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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cairo (Egypt), Avoid Identifiable Places of Worship for Next Two Weeks

Near East > Egypt; Near East > Egypt > Alexandria; Near East > Egypt > Cairo

In light of recent terrorist attacks targeting religious institutions in Alexandria and Tanta (a city about 50 miles north of Cairo) and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency by the government of Egypt, U.S. Mission personnel have been advised to avoid identifiable places of worship for the next two weeks. U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened state of alert, avoiding crowds and public gatherings, at all times while in Egypt, and are reminded that the Egypt Travel Warning issued by the Department of State on December 23, 2016 remains in effect. 

For further information:

·      See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and 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 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,

·      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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