Published On: 17 Korrik, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Security

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that routes to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport are open; however, we are still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire. Security at Ataturk airport is significantly diminished and U.S. government employees have been instructed not to attempt to travel to and from Ataturk airport.

Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) dated July 15, 2016, U.S. airline carriers are prohibited from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. All airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, are prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via third country.

U.S. citizens are advised to seek shelter in safe places. Avoid unnecessary travel. Monitor media reports. The Mission will share further information as it becomes available.

We encourage you to closely monitor our Turkey Crisis Page for additional information.

To provide us with information about an injured or missing U.S. citizen who is in Turkey, you may:

  • Visit Task Force Alert and select “2016 Turkey Unrest”
  • Contact the Department of State
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.

For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel:


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