WASHINGTON -- The State Department updated its consular information
sheets on five countries, as follows:
Mali: Nonessential travel in northern Mali and to any isolated
area in the country should be avoided. Due to safety concerns, U.S.
citizens should avoid traveling on Air Mali, the department
said.Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates: The Defense Department
recommends that its personnel use airlines other than Gulf Air for
official travel, pending completion of an investigation of an Aug.
23 crash of a Gulf Air flight in the Persian Gulf.Turkey: Travelers who need visas may purchase a sticker visa at
the port of entry for $45. "All travelers are advised to obtain
entry stamps at the first port of entry on the passport page
containing their visa prior to transferring to domestic flights,"
the State Department said.