The US State Department has issued a travel alert urging US citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Egypt, as police and protestors clash in demonstrations going on in Cairo and across the country. According to Huffington Post, the demonstrations are not directed against the US, but the department noted that protests have turned violent, resulting in deaths, injuries and major property damage.
US officials advised those American citizens already in Egypt to remain in their hotels or residences until the situation calms down. Officials decided not to issue a travel warning — a more serious action that usually triggers automatic cancellations by cruise companies and tour operators and affects certain types of travel-insurance coverage.
Several other foreign governments, including Canada and Denmark, have issued similar advisories. Sweden‘s foreign ministry recommended its citizens avoid Cairo.
The US State Department currently has 31 countries on its travel-warning list, including Tunisia where similar protests broke out earlier this month.
Get updated information on travel and security in Egypt from the State Department at 888-407-4747 or visit its website for more information.