Status of U.S. Citizen Evacuations From Egypt

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 1, 2011
A U.S. Tourist Waves From a Bus in Giza, Egypt

Update:Information for U.S. Citizens Currently in Egypt | Public Service Announcement

The State Department remains focused on the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in Egypt. The Office of the Spokesman released a statement regarding the status of U.S. citizen evacuations from Egypt on February 1, 2011:

"Approximately 1,600 U.S citizens and their family members have been evacuated from Egypt in an operation that began on Monday, January 31. We will continue evacuation efforts to facilitate the safe transport of every U.S. citizen who wishes to leave the country.

"The movement of citizens from Cairo slowed slightly on Tuesday, February 1, as U.S. citizens encountered difficulties traveling to the airport due to road closures related to demonstrations. Just under 400 passengers were flown to safe havens in Istanbul and Athens on February 1 aboard three U.S. Government-chartered planes. A fourth plane awaiting take-off will bring the day's total to more than 460.

"Commercial flights in and out of Cairo are restricted to operations during non-curfew hours. U.S.-sponsored evacuation flights have been permitted to operate around the clock. Airports in Alexandria remain open and U.S. citizens have been able to depart on private charters and commercial flights.

"Although demonstrations have not targeted U.S. citizens, we are advising them to remain in their homes and hotels until demonstrations subside. Those wishing to depart from Cairo may proceed to Terminal 1, Hall 4, in Cairo International Airport, after curfew is lifted at 8:00 a.m. We will continue to send charter flights to evacuate U.S. citizens as rapidly as possible.

"Although non-emergency Embassy personnel and employees' families have been ordered to depart Egypt, the Department continues to send personnel into Cairo and to our safe haven locations. The Embassy remains open only for U.S. citizen services during non-curfew hours. Visa operations have been suspended.

"So far, more than 3,000 U.S. citizens have communicated a desire to be evacuated, but we know that there will be others who have not contacted us or who are proceeding directly to the airport. The most up-to-date information for U.S. citizens in Egypt can be found on our website, Travel.State.Gov. U.S. citizens in Egypt, or persons concerned for their U.S. citizen loved ones in Egypt also may contact the State Department by email at or telephone at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)."

You can read the complete statement here.



February 1, 2011

T. writes:

Hope things turn out fine in Cairo. The pic is awesome by the way.

Virginia, USA
February 2, 2011

Michelle in Virginia writes:

Thanks guys!

It’s good to know good people are in charge of evacuating my sister :) (she was studying abroad in Cairo this semester)

bobby h.
North Carolina, USA
February 2, 2011

Bobby H. in North Carolina writes:

i just turned on my tv to CNN and was shocked to see clashes erupted in cairo. this is very very dangerous now for any american to be there!! need to quickly get them out of there and also marines who are guarding the u.s. embassy need to get out because those clashes will come at them, and americans if they are not out of there. this kind of clash is what brings in the islamist exremist's who may already be there in cairo waiting to take over egypt this kind of violence is what brings them in and causes the take over by any extremist groups i have noticed anderson cooper of cnn was attacked the cnn crew all of them need to asked to leave cairo and get out while they can, adn let al jazeea news take over since they arabic people they wont get hurt, like anderson did.we cant take chances now as violence is worsening by the hour causing islamic extremist to go further

Jason R.
United Kingdom
May 25, 2011

Jason R. in the United Kingdom writes:

Hope things settle down.


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