Egypt Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 06, 2011
This replaces the Travel Warning for Egypt dated February 1, 2011. The U.S. Department of State continues to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Egypt at this time. On February 1, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members from Egypt. U.S. citizens should consider leaving Egypt as soon as they can safely do so, due to ongoing political and social unrest. Large-scale demonstrations with the potential for violence continue in several areas of the country, and there are periodic overland travel disruptions. The Government of Egypt has modified the curfew several times; hours are now 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. throughout Egypt until further notice. U.S. citizens should obey curfew orders and remain indoors during curfew hours.
U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt should proceed to the airport and secure commercial passage out of the country. Cairo airport is open and operating, and commercial airlines are reporting flight availability from Cairo. Commercial flights are also operating from Luxor, Alexandria, and Aswan airports. Given the current availability of commercial flights, no additional U.S. government-chartered flights are planned. Travelers with the means to do so should make every effort to utilize commercial flights. Some commercial airlines also offer pet transport. 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. Do not wait for a reply from the embassy or the Department of State before traveling to the nearest airport; further delay is not advised.
Male dual Egyptian – U.S. nationals who have not completed military service and have stayed in Egypt for more than six months are required to obtain an exemption certificate through the Ministry of Defense Draft Office before they can leave Egypt. The Ministry of Defense Draft Office reports they are open daily to provide exemption certificates.
The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. U.S. citizens who are near demonstrations should remain in their residences or hotels until the demonstrations subside. 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 during that time. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. U.S. citizens should carry identification and a cell phone that works in Egypt.
The U.S. Embassy will be open only for emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice. Visit the embassy website at http://egypt.usembassy.gov to check the latest changes to embassy hours or services. Family members of U.S. citizens in Egypt may also enroll them in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens in Egypt, or their loved ones, may contact the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo via email to [email protected], or at 1-202-501-4444. Please follow the directions on the embassy website for all other consular inquiries.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at www.travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Egypt Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1- 888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300.