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Security Alert: Ankara (Turkey), Ongoing Terrorism Threat During the Holiday Season

Location:  Turkey, countrywide


Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Turkey remain heightened due to the existence of terrorist groups, inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe, who continue plotting possible attacks on Turkey.  Terrorists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners.


Actions to Take:

·        Exercise additional vigilance at holiday festivals and events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.

  •  Review your personal security plans.
  •  Be aware of your surroundings.
  •  Monitor local media for updates.


·        U.S. Embassy, Ankara 



·        U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul



·        U.S. Consulate, Adana



·        U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir


·        State Department – Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

·        Worldwide Caution

·        Turkey’s Country Page

·       Turkey’s Travel Advisory

·        Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts

·        Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook


·        Visit Mission Turkey’s website and social media accounts:

Embassy Ankara: Twitterand Facebook

Consulate General Istanbul: Twitterand Facebook

Consulate Adana: Facebook



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