Turkey Travel Advisory
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Turkey Travel Advisory Due To Possible Coup

Department of State Issues a Turkey Travel Advisory

The following comes directly from the Department of State website:

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that shots have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed.  The Turkish Government states that elements of the Turkish army are attempting an uprising, security forces are taking action to contain it, and some buildings are under blockade.

U.S. citizens in the area should contact family and friends to let them know you are safe.  We have seen reports that social media is blocked, but you can contact friends and family by email, telephone, or SMS.  Shelter in place and do not go the U.S. Embassy or Consulates at this time.  Monitor local press for updates, avoid areas of conflict, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of any military or security forces.Department of State

In other words, don’t do anything to draw attention to yourself; be safe.

Possible Coup?

Take all travel advisories seriously. There are armed troops in the street, gun fire and military vehicles and aircraft strategically  targeting soft targets.

I wish all of our expats and the citizens in the Republic of Turkey safety and a quick resolution to the current state of affairs.

Travel Internationally?

I encourage you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. I maintain enrollment for all countries I have been to or have an interest in to ensure I have the most up-to-date information from the DoS. This helps when planning to travel overseas.

The current Turkey travel advisory is a great example of how to stay informed when you are away from a traditional news source.