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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.

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January 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

Two Recent Changes in US Immigration Law

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 Two major changes  that have taken place in January 2009 with respect to non-US citizens and International Tourists from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries arriving to or departing from the United States are:

(1) International visitors from VWP countries like United Kingdom now require to obtain a “pre-clearance” prior to initiating travel to the United States; and

(2) Expansion of the US-Visit program, which requires all non-US Citizens to provide biometrics upon arrival in, or departure from, the United States at air or sea ports of entry.  

For more details,  see our attorney, Hanishi Ali’s article published here:

Are you planning to cross the US Border from Canada on the Columbus Day weekend?

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If you are planning to cross the border this weekend into the United States, make sure you have all the proper documentation and plan your trip as to avoid peak travel times between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is anticipating heavy traffic during the celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving on October 13th.

All travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, are now asked to present proof of citizenship and identity when entering the United States at land and sea ports of entry. This requirement can be met with a passport, NEXUS frequent crosser card, an enhanced British Columbia or Washington State driver’s license, or a birth certificate with a driver’s license. Travelers ages 18 and under may present just a birth certificate.

Also it is advisable to review the “Know before you Go” regulations at for additional information concerning your trip into the United States.

Written by MithrasLaw

October 9, 2008 at 5:10 pm

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