankara Martin Thomen is the newly arrived American Citizen Services chief officer, and will be in Ankara for three years. He’s looking forward to meeting and interacting with the U. S. citizen community in Turkey over the next few years. Passport News Passport Validity Foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport or travel document with an expiration date of at least 60 days beyond the expiration date of their visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. Turkish tourist visas are generally valid for 6 months therefore U. S. citizens should ensure their passport is valid for eight months beyond entry date. Passports should have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps. If there is no space for entry and exit stamps, travelers may be denied entry into Turkey. Passport Fee Changes The Department of State intends to adjust the passport execution fee from $25 to $35. The passport execution fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. The Department has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, and will accept public comments on the fee change until November 18, 2016 via the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/#/document? D=DOS-2016-0029-0001 Social Security Numbers Required Effective October 1, a Social Security number (SSN) will be required for all passport applications. This requirement comes from the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The FAST Act requires passports to be denied and/or revoked for persons with seriously delinquent tax debt and/or those persons who submit a passport application without a correct and valid Social Security number (SSN). No Eyeglass Policy The "No Eyeglasses Policy" will go into effect November 1, 2016. Under this policy, Consular Affairs (CA) will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances. CA will implement this policy with a soft one-month enforcement period from November 1 to November 30, 2016, after which we will not accept photographs with eyeglasses. Photographs with eyeglasses that passport and visa applicants submit during this one-month grace period, which are not processed until a later date, should be accepted. Under the No Eyeglasses Policy, an applicant may wear eyeglasses in a visa or passport application photograph in rare circumstances of medical necessity, for example, when an applicant has had recent ocular surgery and eyeglasses are necessary to protect his/her eyes during urgent travel. Applicants must provide a medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner in these cases. Absentee Voting Visit http://www.fvap.gov/ for comprehensive information about registering and voting abroad. Most States require U. S. citizens to complete an absentee ballot application before voting. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) encourages the use of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form. FVAP encourages overseas voters to submit a new FPCA every year and when they move. The FPCA can be easily completed by using the online assistant, filling out the PDF. Complete and sign the FPCA according to your state's instructions. Fold and seal your FPCA. If using the online FPCA, print, sign and put it in an envelope. You qualify for free postage if you use the approved envelope template and bring it to the Embassy. Address and mail the FPCA to your local election official. Be sure to include your return address and affix postage if using a foreign postal service. Federal Benefits and IRS News ITIN Changes The Internal Revenue Service has announced important changes to help taxpayers comply with revisions to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program. The changes require some taxpayers to renew their ITINs beginning in October 2016. All ITINs issued prior to 2013 need to be renewed. Any taxpayer that has not used their ITIN since the 2013 tax return should renew it. Any taxpayer who does not renew their expired ITIN could face a refund delay and may be ineligible for certain tax credits, such as the Child Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, until the ITIN is renewed. More information on this issue can be found at: https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-works-to-help-taxpayers-affected-by-itin-changes-renewals-begin-in-october?_ga=1.250024838.1230946215.1470662761 The “Demonstrations Page” of our Public Website Information regarding non-violent demonstrations will be posted on our new “Demonstrations” page of our websites. We reminds U. S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and advises avoidance of large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 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. Regarding the State of Emergency The Turkish government declared a three-month state of emergency in July, and it was extended for another 90 days in October. The state of emergency allows for expanded powers of Turkish authorities, following thefailed military coup attempt on July 15th. Some of these powers include detainment and questioning of both Turkish citizens and foreign nationals. U. S. citizens should carry a form of identification at all times and make every effort to comply with the instructions and requests of Turkish authorities. If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U. S. Embassy or Consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information. Turkish authorities may not inform U. S. officials of dual nationals arrested in Turkey or may refuse to allow U. S. officials to visit or provide consular assistance to U. S.