What is the change? Germany has closed its missions in Ankara and Istanbul, citing evidence of planned attacks against German diplomatic posts.

What does the change mean? Immigration, travel and other consular services have been suspended until the missions reopen.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other immigration services.
  • Who is affected: Anyone seeking visas, permits or other services at a German mission in Turkey.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times will be slowed, particularly if the missions remain closed for a significant period of time.
  • Business impact: Delays could impact business travelers.
  • Next steps: The German government has not indicated when the missions will reopen, but they are expected to remain closed at least through Friday. BAL will continue to follow developments in Turkey and provide updates as needed.

Background: The decision to close German missions in Turkey Thursday came just days after an attack killed 37 people in Ankara, the Turkish capital. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement that the closures were based on concrete and serious evidence of possible attacks against German missions in Turkey. The German government also closed German schools in Turkey, and said security would be increased at both diplomatic missions and schools.

BAL Analysis: The closures could cause delays for those in need of visas, permits or other immigration services at German diplomatic posts in Turkey. The Foreign Minsitry urged travelers to follow the Federal Foreign Office’s travel and security advice.

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