• Immigration Precautions Recommended as Egypt Braces for June 30 Demonstrations
  • July 2, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • With widespread demonstrations expected to begin in Egypt on June 30, foreign nationals are advised to take certain immigration implications into account if they are considering entering or leaving the country in the coming days or weeks.

    Government agencies, including those responsible for immigration processes, will close on June 30. Ports of entry have been put on high alert, so travelers into and out of Egypt should prepare for heightened security measures and intense scrutiny. There is no way to predict how long the demonstrations will last or when government agencies will reopen.

    Many countries will close their consular posts in Egypt on June 30 to focus on providing emergency assistance to their citizens, and some countries are advising against travel to Egypt in the coming days. The U.S. and UK embassies in Cairo are among the reported closures.

    Due to security concerns, many private businesses in Egypt will likely close as well, including local immigration and legal service providers. Internet connectivity may be suspended, as it has previously under similar circumstances, leaving telephone contact as the only form of communication with people in Egypt.