Australians warned on travel to Egypt

Media release

3 July 2013

Australians have been urged to reconsider their need to travel to Egypt following ongoing street violence and civil unrest that has left at least 16 people dead and 700 injured over the past five days.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Australian Government travel warning had been raised to the second-highest level – 'reconsider your need to travel.' Australians already in Egypt should consider leaving.

"Australians thinking of travelling to Egypt should postpone their trip, and those already there should consider departing," Senator Carr said.

"Large and sometimes violent protests have occurred in major cities including Cairo, and there are reports that further rallies are planned.

"Our strong advice to all Australians in Egypt is to avoid involvement in street protests, even as an observer.

"Australians should particularly avoid the vicinity of Tahrir Square in Cairo and other public places where rallies may be held.

"Those who intend to stay in Egypt should remain alert, register their travel with our Embassy in Cairo and monitor instructions or advice from Egyptian authorities or Australian consular staff.

"We again urge all parties in Egypt to renounce violence in holding street rallies, and for the police and military to exercise appropriate restraint in keeping public order."

Senator Carr said the Australian Embassy in Cairo remained open and was available to offer assistance to Australian citizens as required.

At least 16 people have been killed since June 28 and well over 700 have been injured. There are no reports of Australians killed or injured.

Australians have also been urged to avoid Egypt's North Sinai region due to an increased risk of terrorism.

Australian travel advice and registration processes are available at www.smartraveller.gov.au.

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