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Travel Warning for Turkey

July 27, 2016

Updated Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP has notified all coordinators and students of the revised United States Department of State Travel Warning for Turkey, issued July 26, 2016.

July 19, 2016 - Updated Turkey Travel Warning

On July 18, 2016, the United States Department of State revised their Travel Warning for Turkey. ISEP has notified all coordinators and students of this change, and continue to monitor the situation.

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 the resulting potential for interruptions to travel and daily life, we suggest U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time. This replaces the Travel Warning dated July 16, 2016.

Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations. As stated in the Worldwide Caution dated March 3, 2016, throughout Europe extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate as well as religious sites and high-profile events. 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 the 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.

On July 18, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration rescinded its July 15, 2016 notice to airmen (NOTAM) which was issued following the launch of an unsuccessful military coup in Turkey. The NOTAM prohibited U.S. airline carriers from flying to or from Turkish airports and all airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via a third country. Normal flight operations for all carriers between the United States and Turkey have resumed.

The Department of State extended its March 29, 2016 ordered departure of family members of U.S. Government personnel posted to the U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. Government civilians in Izmir province through July 26, 2016. The Department of State terminated its March 29, 2016 ordered departure declaration for Mugla province. The U.S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will continue to provide all routine consular services.

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.

June 27, 2016 - Updated Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Turkey by the United States Department of State on June 27, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Turkey. All ISEP Programs in Turkey continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs.

March 17, 2016 - Update: Travel Warning for Turkey

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning advising anyone traveling in and to Turkey to be attentive because of increased terror threats from international and indigenous groups. This replaces the travel warning of February 29, 2016.

February 29, 2016 - Updated Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the travel warning for Turkey issued by the United States Department of State on February 29, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Turkey. All ISEP programs in Turkey continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. We have notified all students on-site and their home coordinators and have provided them additional reminders regarding health and safety.

February 5, 2016 - Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Turkey by the United States Department of State on February 4, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Turkey. All ISEP Programs in Turkey continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs.

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