-Turkish dual nationals arrested in Turkey. New Turkish Labor Law for Foreigners Turkey’s parliament has approved a new labor law concerning foreign citizens who wish to work, intern or apprentice inside the country, specifying the conditions under which foreigners will be allowed to have a work permit. According to the International Labor Force Law approved on July 28, foreigners will initially be given a work permit valid for one year. This period will then be extended with each renewed application. Those with long-term residence permits or work permits valid for at least eight years will be able to apply for permanent work permits. Foreign students at Turkish universities will be allowed to work if they obtain a work permit from their employers. A “turquoise card” will be issued to foreigners with higher education degrees, occupational experience or the potential to contribute to science and technology. An approval from the International Labor Force Policy Advisory Board is required in order to be considered for a “turquoise card.” After a three-year period, a holder may apply for an indefinite work permit. Worldwide Caution Security Message Worldwide Caution was issued by the Department of State to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U. S. citizens and interests throughout the world can be found here. Holidays U. S. Mission offices will be closed on the following American and Turkish holidays: October 28-29 Friday-Saturday- Turkish Independence Day (from 13:00 on 10/28, Friday) November 11 Friday-Veterans Day November 24 Thursday-Thanksgiving Day December 26 Monday-Christmas Day (observed) Contact Information Ankara: 110 Ataturk Boulevard Tel: (90) (312) 455-5555 Fax: (90) (312) 468-6131 https://tr.usembassy.gov/ Istanbul: Uc Sehitler Sokak No. 2, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer Tel: (90) (212) 335-9000 Fax: (90) (212) 335-9102 https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/istanbul/ Adana: Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir Tel: (90)(322) 455-4100 Fax (90)(322) 455-4141 http://adana.usconsulate.gov https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/adana/ Izmir Consular Agent [email protected]
  8. October 24, 2016 The U. S. Department of State continues to warn U. S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U. S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country. The U. S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect recent threat reporting cited in the Turkish media and to advise on the ban on demonstrations in Ankara province. This replaces the Travel Warning dated September 23, 2016. U. S. citizens should still carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time. The Governor of Ankara, acting under the authority of the recently-extended state of emergency, and on the basis of reported terrorist threats against cities in Turkey, has banned all demonstrations in Ankara province until November 30. The Department continues to monitor the effects of the ongoing State of Emergency; recent terrorist incidents in Ankara, Istanbul, Gaziantep, and throughout the Southeast; recurring threats; visible increases in police or military activities; and the potential for restrictions on movement as they relate to the safety and well-being of U. S. citizens in Turkey. Delays or denial of consular access to U. S. citizens detained or arrested by security forces, some of whom also possess Turkish citizenship, continue. Foreign and U. S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations in Turkey. In the past year, extremists have carried out attacks in France, Belgium, Germany, Mali, Bangladesh, Tunisia, and Turkey. Additional attacks in Turkey at major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and transportation hubs, including aviation services, metros, buses, bridges, bus terminals and sea transport, could occur. Extremists have also threatened to kidnap and assassinate Westerners and U. S. citizens. U. S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans, monitor local news for breaking events, and remain vigilant at all times. U. S. Government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, and Elazig. In particular, the U. S. Mission to Turkey may prohibit movements by its personnel to these areas on short notice for security reasons, including threats and demonstrations. Due to recent acts of violence, such as the August 20 suicide bombing in Gaziantep, the September 12 bombing in Van, and the potential for reprisal attacks due to continued Turkish military activity in Syria, U. S. citizens are urged to defer travel to large, urban centers near the Turkish/Syrian border. Finally, the Government of Turkey has closed its border with Syria. Border crossings from Syria into Turkey are prohibited, even if the traveler entered Syria from Turkey. Individuals seeking emergency medical treatment or safety from immediate danger are assessed on a case by case basis. For your safety: Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, in particular large, urban centers near the Turkish/Syrian border. Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations. Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists. Stay away from political gatherings and rallies. Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency. Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place. Monitor local media. 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 help us 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. The 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 [email protected] 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) Follow us on Twitterand Facebook
