I am traveling business class with Turkish Airlines from LAX to Cape Town with a 5-hour layover at Ataturk. Can I proceed to the lounge without going through customs?

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    Which lounge were you hoping to reach?
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 20:51
  • Yes, just make sure you have your boarding pass for your connecting flight first, before you go upstairs. Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 20:53

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Yes, you may use the Turkish Airlines departure lounge in the transit zone. It is specifically built for transit passengers and doesn't require you to enter Turkey.

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