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Turkey Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 20, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul and the U.S. Consulates in Adana and Izmir. Due to heightened tensions and increased security concerns resulting from the current situation in the region, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Turkey. U.S. citizens in Turkey should consider departing. This Travel Warning supersedes the Public Announcement of March 17, 2003.

On March 19, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel, on a voluntary basis, at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, and the U.S. Consulates in Adana and Izmir. The departure on a voluntary basis of family members of U.S. Government employees in Adana was authorized on March 17, 2003. These facilities remain open to provide the full range of services to American citizens and the general public.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Turkey despite this warning should register at the nearest U.S. Consular office and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in Turkey. Americans in Turkey should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. Americans should remain vigilantly aware of surroundings, avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile, vary times and routes for all travel, and ensure that travel documents are current. American citizens should not attempt to cross the border into Iraq.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 466-5684. Additional information may be found on the Embassy website at ankara.usembassy.gov. The Embassy maintains an English language hotline providing information on current travel conditions in Turkey at (90)(312) 455-5555 ext. 5009.

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, is located at 104-108 Mesrutiyet Caddesi. The telephone number is (90)(212) 251-3602, fax (90)(212) 252-7851. Additional information may be found on the consulate website at istanbul.usconsulate.gov.

The U.S. Consulate in Adana is at the corner of Vali Yolu and Ataturk Caddesi, tel: (90)(322) 459-1551, fax (90)(322) 457-6591.

The U.S. Consulate in Izmir can be reached at (90)(232) 464-8755.

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Turkey and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are located on the Department's internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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