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FTLO Travel Alerts

At FTLO, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our travelers, team, and the local communities we visit. For the countries we travel to, we monitor reliable sources of information like the U.S. State Department’s travel alerts to stay up to date on anything that might impact our ability to run trips in a safe way. 

For certain serious events, we will include information below about the situation and how it may affect travelers. We also encourage all travelers to sign up for the U.S State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates that allow them to make the most informed decisions about their travel plans. 

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The Global Covid Pandemic 


While the Covid situation has vastly improved in recent months, the virus does still exist. For more information on FTLO’s current policies and practices as well as those in place in the locations we visit, please review our Covid FAQs or the U.S. State Department’s country-specific fact sheet.



Posted: November 14, 2022


On Monday, November 13th, there was an explosion along Istiklal Avenue in central Istanbul, resulting in several casualties. One woman has been arrested in connection with the blast, which authorities suspect was carried out by Kurdish militants. 


Travelers visiting Turkey are advised by the U.S. government to exercise increased caution. More information can be found on the U.S. State Department website.


At this time, we have made no changes to our Turkey trips. We will continue to monitor the situation closely along with our on-the-ground partners in Istanbul, and will inform travelers on upcoming trips of any changes.

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