Singaporeans advised to ‘carefully consider’ travel plans to Egypt: MFA

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday (23 October) urged Singaporeans to carefully consider their travel plans to Egypt as the country is still under a state of emergency.

First declared in April 2017, the state of emergency in Egypt will be extended by another three months from 15 October 2018, possibly resulting in additional security checks and restrictions, the MFA said in a travel advisory.

The MFA noted that Egypt launched security operations in the Sinai Peninsula and in other areas in February this year, and such operations are ongoing.

“Singaporeans visiting Egypt are reminded to remain vigilant and take precautions, including monitoring local news closely, observing instructions from local authorities, being vigilant during religious festivals, and avoiding public disturbances and large crowds. They should purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with their coverage,” the MFA said.

Any travel to the Western Desert and Sinai Peninsula should be avoided apart from flying to the Sharm El-Sheikh resort area.

Singaporeans who are visiting Egypt are strongly encouraged to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg and those staying in Egypt for more than a month should notify the Singapore Embassy in Cairo.

Those who need consular assistance in Egypt can contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the MFA Duty Office (24 hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo
40 Adnan Omar Sedky Street (Former Babel Street)
Dokki 11511, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: +202-3749-0468, 3749-5045
Duty Officer Telephone: +20-109-8064-130 (24-hours)
Email: singemb_cai@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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