US lifts restrictions for diplomatic dependents at İstanbul consulate, reiterates previous warnings

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The US State Department updated a travel warning to its citizens on Tuesday that terminated an October decision which directed family members of employees posted to the US Consulate General in İstanbul to depart Turkey temporarily and repeated a previous warning that “an increase in anti-American rhetoric has the potential to inspire independent actors to carry out acts of violence against US. citizens.”

According to the updated travel warning, the restrictions on travel by US government personnel to certain areas in southeast Turkey, including Adana, remain in place.

US. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey. Carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time, and avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent threat of terrorism. On March 27, the Department of State terminated its October 29, 2016, decision to direct family members of employees posted to the US. Consulate General in Istanbul to depart Turkey temporarily. However, there are restrictions on personal and official travel by US. government personnel and their family members traveling to and residing in Istanbul. Restrictions on travel by US. government personnel to certain areas in southeast Turkey, including Adana, remain. This replaces the travel warning dated January 25, 2017,” the advisory said.

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