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)
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