Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known as an e-visa). At the present time, U.S. citizens are no longer permitted to apply for e-visas online or upon arrival at a Turkish airport/land border. The suspension of visa services should not impact travelers who only transit an international airport in Turkey, such as Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, but if you are a U.S. citizen planning to enter the country, you must arrive with a valid Turkish visa.
U.S. citizens planning travel to Turkey and who have questions regarding this regulation should contact the closest Embassy or Consulate of Turkey, or monitor the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.gov.tr/default.en.mfa) .
As always, American citizens can find further information using the below resources:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and UAE Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, located at Airport Road at Rabdan (29th) Street, Embassy District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02 or AbuDhabiACS@state.gov. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +971-2-414-2200.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, located at Corner of Al Seef Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road or DubaiACS@state.gov. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +971-4-309-4000.
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