Egypt travel advisory

We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Egypt due ongoing civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack. Australians in Egypt who are concerned for their safety should consider leaving by commercial means.
On 3 July 2013, Egypt’s armed forces announced the removal from office of President Morsi and the installation of an interim government. A large number of deaths and injuries have been reported in violent clashes between political groups and the security forces throughout Egypt.
    On 14 August 2013 clashes occurred in various locations in Cairo, including Nasr City and Giza, as well as other parts of Egypt. Further violent clashes are likely. A national state of emergency declaration will remain in place until 14 September. A curfew has been declared for the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, South Sinai (except Sharm el Sheik), North Sinai, Suez, Behera, Minya, Assiut, Souhag, Beni Suef, Ismailia, Qena and Fayoum. As of 24 August 2013, the curfew is in place between 9pm and 6am from Saturday to Thursday. On Friday the curfew operates between 7pm and 6am. You should monitor the local media as curfew times can change with little or no notice and may vary in different locations across Egypt.
    You should obey all curfews and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    Commercial flights continue to operate, though some delays and cancellations of scheduled services have been reported. You should check with your airline or travel agent for latest information on possible disruption to flights.
    Australians who remain in Egypt should avoid all demonstrations, protests and large crowds as they may turn violent and closely monitor the media for information on events and developments that may affect your security and safety. See under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension for further information.
    Since the political upheavals in early 2011, protests have occurred across Egypt, including in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said. Some demonstrations have turned violent. Across Egypt, many protests occur on Fridays following midday prayers.
    There remains an ongoing threat of terrorist attacks throughout Egypt, including in Cairo and in the Sinai Peninsula. On 11 May 2013, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of alleged terrorist suspects planning attacks on a number of targets, including foreign embassies in Cairo. On 31 October 2012, the Egypt’s Ministry of Interior reported that members of a terrorist group, with cluster cells in Egypt, had plotted several terrorist attacks against multiple targets in Cairo.
    There has been an increase in sectarian tensions in Egypt. These tensions have resulted in violent clashes. Australians should be aware that Islamist extremists have made threats against Coptic churches in Egypt.
    There have been a number of abductions involving foreign nationals in South Sinai, including on the road to St Catherine’s Monastery, with foreign tourists being held by gunmen before later being released. Travellers to Sharm el Sheikh are strongly encouraged to travel by air and avoid unnecessary road travel outside of Sharm el Sheikh.
    We strongly advise Australians not to travel to the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road, due to the high threat of terrorist attack and risks posed by violent criminals. See under Safety and Security: Terrorism for further details.
    Terrorist attacks could occur at anytime, anywhere in Egypt, including in tourist areas. For a list of possible targets, see Safety and security: Terrorism. Some past attacks have coincided with local holiday weekends.
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