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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation in Embassy Vicinity

January 2, 2013 | U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that security on Corniche and Abdel Kader Hamza (the street that runs between the Semiramis and Sheppard Hotel) has returned to normal, after an isolated incident where a gang of youth threatened pedestrians and vandalized cars on the morning of Monday, December 31, 2012. U.S. Embassy personnel are permitted to once again come and go from the hotel entrance off of the Corniche, use the intersection for taxi drops and pickups, and travel via Abdel Kader Hamza Street to the Qasr Al Nil underpass and bridge. In the event a gathering appears on Abdel Kader Hamza or Simon Bolivar Square, drivers traveling to the Qasr Al Nil underpass and bridge should reroute themselves on the Corniche past Semiramis to Kamel El Din Street where they can access the Qasr Al Nil Bridge underpass, avoiding Simon Bolivar Square.

U.S. Embassy employees have been instructed to continue to avoid walking in and around Simon Bolivar Square. Tahrir Square and Tahrir Square's Sadat Metro Station also remains off-limits. Although sporadic vandalism or rock throwing can occur from roving youth on the Corniche, the police continue to dedicate their efforts to protecting and keeping the Corniche open for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy's American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at: For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at 2797-3300. The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.