share
by Loren G. Edelstein | July 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of State issued a Turkey Travel Warning on July 16. The advisory states, in part:

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. In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time. This replaces the Travel Warning dated June 27, 2016.

Per the Federal Aviation Administration's notice to airmen (NOTAM), dated July 15, 2016, following the launch of an unsuccessful military coup in Turkey, U.S. airline carriers are currently prohibited from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. All carriers, regardless of country of registry, are currently prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via a third country.

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. 
  • Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.
  • Monitor local media.

The full warning can be found here.

Also on July 16, the U.S. Embassy Ankara, in Turkey, issued the following security notice: 

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.