S'poreans advised against non-essential travel to Egypt

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to Egypt as the Egyptian President and government had declared a state of emergency across Egypt and imposed a curfew from 7pm to 6am (Egypt time) in 14 governorates for one month with effect from Aug 14, 2013.

The 14 governorates are: Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Qalioubiya, Suez, Beheira, Fayyoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assuit, Sohag, Ismailia, North and South Sinai.

The Ministry advised Singaporeans who are currently in Egypt to "abide by the curfew hours and stay indoors, be on high alert and to take the necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the news closely, observing instructions from local authorities and avoiding areas of public disturbances."

"As a precaution, Singaporeans should ensure that they have easy access to basic necessities in the event that shops and banks are closed for an extended period," it added. 

The Singapore Embassy in Cairo continues to maintain regular contact with Singaporeans in Egypt who have e-registered with MFA.

Singaporeans in Egypt, who have not already e-registered, should do so immediately at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/.

The MFA is also working closely with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) to render assistance to Singaporean students affected by the ongoing unrest.

Singaporeans who require consular assistance in Egypt may contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo Tel: +202 37490468 Fax: +202 37480562 Duty Officer Tel: +20 109 8064130 (24-hour) Email: singemb@link.net

MFA Duty Office Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855 (24-hour hotline) Fax: +65 6476 7302 Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg