Security Message for U.S. Citizens

This weekend marks the second anniversary of the clearance of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares on August 14, 2013. Because of the possibility of violence, as well as likely traffic congestion associated with possible rallies and demonstrations, U.S. citizens are advised to increase their level of awareness and avoid areas where protests may occur, particularly during this sit-in anniversary period.

The U.S. Embassy restricts its employees and their family members from traveling outside of Cairo without prior approval and advises all U.S. citizens to consider carefully the security implications of travel outside of the greater Cairo metropolitan area. U.S. citizens should be especially vigilant in tourist areas, practice good personal security measures, and be alert to their surroundings.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, 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, 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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