Friday, January 25 will mark the two year anniversary of Egypt’s Revolution. The Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that opposition parties and movements are planning gatherings throughout the country in protest of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Significant turnout is anticipated for Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the area near the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis. In Alexandria, groups will likely converge on the area surrounding Al-Ibrahim mosque and Sidi Gaber in the downtown area. The likelihood of clashes with pro-government groups is diminished by announcements that Muslim Brotherhood supporters are not planning to gather in recognition of the anniversary. However, the high level of emotion surrounding the anniversary could lead to violence should extreme elements seek confrontation. The Egyptian government has urged calm but will deploy a heavy security presence throughout the country, particularly in those downtown areas prone to attract demonstrators.
Though the anniversary date on Friday January 25 will be the most significant day of protest activity over the long holiday weekend, U.S. citizens should elevate their level of awareness throughout the entire weekend (Thursday – Saturday). The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to carefully evaluate the nature of necessity of their travel and movements and to avoid the downtown areas of Cairo/Heliopolis and Alexandria.
As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.
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 Caution, Country Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.
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’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/USEmbassyCairoACS. 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. The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.