US military expands travel restrictions to 'Sometimes NATO Ally' Turkey. (Stripes).
U.S. Army Europe has implemented a ban on travel to Turkey by Defense Department personnel given growing security concerns in the country.
All military and civilian workers, including those with dual citizenship, are prohibited from unofficial travel through Nov. 9, USAREUR announced on its Facebook page.
Official travel requires general officer approval.
After Nov. 9, unofficial and official travel — including ship-to-shore travel from cruises in Turkey — will also require general officer approval, USAREUR said.
In addition, DOD employees traveling in Turkey “should avoid public protests, demonstrations, rallies or other large gatherings to the greatest extent possible,” USAREUR said. “They should remain alert to suspicious behavior and be aware of their surroundings at all times.”
The decision expands travel restrictions already in place.
Since August, the military has restricted all travel to southeastern Turkey, where general officer approval has been required for official and unofficial visits.
“Before making travel plans to Turkey, whether for official reasons or vacation, DOD personnel should talk to their organization’s security or antiterrorism officers,” USAREUR said. Read the full story here.