Below are the key sections and offices at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS)
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture protects the health of U.S. agriculture and natural resources against invasive pests and diseases, regulates genetically engineered crops, administers the Animal Welfare Act, and helps people and wildlife coexist. APHIS also certifies the health of U.S. agricultural exports and resolves phytosanitary and sanitary issues to open, expand, and maintain markets for U.S plant and animal products.
We help foreign government officials and industries build capacity to control, manage, and eradicate certain pests and diseases; establish and manage sustainable animal and plant health programs; and address plant and animal health trade barriers that could limit U.S. access to foreign markets.
The Consular Section provides routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens and visa services to Egyptians and other foreign citizens traveling to the United States.
The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit provides routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Egypt. If you are reporting an emergency such as the death, serious illness, injury, or arrest of a U.S. citizen, please call +20-2-2797-3300 for immediate assistance. U.S. citizens may wish to review information about routine U.S. citizen services or use the U.S. Citizen Services Navigator, which will ask a series of simple questions to direct you to online information on the most common topics OR provide instructions on how to contact us by email for less common questions and direct assistance.
The Nonimmigrant Visa and Immigrant Visa units are responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period (nonimmigrant visa) and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States (immigrant visa).
If you have questions about U.S. visas, please use our Visa Services Navigator to get answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions about nonimmigrant or immigrant visa services, please use our online contact form to contact the U.S. Embassy.
The U.S. Embassy Cairo is currently offering limited visa services due to the crisis in Gaza. If you have an emergency situation, please use our Visa Services Navigator to learn more and contact us. Please be aware there may be a delay in our response due to limited staffing. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.
The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilities an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.
The CBP office in Cairo serves Egypt.
CBP Attaché Cairo
APO, AE 09839-4900
Mailing Address from Outside the United States and Express Mail:
United States Embassy
8 Kamal El Din Salah Street
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
The Economic Section is responsible for the conduct of economic diplomacy between the U.S. and Egypt, reports on key economic developments, and assists in the promotion of American business and trade in Egypt. It also includes the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Office. The Economic Section works closely with other Embassy offices – particularly the Commercial Service and Foreign Agricultural Service – to promote U.S. business interests in Egypt.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
Foreign Commercial Service (FCS)
The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (CS) is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Whether you are looking to make your first international sale or expand to additional markets, we offer the expertise you need to connect with lucrative opportunities to increase your bottom line. CS Egypt also manages the Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, and Morocco Commercial Service offices and can help you connect with over 25 trade professionals region wide.
General Services Office
The Procurement unit of the General Services Office acquires supplies and services, including architectural engineering and construction, for the U.S. Embassy. Please visit the Contract Solicitations page for more information.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress Office, Cairo, Egypt, established in 1963, functions as a regional center for processing materials acquired from countries in the region of the Middle East and North Africa. Countries covered are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen.
The office acquires newly published books and revised editions of earlier works on all subjects as well as some materials in other formats, such as maps, DVDs, and CDs. Works are selected for the quality of scholarship, importance of subject and the extent to which the title adds to the knowledge of a subject or an event.
The office also places subscriptions for 3,815 serials and newspapers published in the region.
For more information, visit www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/cairo/.
Naval Medical Research Unit-No. 3 (NAMRU-3)
The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit-No. 3 (NAMRU-3) plays a key role in enhancing the health, safety and readiness of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and partner nation personnel throughout Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. NAMRU-3 is headquartered onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, with administrative and research sites in Egypt, Ghana and, Djibouti. Established in Cairo, Egypt in 1946, NAMRU-3 continues to support military and public health through scientific excellence. NAMRU-3’s team includes active duty, U.S. civilian, host nation, and contract administrative and research personnel. Our researchers’ expertise includes microbiology, entomology, epidemiology, preventive medicine, and infectious diseases and tropical medicine. NAMRU-3 scientists conduct infectious disease surveillance and studies of vaccines, therapeutic agents, diagnostic assays, and vector control measures to better prevent and treat infectious diseases in 17 countries.
The mission of NAMRU-3 is to study, monitor, and detect emerging and re-emerging disease threats of military and public health importance, and to develop mitigation strategies against these threats in partnership with host nations and international and U.S. agencies in U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Central Command (CENTCOM), and European Command (EUCOM) areas of responsibility.
The NAMRU-3 Sigonella Headquarters is the seat of command leadership and oversees command administrative support to its Cairo, Ghana, and Djibouti sites. The Headquarters also provides science support services and coordinates the programs and operations governing the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).
Partnerships: Sigonella personnel are actively developing partnerships with local Italian Universities and military such as the University of Catania and the Italian Air Force (ITAF). NAMRU-3 has strong collaborative relationships with the Navy Medicine and Readiness Training Command (NMRTC) Sigonella and NAVEUR/NAVAF/SIXTHFLT Force/Fleet Surgeon.
Research: Scientific studies include estimating the penetrance of SARS-COV-2 infection among US forces, determining the persistence of neutralizing antibodies to SARS-COV-2 following vaccination and or/infection to SARS-COV-2, and sequencing samples to identify emerging variants. Vector biology scientists identify arthropod vectors, detect vector-borne disease threats and assess regional risks, determine malaria prevalence, antimalarial resistance and characterization of resistance markers, and evaluate vector control measures.
