Turkey Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jun 28, 2016
Turkish media is reporting that possibly two or more explosive devices detonated at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at approximately 10:15pm local time June 28, 2016. Police and anti-terror teams are currently at the scene and there is no official announcement on the reason of the explosion(s) or the exact number of wounded. Entrance to and exit ?from the Airport have been prohibited. Flights have been suspended. All direct flights from Istanbul to the United States had departed prior to the attack at the airport. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the area around the airport and to avoid any police action that may be taking place throughout the city. Please check local media for the latest updates. We strongly urge U.S. citizens in Turkey to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of your safety.
U.S. citizens are urged to:
- Be aware of local events;
- Follow local authority instructions;
- Monitor local media further developments; and,
- Take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.
In this context, U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance in public and residential areas, and tourist destinations. Specific safety concerns should be addressed to Turkish law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all visitors to Turkey.
- U.S. citizens injured by the attacks should contact local emergency responders at 112 (ambulance) or 155 (police).
- U.S. citizens who are in need of emergency consular assistance should call the U.S. Consulate General Istanbul at (90) 212-335 90 00 or email at TurkeyEmergencyUSC@state.gov.
- You can alert us to U.S. citizens affected by the attack, including yourself, by visiting Task Force Alert, selecting “2016 Turkey” and providing as much information as possible.
- Those calling from outside of Turkey about a U.S. citizen loved one who is in Turkey and in need of assistance can also contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services by email at TurkeyEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747 (from within the United States) or 202-501-4444 (from overseas).