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Security Message: Cairo (Egypt) Demonstrations Planned

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This message is to alert U.S. citizens that local activists are calling for demonstrations in response to the departure of U.S. citizen NGO workers from Egypt after the lifting of a travel ban.  Demonstrations at the US Embassy last Friday, March 9, turned violent as rival groups clashed near the west entrance gate.  The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to avoid areas where large crowds are assembling, including the downtown area.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens caught unexpectedly near a march or demonstrations should try to depart the area or seek shelter in a safe place until the crowd has dispersed.


U.S. citizens should elevate their overall level of attentiveness and monitor local news broadcasts for updated information about locations of possible marches or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens visiting Cairo should seek information from their hotel or tour guide in planning their activities. 


The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide CautionCountry Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, including the current Travel Alert for Egypt, can be found.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.  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 of the United States and Canada, on 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). 


U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website,  For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 1:00 a.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 at 2797-3300.  Please refer to our Facebook page found at: American Citizen Services/US Embassy Cairo .The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.