The NAMRU-3 Cairo site provides command administrative support and maintains a robust scientific research team divided into three programs: the Bacterial and Parasitic Disease Research Program (BPDRP), the Viral and Zoonotic Disease Research Program (VZDRP), and the Vector Borne Disease Research Program (VBDRP).
Partnerships: NAMRU-3’s Cairo site has strong, long-lasting collaborative relationships with regional organizations that include the Egyptian Center for Research and Regenerative medicine (ECRRM), Ain Shams University Hospital, Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) in Egypt, and the Jordanian Ministry of Health.
Research Efforts: In collaboration with partner governments, military forces, and universities BPDRP actively monitors diarrheal disease, sexually transmitted infections, acute febrile illnesses, infection control/wound infection, antimicrobial resistance, and malaria in populations across the African and Middle Eastern regions. VZDRP is a leader for surveillance of influenza, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV2, and other viral threats with pandemic potential in the Eastern Mediterranean. VBRP has been instrumental in conducting mosquito, tick and sand fly surveillance in Egypt, Liberia, Ghana, Libya, and Djibouti. Research activities include determining the abundance and diversity of insect vectors, mapping the distribution of dengue and malaria vectors, and assessing the susceptibility of insect vectors to insecticides.
Office of Military Cooperation
The Office of Military Cooperation-Egypt is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of U.S. Security Cooperation with Egypt, including the sale of U.S. defense related material, services, and training to the Egyptian military.
- We facilitate the acquisition, fielding, operation, and maintenance of U.S. defense related material through consultation with the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, Egyptian Military Departments, and U.S. Military Department Implementing Agencies.
- We coordinate, manage, and facilitate all military training provided to the Egyptian Armed Forces by the U.S. Department of Defense.
- We partner with the Egyptian Ministry of Defense to identify, forecast, and program military training requirements with the aim to optimize the employment and sustainment of their U.S.-sourced military hardware; to enhance the professional military education opportunities for their emerging military leaders; and to accentuate their capabilities with the necessary courses to complement their preparedness as a modern, effective force with the tools and skills to deter and defeat a wide variety of current and future threats.
- We steward the preparation of prospective Egyptian military students by providing orientation briefings, language competency testing, and course registration assistance.
- We foster, advise, shape, mentor, and manage mil-to-mil engagement opportunities and senior military leader discussions, enkindling broader and deeper military cooperation and interoperability, with the aim to improve US and Egyptian military capabilities arrayed to prevent, pursue, and prevail against local and regional threats.
- We advocate, coordinate, orchestrate, and facilitate the planning, development, and execution of cooperative, joint bilateral and multilateral exercises — involving units and elements from across the U.S. Department of Defense to participate in relevant, full-spectrum military exercises with Egyptian and regional military forces — with the aim of building partners and building partnership capacity, and in order to enhance the effectiveness of current and future coalition military operations.
- We assist the Egyptian military with obtaining information from U.S. vendors on military articles and services of interest.
- We oversee and monitor all combined U.S.-Egyptian military-industrial projects in Egypt.
- We organize all military training contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense for Egypt; assisting Egypt in identifying, forecasting, and programming military training requirements of all kinds.
The Political Section observes, analyzes, and reports on political and political-military developments in Egypt, and on Egypt’s relations with other countries. These reports, recommending positions and actions to the Department of State, are a basic ingredient in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.
Public Diplomacy Section
The Public Diplomacy Section handles all press, cultural, and educational programs and conducts programs on a variety of topics that are of interest to Egyptians and Americans.
The Alumni, Culture, Education, and Exchanges Office promotes studying in the United States, academic and professional exchanges between Americans and Egyptians, and support of arts and culture to increase understanding and cooperation on the people to people level.
The American Center Cairo (ACC) conducts specialized programs which support English language learning, develop employment skills, expand technological proficiency including internet and online resource workshops for journalists, researchers, and librarians and explore U.S. policy, culture, and society..
The Press & Digital Media Office coordinates and distributes all Embassy press releases, news announcements, speech transcripts, and social media. We also help foreign and local journalists with requests for interviews with high-level visiting officials and officers at the Embassy. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive our press releases or want to contact us directly, please send an e-mail to PressInfoEgypt@state.gov.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
For nearly four decades, the American people have partnered with the people of Egypt to promote an environment where all groups in Egyptian society – including women and minorities – can lead healthy, productive lives. USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling nearly $30 billion since 1975, has directly and fundamentally supported gains.
USAID programs are designed in coordination with Egyptians to create sustainable prosperity. Programs seek to improve agricultural and water productivity and enhance livelihoods in rural zones where poverty and lack of jobs, especially for youth and women, are issues. USAID helps to ensure that future generations will have the tools to succeed and provides opportunities for Egypt’s large youth population as it enters higher education and the workforce. We seek to enhance the contributions of civil society as a whole – with a focus on women and youth – to build institutions and to achieve political and economic reforms.
For more information about USAID/Egypt, please visit www.usaid.gov/egypt.