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Embassy warnings and alerts

KatieBelliel
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KatieBelliel

One of the many alerts we get every few hours or so. I have to say the U.S. Embassy has been much better about sending us alerts than they were during the Gezi protests in 2013. A big thank you!

Embassy warnings and alerts

In particular, this most recent message has us worried:

"Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice to airmen (NOTAM) dated July 15, 2016, following the launch of an unsuccessful military coup in Turkey, U.S. airline carriers are currently prohibited from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. All airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, are currently prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via a third country.

The Department of State extended its March 29, 2016 ordered departure of family members of U.S. Government personnel posted to the U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. Government civilians in Izmir province through July 26, 2016. The Department of State terminated its March 29, 2016 ordered departure declaration for Mugla province. The U.S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will continue to provide all routine consular services."

So, even if we want to leave, we can't do it direct from Turkey... Leading many of us to make emergency plans to ferry to a nearby Greek island and fly back to the U.S. In a roundabout way if necessary. Hopefully it won't be, but we are making plans just in case.