  9. Some good information in this warning, and not just for Gaziantep: There are reports of a police investigation into a terror cell in Gaziantep. The information suggests the terrorists are possibly targeting shopping centers, Starbucks, Big Chef Restaurants and or other businesses catering to Western customers. U. S. citizens in Gaziantep are advised to exercise caution when patronizing these sorts of businesses and to avoid them if possible. The U. S. Department of State continues to warn U. S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. The Department continues to monitor the effects of the ongoing state of emergency; recent terrorist incidents in Ankara, Istanbul, Gaziantep and throughout the southeast. Foreign and U. S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations in Turkey. As stated in the Worldwide Caution dated September 9, 2016, extremists throughout Europe, to include Turkey, have targeted large sporting events, restaurants, cafes, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate as well as religious sites and high-profile events. Most recently, they have threatened to kidnap and assassinate Westerners and U. S. citizens. U. S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans, monitor local news for breaking events, and remain vigilant at all times. We strongly encourage U. S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security. 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  10. As the situation in Turkey stabilizes, U. S. Embassy Ankara strongly encourages U. S. citizens to use extreme caution in leaving your residence or hotel to conduct essential errands or business. Due to the potential for pro-government rallies and the possibility of clashes, the U. S. Embassy advises to conduct such business during daylight hours. U. S. citizens intending to travel by air to or from Istanbul or Ankara should be aware that Istanbul and Ankara airports have not yet returned to full operating capacity. Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice to airmen (NOTAM) dated July 15, 2016, 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. Please contact your airline for the latest flight information. The U. S. Embassy reminds U. S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Monitor media reports. The Mission will share further information as it becomes available. We encourage you to closely monitor our Turkey Crisis Page for additional information. 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 at [email protected]‎. 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 at [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  11. U. S. Embassy Ankara informs U. S. citizens that routes to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport are open; however, we are still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire. Security at Ataturk airport is significantly diminished and U. S. government employees have been instructed not to attempt to travel to and from Ataturk airport. Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice to airmen (NOTAM) dated July 15, 2016, 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 third country. U. S. citizens are advised to seek shelter in safe places. Avoid unnecessary travel. Monitor media reports. The Mission will share further information as it becomes available. We encourage you to closely monitor our Turkey Crisis Page for additional information. · To provide us with information about an injured or missing U. S. citizen who is in Turkey, you may: o Visit Task Force Alert and select “2016 Turkey Unrest” o Contact the Department of State at [email protected]‎. o 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 at [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  12. The U. S. Mission in Turkey advises American citizens that military operations are underway in Ankara and could occur in other parts of the country. American citizens are advised to seek shelter in safe places. Avoid unnecessary travel. Monitor media reports. The Mission will share further information as it becomes available. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Turkey’s Travel Warning, 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  13. Old news now, but posting this from the US Embassy anyway: U. S. Embassy Ankara informs U. S. citizens that shots fired and explosions have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, the Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed. Martial law and a curfew have been imposed in Turkey. All flights at Ataturk Istanbul Airport have been suspended. We urge U. S. citizens to contact family and friends to let them know you are safe. We have seen reports that social media is blocked, but you can contact friends and family by email, telephone, or SMS. We encourage U. S. citizens to shelter in place and do not go the U. S. Embassy or Consulates at this time. Monitor local press for updates, avoid areas of conflict, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of any military or security forces. For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Turkey’s Travel Warning, 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  14. The U. S. Embassy in Ankara informs U. S. citizens that the U. S. government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey. The U. S. Embassy reminds U. S. citizens that foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist organizations, and advises U. S. citizens to be mindful of the potential for danger in crowded public areas and at popular tourist destinations. 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  15. The U. S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U. S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya. Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas. For your personal safety, we urge you to monitor local media. 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 [email protected] 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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Please note this distribution list does not accept replies. Note: The timestamp on this e-mail message may reflect Washington, D. C., time, which may differ from local time.
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