Turkey has strengthened security controls at its border entry and exit points, including Istanbul airport, stated to the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in the Turkish capital. The consulate warned citizens of Uzbekistan about heightened scrutiny and restrictions.

The consulate noted that security measures, particularly targeting individuals aged 20−35, have been intensified at Istanbul airport. Reports indicate that individuals whose behavior raised suspicion among migration officials underwent interviews and had their personal cell phones checked.

Individuals suspected of terrorism, human trafficking and other crimes, as well as those caught attempting to transport prohibited goods, are classified as “passengers whose entry into Turkey is undesirable” and are promptly sent back to their home country without entry into the Turkish territory.

In January-February, 163 Uzbek citizens were denied entry to Turkey, with 54 of them having previous offenses during their visits, resulting in entry bans.

The agency has received complaints from Uzbekistan citizens regarding rough treatment by police officers at Istanbul airport.

“All complaints and objections from citizens have been forwarded to Turkish authorities through diplomatic channels, and discussions with authorized organizations are ongoing. At the same time, we ask our citizens to respect local laws and fully comply with them. Those who have been previously deported for violating the law are advised to inquire at the Turkish diplomatic missions in Tashkent and Samarkand regarding any potential entry bans for them,” the report noted.

Several women accused of human trafficking have been deported from Turkey since the beginning of the year, including Munisakhon Alijonova, Nilufar Mirkhanova, known as “Madame Claude”, as well as Dilnoza Umarova and Mavludakhon Ulmasova.

Fakhriddin Shakarboyev, 58, and Humoyunbek Mardonov, 31, who were wanted on charges of financial crimes, were also extradited from Turkey.