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Turkey Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 01, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit being held in Istanbul June 27-29. There is potential for large-scale public gatherings, tight security that may hamper free movement, and possible large-scale anti-American protests in highly visited sections of Istanbul in late June 2004, in the days leading up to and in conjunction with this event. This Public Announcement expires July 6, 2004.

From June 27-29, the Government of Turkey will host the NATO Summit in Istanbul. Preliminary NATO meetings and non-governmental organization (NGO) and student events beginning as early as June 24 will precede the NATO Summit. Several thousand official participants will be joined by large numbers of NGOs, students, and other groups. Several groups have stated their intent to attempt to disrupt the NATO Summit by staging anti-American protests at locations throughout Istanbul.

Americans traveling in Istanbul should avoid the area of the NATO Summit. Security will be extremely tight, disrupting movement of people and traffic throughout the city. Americans should also avoid demonstrations, bearing in mind that in the past, similar demonstrations have sometimes turned violent. Traffic and public transportation in the vicinity of the protests are also likely to be affected.

Large-scale public events such as these could be the focus of terrorist acts or other forms of violence. U.S. citizens planning to attend or participate in any large-scale public gatherings despite this Public Announcement are advised to use caution and be alert to their surroundings at all times. The presence of unattended bags and any other suspicious occurrences should be promptly brought to the attention of the nearest police or security officials.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131. The Internet address is http://ankara.usembassy.gov. The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at Kaplicalar Mevkii Sokak No. 2, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, tel: (90) (212) 335-9000, fax (90) (212) 335-9102. Istanbul-specific information can also be accessed via the Consulate's website http://istanbul.usconsulate.gov/. The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana, Turkey. tel: 90)(322) 346-6262, fax (90)(322) 346-7916, web site at http://www.usconadana.org.tr/. The U.S. Consulate in Izmir can be reached at (90)(232) 464-8755.

Updated information on travel and security in Turkey may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, and by calling 1-317-472-2328 from overseas. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department's Consular Information Sheet for Turkey and current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

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