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U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Travel to and from Egypt

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The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political and social unrest.  On January 30, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees.  Violent demonstrations have occurred inseveral areas of Cairo, Alexandria and other parts of the country, disrupting road travel between city centers and airports.  Disruptions in communications, including internet service, may occur. The Government of Egypt has imposed a curfew from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez until further notice, and U.S. citizens should obey curfew orders and remain indoors during curfew hours.

U.S. citizens currently in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they cansafely do so.  Cairo airport is open and operating, but flights may be disrupted and transport to theairport may be disrupted due to the protests.  Travelers should remain in contact with their airlines or tour operators concerning flight schedules, and arrange to arrive at the airport well before curfew hours. In the event of demonstrations, U.S. citizens in Egypt should remain in their residences or hotels until the situation stabilizes.

Security forces may block off the area around the U.S. Embassy during demonstrations, and U.S. citizens should not attempt to come to the U.S. Embassy or the Tahrir Square area at such times.  The U. S. Embassy is open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only until further notice.  Any change to Embassy hours will be posted on the Embassy website.  U.S. citizens in Egypt who require assistance, or those who are concerned that their U.S. citizen loved one in Egypt may require assistance, should contact the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo at, or at 1-202-501-4444.

U.S. is also encouraging U.S. citizens in Egypt to enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website:  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassyto contact them in case of emergency.


Written by MithrasLaw

January 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

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