An FS blogger (from a family of five) has last posted about the events in Cairo on January 25 and had an unrelated post on Jan 29 but we have not seen any new post since then. Cairo is one of the State Department’s largest posts. It is a fully accompanied post – that means there are spouses/partners and children of all ages. We are most concerned for the youngest members of the FS in Cairo. This must be extremely unsettling, even traumatic for children. We hope somebody at State has thought about moving additional mental health professionals into the safe haven areas to anticipate potential emotional fallout. We think there is one assigned in Cairo but we don’t know how that works and where he/she goes in an evacuation.
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Meanwhile, the US Embassy has released a new Warden Message (#6) addressing Frequently Asked Questions on the evacuation of private American citizens. Due to the internet blackout in Egypt, we are republishing it here. Feel free to pass it on. We understand that dial-up modems, ham radios and fax machines are currently used as modes of communications in and out of Egypt.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo informs U.S. citizens in Egypt who wish to depart that the Department of State is making arrangements to provide transportation to safehaven locations in Europe. This assistance will be provided on a reimbursable basis, as required by U.S. law. U.S. citizens who travel on US government – arranged transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans from the safehaven location. Flights to evacuation points will begin departing Egypt on Monday, January 31. There will be a limited number of seats available on evacuation flights on January 31. Priority will be given to persons with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions. Persons interested in departing Egypt via USG-chartered transportation should contact the US Department of State and Embassy Cairo by sending an email to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444. Please provide the following information:
Name, age, place of birth, U.S. passport number and any special medical needs.Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S. citizens must be documented for entry into the safehaven country and/or U.S., if that is your final destination.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
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 or visa and are interested in departing Egypt via USG-chartered transportation should contact the US 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 or visa 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?
What should I bring?
Travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.Each traveler may bring one suitcase 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.
Do I have to pay for the flight?
How do I get to the airport?
The original warden message is here.