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U.S. Citizen Evacuations from Egypt Continue

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State has announced that the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in Egypt remains one of its top priorities. More than 1,900 U.S. citizens and their family members have been evacuated from Egypt in an operation that began on Monday, January 31. The State Department plans to continue evacuation efforts on Thursday, February 3, and are assessing the need to continue flights after that. They are continuing efforts to assist any U.S. citizens who wish to leave Egypt and are boarding additional flights today. As curfew has been eased by three hours, they expect more U.S. citizens will be able to reach the Cairo airport.

They further advise U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and carefully proceed to the airport during non-curfew hours. U.S. citizens with passports that expired within the past 10 years may go directly to the airport. Persons with passports that expired more than 10 years ago, should go to the Embassy to obtain a replacement.

Although non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy are leaving Egypt under ordered departure status, the Department continues to send personnel into Cairo and to safe haven locations to assist U.S. citizens. The Embassy remains open for U.S. citizen services only during non-curfew hours.

The most up-to-date information for U.S. citizens in Egypt can be found at Travel.State.Gov. U.S. citizens in Egypt, or persons concerned for their U.S. citizen loved ones in Egypt also may contact the State Department by email at EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or telephone at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada).

Published February 3, 2011

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