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11:54 AM, Feb 4, 2011   |    comments
  • Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, clash with anti-government demonstrators, top right.
  • A large pro-government demonstration, front, arrives at Tahrir square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 2, 2011.
    
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The U.S. State Department released this list of "Frequently Asked Questions" and answers to aid those in Egypt or people with loved ones overseas.

Has the curfew changed?
A curfew is currently in effect throughout Egypt from 5pm until 7am in the morning.

I'm ready to go. What do I do?

If you wish to depart Egypt you should proceed to your local airport and secure commercial passage out of the country. If there is a U.S. Government evacuation flight on Saturday, proceed to Terminal 1, Hall 4 (Hajj Hall) as soon as possible on Saturday, February 5. Do not wait for a call from the U.S. Embassy. Further delay is not advisable.

Where is the flight on Saturday going?
At this time, we do not have confirmation of the potential U.S. evacuation flight's destination.  Similar to previous flights, however, it will be to a European safe haven location and we will offer repatriation loans for any U.S. citizen seeking assistance.

Are there plans for any charter flights from Alexandria?
We have no information about future charter flights from Alexandria. We highly recommend that U.S. citizens seeking to depart Egypt do so now either by commercial airline or via Saturday's charter flight from Cairo.

Do I need to prove I completed military service to board a plane?
Male Egyptians and Egyptian-dual nationals must present a military service exemption certificate before they will be permitted to depart Egypt. Male Egyptians and Egyptian-dual nationals staying in Egypt for more than six months from the date of arrival, and who have not completed military service, are not generally required to enlist in the armed forces. Exemption certificates are available through the Ministry of Defense Draft Office.

I wish to travel by commercial air carrier - how do I book a flight?
While some flights are still disrupted, major airlines are still operating out of Egyptian airports.  Please contact your airline or travel agent to book a ticket prior to heading to the airport. If you already have an existing ticket or reservation please contact your airline to confirm your flight status.

My child is a U.S. citizen. Can my whole family be evacuated?
A U.S. citizen child may be escorted by one adult, preferably a parent, who has appropriate travel documents. If a family has more than one U.S. citizen child, the one-adult rule still applies.

Do I need a U.S. passport?
All U.S. citizen travelers and their spouses and children are required to have valid travel documents. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo will assist U.S. citizens with travel documents. U.S. citizens who do not hold a valid U.S. passport and are interested in departing Egypt via USG- chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of State and Embassy Cairo by sending an email to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444.

What do I do if my child is a U.S. citizen, but hasn't yet been documented?
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. U.S. citizens who do not hold a valid U.S. passport interested in departing Egypt via USG-chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of State and Embassy Cairo by sending an email to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1- 202-501-4444.

My family members aren't U.S. citizens. Can they travel with me?
Evacuation flights will transport U.S. citizens and their immediate family members. Immediate family members - defined as spouses and children who are not U.S. citizens - will be required to have travel documentation that will permit their entry into the safe haven destinations. At this time, flights are expected to travel to Istanbul, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Nicosia, Cyprus. Safe haven destinations may change. U.S. citizens requesting evacuation will not be able to select their safe haven destinations.

Note: Non-U.S. citizens accompanying evacuated U.S. citizens to safe haven locations have been able to apply for an airport entrance visa on arrival to the safe have location. Non-U.S. citizens planning onward travel not already holding visas or Legal Permanent Residency Status for entry into the United States will need to visit the U.S. Embassy in the safe haven location to apply for a visa prior to scheduling onward travel.

Will you fly me to the United States?
No. Our goal is to get people to a safe place, where they can make their own onward travel arrangements. Travelers will be responsible for their own onward travel arrangements and accommodations in the safe haven city. Consular officers will provide travelers with information on airlines and hotels. Non-U.S. citizens planning onward travel to the U.S. who do not already hold U.S. visas or Legal Permanent Residency Status will need to visit the U.S. Embassy in the safe haven location to apply for a visa prior to scheduling onward travel.

How do I get a visa (to safe haven country or the United States)?
Non-U.S. citizens accompanying evacuated U.S. citizens to safe haven locations have been able to apply for an airport entrance visa on arrival to the safe have location. Non-U.S. citizens planning onward travel not already holding visas or Legal Permanent Residency Status for entry into the United States will need to visit the U.S. Embassy in the safe haven location to apply for a visa prior to scheduling onward travel.

What should I bring?
Travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications. Each traveler may bring one suitcase (not more than 44lbs) and a small personal carry-on item. U.S. citizens seeking evacuation should be prepared for a substantial wait at the airport. Travelers are advised to bring food, water, diapers and other necessary toiletries with them to the airport.

What about my pets?
U.S. Government evacuation flights cannot accommodate pets. Some commercial airlines do offer pet transport. Please check with the airlines directly.

Do I have to pay for the flight?
U.S. citizens requesting evacuation must sign paperwork promising to reimburse the U.S. Government for flight costs at a later date. Exact flight costs are not yet available, but will be comparable to a one-way commercial flight from Egypt to the safe haven location on the date of travel.

How do I get to the airport?
At this time, public transport to include taxis is still operating in Egypt.

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