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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cairo (Egypt), Terrorists Targeting Christian Community

Near East > Egypt > Cairo

Terrorists have attacked targets associated with the Christian community in Egypt.  Incidents have occurred in both urban and isolated settings.  Additional attacks may be possible.  The Egyptian Government has deployed police and military forces to protect Egyptian citizens and foreign visitors.

Until further notice, personnel assigned to the U.S. Mission in Egypt are prohibited from visiting religious sites outside greater Cairo.  U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Egypt should take prudent steps to enhance their personal security and strictly follow the security guidance available in the Travel Warning for Egypt issued by the Department of State on December 23, 2016. 

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Travel Warning for Egypt, and Country Specific Information for Egypt.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.  For non-emergency inquiries, U.S. citizens may send an email to the American Citizens Services Unit at consularcairoacs@state.gov. For emergencies during and after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at +20-2-2797-3300. The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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