Over the past few hours, the USA and Turkey have banned the issuance of travel visas that effectively bans American citizens from entering Turkey, and vice versa.   Turkey issued their ban hours ago after the USA instituted the ban earlier on Monday (October 9).

This comes as part of the American protest over the arrest of a Turkish citizen who worked for the US Embassy in Ankara.  The Turks claim the employee has links to Fethullah Gulen, an individual that Turkey believes is behind terrorist attacks within their borders.

Typically, Americans traveling to Turkey simply buy their Visas at the airport in Istanbul or other points of entry and proceed to enter the country with no problem.  However, as a result of this suspension this is no longer possible and Americans traveling to Turkey in the near term will not be allowed to enter the country.   This ban applies to the online Turkish E-Visa system as well.

Turkish Airline flights between the USA and Turkey have not been impacted thus far.   No US based carrier flies to Turkey.

The situation is quite fluid so expect more updates.