The U.S. Embassy in Turkey issued a security alert on October 23, saying that the mission received some credible reports of possible coming terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey.
The embassy advised these people to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls. The embassy said in the statement that ‘’all American Citizen and visa services at U.S. Mission in Turkey’s facilities (including U.S. Embassy-Ankara, U.S. Consulate General-Istanbul, U.S. Consulate-Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency-Izmir) will be temporarily suspended. Individuals with scheduled appointments will be notified by email with instructions on how to reschedule their appointments.’’
They are advised to take the following actions:
- Exercise caution and remain vigilant.
- Avoid crowds.
- Keep a low profile.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by foreigners.
- Monitor local media for updates.
For more assistance, the following agencies are ready to help:
- U.S. Embassy (Ankara, Turkey)
110 Ataturk Boulevard
- U.S. Consulate General (Istanbul, Turkey)
Poligon Mahallesi, Sariyer Caddesi No: 75
İstinye 34460 Sariyer- Istanbul / Turkey
- U.S. Consulate (Adana, Turkey)
Girne Bulvari No:212 Guzelevler Mah.
Yuregir, Adana – TÜRKİYE
- U.S. Consular Agency (Izmir, Turkey)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444