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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from greenstein in Travel Advisory: Turkey - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Travel Advisory: Turkey - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message for US Citizens: Turkey Travel Warning   
    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)
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in American Outlook Newsletter, 10/27/2016   
    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]
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Ankara on October 29   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Republic Day Gatherings in Izmir on October 29   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message: Update on Potential Terrorist Operations in Istanbul   
    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
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in U.S. Embassy Ankara Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep September 21, 2016   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from greenstein in U.S. Embassy Ankara Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats Against Western Businesses in Gaziantep September 21, 2016   
    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).
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from greenstein in Embassy of the United States of America Ankara, Turkey Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update July 16, 2016   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message from US State Department: Worldwide Travel Caution - UPDATE - 03 March 2016   
    The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.
    S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.
    S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 29, 2015.    
    In August 2014, after the United States and regional partners commenced military action against ISIL, ISIL called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are.  Authorities believe there is a continued likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.
    S., Western, and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.
    U.
    S. citizens continue to be at risk of kidnappings and hostage events as ISIL, al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates attempt to finance their operations through kidnapping-for-ransom operations.  U.
    S. citizens have been kidnapped and murdered by members of terrorist and violent extremist groups.  ISIL, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are particularly effective with kidnapping for ransom and are using ransom money to fund their activities.
    Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.
    S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.  In the past year, major extremist attacks occurred in countries including Tunisia, France, Nigeria, Belgium, Turkey, Egypt, and Mali.  
    U.
    S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.  Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems, aviation, and maritime services.
    U.
    S. citizens considering maritime travel also should review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Administration, and the U.
    S. Coast Guard for information related tomaritime and port security globally.  Current areas of concern include the Caribbean, Gulf of Guinea, Horn of Africa, and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore ‎as a result of maritime crimes including smuggling, human trafficking, and piracy.
    The information provided below offers select regional or country examples.  Please check travel.state.gov for additional information.

    EUROPE:  Credible information indicates terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Qa’ida and its affiliates continue to plot near-term attacks in Europe.  All European countries remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
    European authorities continue to warn of the possibility of attacks conducted by lone individuals inspired by extremist organizations that could occur with little to no warning.  Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate.  Authorities believe there is a high likelihood terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq.  European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in US Embassy Travel Warning - March 17th 2016   
    The U.
    S. Department of State warns U.
    S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.  Due to threats from international and indigenous groups, U.
    S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated February 29, 2016.
    Recent terrorist attacks from international and indigenous groups 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.  There have been incidents of cross-border shelling from Syria into Turkey.  
    For your safety:
    ·         Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.  
    ·         Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.
    ·         Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.  
    ·         Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.
    ·         Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
    ·         Monitor local media.
    Travel restrictions remain in place 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. Additionally, the following neighborhoods in Adana:  Sakirpasa, Gulbahcesi, Daglioglu, Barbaros, Anadolu, Ondokuzmayis.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nevruz Celebrations March 18, 2016   
    U.
    S. Embassy Ankara informs U.
    S. citizens that in light of recent events and the upcoming Nevruz holidays, citizens should be mindful of their security precautions.  Nevruz celebrations are anticipated in various locations throughout Turkey on March 17-21.  Local authorities have banned large gatherings during select dates over the Nevruz period citing security concerns.  Celebrations in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Adana are expected to take place Sunday, March 20. The celebration in Diyarbakir, traditionally the site of the largest Nevruz festivities, is currently scheduled for March 21.  The entire period is expected to see festivities that could be large and/or spontaneous.
    Nevruz is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring.  Public Nevruz observances typically involve roadside bonfires in addition to large celebrations. Nevruz has political as well as social connotations, and in some recent years has been a flashpoint for spontaneous demonstrations.   
    Demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  We advise U.
    S. citizens to continue to avoid political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations and to exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and follow local authority instructions.
    The U.
    S. Embassy also reminds individuals that terrorist organizations have targeted transportation hubs, Turkish government facilities, and public spaces in the recent past. 
     
     
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Bombing on Istiklal Street, Istanbul, March 19 2016   
    According to media reports, a bomb has exploded on Istiklal Avenue in the Taksim area of Istanbul.  There are reported injuries and deaths, and emergency personnel and police have arrived at the scene.  For your personal safety, we urge you to avoid that area and to monitor local media.
    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.
     
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in US Embassy Travel Warning - March 29, 2016   
    The U.
    S. Department of State warns U.
    S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Effective March 29, 2016, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.
    S. government personnel posted to U.
    S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.
    S. government civilians in Izmir and Mugla provinces, and restricted official travel to Turkey to "mission-critical" travel only. The U.
    S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will provide all routine consular services. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated March 17, 2016. 

    Foreign and U.
    S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations. U.
    S. citizens are reminded to review personal security plans and remain vigilant at all times. U.
    S. government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, and Elazig. U.
    S. citizens should avoid areas in close proximity to the Syrian border.

    For your safety:
     
    Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border. Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations. Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists. Stay away from political gatherings and rallies. Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency. Monitor local media. Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.  
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Public Squares and Docks in Istanbul and Antalya, April 9, 2016   
    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).
     
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    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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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Credible Threats to Tourist Sites April 26, 2016   
    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.
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    Mr. Milton got a reaction from greenstein in Credible Threats to Tourist Sites April 26, 2016   
    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.
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