COVID-19 GUIDANCE & REPORTING PROCEDURES 

****THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO CONFIRMED CASES IN LANDCOM****

NATO Allied Land Command is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) around the world. The entire Leadership team is meeting regularly and completely focused on current and potential impacts to operations, and to our LANDCOM community here in Turkey.

The primary focus is to keep our service members, employees, and families safe by mitigating the spread of the disease through sensible preventative measures.

LANDCOM and affiliated medical experts are tracking the latest developments, and currently assess the risk to our force and families as low. However, the situation is dynamic and may change with little warning.  That is why we are planning for how the virus could affect LANDCOM personnel and families.

The dissemination of information during this time is critical, and equally critical is getting information from official sources. In addition to LC HQ All User Messages (AUM) and web/social media posts from official accounts, changes to base access or details on specific internal measures will be implemented by official orders. Please visit this site often for the latest information.

 CURRENT ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

Access to LANDCOM Headquarters (GVA), National Support Elements (NSE), and other NATO support facilities related to/affiliated with LANDCOM is in accordance with ordinary force protection measures. All individuals accessing GVA will have their forehead temperature checked and their names cross checked against recent leave/official travel rosters.

 POLICY CHANGES AND ORDERS

17 Mar 2020 - LANDCOM implements a reduced manning policy inside the GVA headquarters and authorizes home office work for some personnel. Division leaders and Senior National Representatives will manage personnel in compliance with the policy. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

9 March 2020 - All LANDCOM personnel returning from leave and/or official travel in Europe or overseas required to self-isolate for 14 days.

 CURRENT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN TURKEY

Local Restrictions

30 Mar 2020 -  Beaches and other park areas closed to picnics and similar gatherings as well as to joggers. Intercity travel by bus was also banned except in cases of emergency. Travelers by bus are now required to receive permits from their governorate. The government also ordered governorates to set up “pandemic boards” which will impose additional measures specific to the relevant city to contain the outbreak if needed. At least 12 towns were placed under quarantine. In all cities, police began checking body temperatures of occupants of vehicles arriving to or leaving the city. (source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/3dH5tqo

25 Mar 2020 - Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced new rules for grocery stores and public transportation to slow the spread of Coronavirus. These include limiting supermarkets’ operating hours to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and customers to one person per 10 square meters of floor space. Buses within towns and between cities are only allowed to sell tickets at half capacity under the decree. (source: Al-Monitor https://bit.ly/3avqqCN)

17 Mar 2020 - Restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, wedding and event venues, and indoors children’s play areas added to the list of closures due to COVID-19. (source: Anadolu Agency https://bit.ly/2UcmpfF)

16 Mar 2020 - Bars, discotheques and nightclubs across all 81 provinces of Turkey closed as of 10 a.m. as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. (source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/2IT5CsA)  

12 Mar 2020 - Starting Mar 16, elementary and secondary schools in Turkey will go on an early spring break, while universities will be closed for three weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/2TOpjZ3

Flight/Travel Restrictions

23 Mar 2020 - Turkey halts flights to 46 more countries over COVID-19, bringing the total to 68. The flight ban will include: Angola, Austria, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Czechia, China, Colombia, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Georgia, Hungary, India, Italy, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Montenegro, Mongolia, Morocco, Moldova, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Norway, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Oman, the Philippines, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Taiwan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, the U.K, Ukraine.

16 Mar 2020 - The health minister Fahrettin Koca said in a news briefing the country would also suspend flights to and from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. The flights will be stopped as of 8 a.m. local time on March 17.

15 Mar 2020 - Turkey suspended all flights to and from: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and South Korea. Foreign travelers physically present in these countries in the last 14 days are also barred from entering Turkey. Turkish citizens, including dual citizens, are exempt, but they could be subject to a quarantine requirement.

The Turkish government also closed its land borders with Iran and Iraq, as well as the Dilucu border crossing with Azerbaijan and the Sarp border crossing with Georgia.

Sources: Turkish Ministry of Health (https://hsgm.saglik.gov.tr/tr/bulasici-hastaliklar/2019-n-cov.html), US Embassy Turkey (https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/), New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-travel-restrictions.html)

For the latest restriction information pertaining to specific countries, contact Turkey’s International Embassy Calling Center:

+90 312 292 2929 (operator will connect callers to requested Embassy information offices)


 COVID-19 PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Coronavirus prevention Tips:

  1. Wash your hands often.
  2. Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  3. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough.
  5. Do not take antiviral drugs or antibiotics unless prescribed by the doctor.
  6. Clean the surfaces with chlorine or alcohol based disinfectants.
  7. Use the mask only if you suspect that you are sick or assist sick people.
  8. MADE IN CHINA products and parcels received from China are not dangerous.
  9. Contact your NSE Medical Professional or Duty Office if you have a fever or cough and have returned from COVID19 affected areas less than 14 days ago.
  10. Pets do not spread COVID-19. 

