The following comes directly from the Department of State website:
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.
The situation in Turkey went from bad to worse as reports come in that the Turkish army is taking to the street in what looks like a military coup. This isn’t the first ban, the FAA suspended flights to and from Istanbul in June after the Ataturk airport bombing.
This alert comes close on the heels of the military coup yesterday.
You can still go on Turkish Airlines and book a flight.
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.