Mali, Turkey, three Arab states subject of State Dept. updates

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.
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