Protect yourself

Wash hands often particularly after coughing / sneezing; after caring for a sick person; during and after food preparation; before eating; after going to the bathroom; after touching animals or their droppings; or more generally when hands are dirty in any way. Wash your hands with soap and water (or if not available with 60% alcohol) for at least 60 seconds. Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. Clean surfaces with bleach, chlorine or 75% ethanol.

Protect others

In case of respiratory infection, when coughing or sneezing cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief or tissue. If no tissue or handkerchief is available, use the inside of the elbow. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. If you do sneeze or cough into your hands, be sure to wash your hands right away. Used tissues should be thrown away after use in an appropriate container.

 SPECIFIC REPORTING MEASURES FOR TURKEY-BASED, LANDCOM PERSONNEL AND FAMILIES

IN CASE OF CONTACT with a suspected case (cough and fever and generic "flu symptoms"), or if you are experiencing symptoms:

  • Keep a distance (at least 1 meter) from suspected case, and/or maintain distance from others to avoid contact. 
  • At a minimum, wear gloves and face mask (dpi protection devices).
  • Dispose of the PPE after use in an appropriate container.
  • Notify your Command, your Senior National Representative, and your NSE Medical Professional. You should also report any suspected cases amongst those you live with.
  • Monitor the onset of symptoms (in particular, dry cough, fever, mucous congestion, rhinitis and breathing difficulties) in the 14 days following contact, in particular by measuring body temperature twice a day (morning / evening).

 POINTS OF CONTACT*

HN Duty Officer/HQSO

  • Working hours: 0090 532 312 4188 (HQSO)
  • Out of hours: 0090 532 285 6445 (HN Duty Officer)
  • Email: LC BSG SES/HQSO/PM Head Aydin, OF-3 Ozgur.Aydin@lc.nato.int
OPCEN 

  • Working hours: 0090 530 575 8666
  • Out of hours: 0090 232 411 2727
  • Email: LC Duty NCO aoc-i.dutynco@lc.nato.int, LC OPCEN lcopcen@lc.nato.int, LC G3 CO Head Mosca, OF-4 Gianluca.Mosca@lc.nato.int, LC G3 CO Mudakha, OF-3 Philip.Mudakha@lc.nato.int

LC GMED

  • Working hours: 0090 232 411 1465/1453
  • Out of hours: 0090 505 367 3940
  • Email:  LC GMED Coord LCGMEDCoord.Office@lc.nato.int LC GMED PLAN Vogl, OF-4 Christian.Vogl@lc.nato.int

*Individuals must also contact their National Support Element medical personnel or duty officer

SERVICE CLOSURES & ADJUSTMENTS

425 ABS:

  • Closures. In alignment with Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs guidelines, concessionaire shops in the Izmir Consolidated Center (Barber/Stylist, furniture/gifts, carpets & tailor) are closed as of 22 March to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 

NATO Garrison Cash Cage:

  • Thurs: 0930-1130 & 1330-1430

ICC (Hilton) Club Cash Cage:

  • Wed & Fri: 0930-1130 & 1330-1430

Commissary/BX has adjusted hours (effective 24 March):  

  • Mon-Tues: Closed
  • Wed-Fri: 1300-1930
  • Sa-Su: 1000-1500

NATO GVA:

  • Barbershop, Gift Shops, Dry Cleaner, Alterations Shop: Temporarily closed
  • Bank: Temporarily closed
  • Building 75 Café: Operating normally (social distancing)
  • International Dining Hall (IDH): Operating normally (social distancing)
  • NATO Izmir Hall: Temporarily closed
  • Patisserie Café: Operating normally (social distancing)
  • PTT (Turkish Post Office): Temporarily closed
  • Sirinyer Bazaar: Operating normally








Search our content:

Address

HQ Allied Land Command
General Vecihi Akin Garrison
35380 Izmir
Turkey

Media Operations

Public Affairs Office
General Vecihi Akin Garrison
35380 Izmir
Turkey