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 based on the protective measures we have in place. 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.

 HOW TO GET YOUR MASK FROM TURKISH GOVERNMENT

GET YOUR MASK HERE.

Based on the decision of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey, masks will be provided to our citizens free of charge via ePttAVM.com online. Non-Turkish LANDCOM personnel should use their Turkish ID number when applying.

Citizens have the right to buy “1” pack of masks (5 pieces) every week.

  CLICK TO GET IT!

 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 may have 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 Mar 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

23 June - Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask. Anyone found not wearing a mask in cities where they are compulsory will be fined TL 900 ($131) (Source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/2ZC1w1u)

Past Restrictions

20 - 28 June - Limited lockdown in effect for the next two weekends. On June 20 and 27 there will be lockdown from 9:30 am to 3 pm. On June 28 the lockdown will occur from 9 am to 6 pm. During the lockdown, bakeries, markets, grocery stores, and butchers will remain open. Workplaces that carry out activities related to the production, transportation and sales of medicines, medical devices, medical masks, and disinfectants will also remain open along with animal shelters, hotels, fuel stations, logistics companies and intercity public transports.(Source: Anadolu Agency https://bit.ly/30XsT72)

1 June - Turkey lifts nearly all restrictions as outbreak subsides. Restaurants, cafes, patisseries, cafes, tea gardens, swimming pools, parks and a variety of other places will open today, June 1, while the last inter-city travel curbs have been removed as Turkey enters the phase of “new normal” amid the coronavirus outbreak. Excluded for now are places of entertainment. Some restrictions will remain in place on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18. Children under age 18 can go out on Wednesdays and Fridays between 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children under the age of 18 would be allowed to travel in and between cities with their parents. Permits are no longer be required for inter-city public transportation vehicles. (Source: Hürriyet Daily https://bit.ly/36OCWMF)

23-26 May - Turkey will impose a 4-day nationwide lockdown over the Eid al-Fitr holiday between as part of measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic. Travel restrictions will be extended across 15 of Turkey's provinces for 15 days.

11 May - Izmir remains restricted and will be under a 4-day partial curfew beginning Friday midnight (15 May). People over 65 years will be allowed to leave their homes, remaining within walking distance and wearing masks, on May 17 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. Children under 14 years will be allowed out on May 20 and 22 during the same hours, also within walking distance and wearing masks. (Source Anadolu Agency https://bit.ly/2Ac2LKj)

5 May - President Erdoğan announces first steps toward coronavirus easing restrictions.  While travel restrictions are lifted for 7 cities across the country, Izmir is expected to be restricted for two more weeks.  Turkey will reopen barber shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, and some shopping malls starting May 11. People over age 65 will be allowed to go outside for four hours a day on May 10. On May 13, children up to age 14 will be able to go out within walking distance of their houses from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., and people age 15-20 will be able to go out on May 15 under the same conditions. Barbershops, hairdressers, and beauty salons will open May 11. (Source: Anadolu Agency https://bit.ly/2L0NZs6)

1-3 May - Country-wide curfew starting on the Labor Day holiday (Friday) and ending midnight on Sunday, 3 May.  Unless people are on official business, all citizens are required to remain indoors at all times unless they are seeking medical care or buying food. Anticipate weekend restrictions to last for the duration of May through to the end of Ramadan.

23-26 April - A phased curfew to be implemented across 31 provinces in Turkey, including Izmir. On 23-24 April, markets and convenience stores will be open to citizens/residents ages 20-65 years old from 0900-1400 (walking only, no personal vehicles will be allowed). These markets and convenience stores are also able to provide home delivery.  From the start of Ramadan on 24 April until midnight on 26 April, restaurants will be open for home delivery only, and all citizens/residents will be restricted to their homes.   

11-12 & 18-19 Apr 2020 - Izmir will implement a province-wide curfew to last for 48 hours over the weekend. Unless people are on official business, all citizens are required to remain indoors at all times unless they are seeking medical care or buying food. 

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

11 June - International flights from Turkey resume. Flights resumed on Thursday to several countries, including Germany, Britain and the Netherlands. Passenger entry into the terminals is strictly regulated, with officials checking temperatures at the entrance and only allowing passengers with valid tickets to step inside. (Source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/2Yrurn1)

11 June - Turkey eases border restrictions for travel. Exit, entry to Turkey lifted except land border transits with Iran. Turkish and foreign nationals who enter Turkey will go through health checks. Entries and exits will be in line with measures taken by Interior, Health and Transport ministries. (Source: Anadolu Agency https://bit.ly/2XTZCIA

4 June - Turkey resumes limited domestic flights. Turkish Airlines and Sun Express, its joint venture with Lufthansa, announced they would restart domestic flights on Thursday, June 4, and international flights in mid-June. (Source: Daily Sabah https://bit.ly/2XTRGGe)

Previous 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 AIRBASE SQUADRON SUPPORT ACTIVITY:

NATO Garrison Finance/Cash Cage -

  • Mon-Fri: 0930-1130 & 1300-1400

ICC (Hilton) Club Cash Cage -

  • Wed & Fri: 0930-1130 & 1330-1430

Commissary/BX/Barbershop/Giftshops have adjusted hours* (effective 13 June) 

  • Tues: 1000-1800
  • Wed - Fri: 1130-1930
  • Sat - Sun: 1000-1800

NATO GVA

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

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