Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Istanbul (Turkey), Consulate Staff Encouraged to Limit Non-Essential Travel in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul advises U.S. citizens in Istanbul that it has encouraged its staff to consider limiting non-essential travel throughout the city, especially to public areas or sites frequented by westerners and/or foreigners. Extremist organizations may seek to take advantage of the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt to conduct near-term terrorist attacks. Private U.S. citizens are again reminded to review the Turkey travel warning and security messages on Consulate Istanbul's website, adjust their personal security plans, and remain vigilant at all times.

For your safety:

� Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.

� Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.

� Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.

� Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.

� Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.

� Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures in place.

� Ensure readily accessible means of communication in the event of an emergency

� Monitor local media.

Source: OSAC