Egypt-Travel Advisory Update

by Wayne Ghesquiere on February 16, 2011

OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Egypt due to the unpredictable security situation, high levels of criminal activity and the threat of terrorist attacks. Civil unrest and demonstrations have occurred in many parts of Egypt since January 23, 2011, and some have turned violent. Although the security situation is improving, there is a risk of deteriorating conditions, which could include further demonstrations, restrictions on movement in major cities, further hotel property damage or closures, and restricted access to tourist attractions. Canadians should avoid road travel throughout the Sinai area. A nationwide curfew (from midnight to 6 a.m.) remains in effect. Access to some areas may be restricted due to increased security measures and military presence on the streets. Access to Cairo’s international airport may be difficult due to traffic disruptions. The border with the Gaza Strip is closed. Canadians are strongly encouraged to register their travel details on the Registration of Canadians Abroad database, if they have not yet done so. They should also be extremely vigilant, avoid all unnecessary movement, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, monitor local news reports, follow the advice of local authorities and keep a supply of basic foods on hand. Canadians requiring emergency assistance may contact the Embassy of Canada in Cairo.

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