Egypt Open Travel Advisory Remains

The United States issued a statement yesterday saying that Egypt is now open for travel but a travel advisory is still in effect.  Below is useful information if you will be travelling Egypt soon posted by the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Travel in Egypt

All airports, including the Cairo airport, are open and operating; commercial airlines report flight availability.   Travelers should remain in contact with their airlines or tour operators concerning flight schedules.   U.S. citizens who reside in Egypt should keep their travel documents up to date and maintain sufficient funds on hand to depart by air should security conditions change.

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 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, if moving about alone, a cell phone or other means of communication that works in Egypt. 

The U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens’ Services by appointment.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment.  Visit the Embassy website to check the latest changes to embassy hours or services.  U.S. citizens with routine phone inquiries may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services section at 2797-2301, Sunday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  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.  The U.S. Embassy is closed on U.S. federal holidays.  U.S. citizens in Egypt are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alert can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  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.  The American Presence Post (APP) in Alexandria is closed to the public until further notice.  U.S. citizens in Alexandria needing emergency consular services may come to the Consular Section in Cairo during the hours noted above.