Update: The United States warned its citizens on Thursday, August 15, 2013, not to travel to Egypt and called on individuals already in the country to leave. The State Department travel warning was issued one day after a brutal crackdown on street protests in Cairo ordered by Egypt's military-backed government left more than 500 people dead.
The U.S. Department of State has published the following worldwide travel alert.
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.
Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country.
The heightened alert associated with the increased threat of terrorist attacks does not trigger benefits under our policies. However, we advise all travelers to monitor the situation closely and use extreme caution particularly if their itinerary includes any of the countries included in the list of heightened precaution.
Travelers should be advised to seek updated information from the US Department of State:
Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Country Specific Information, and Emergency Messages, all of which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov/;free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips or on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.
In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).
Travel Insured's insured travelers may contact Oncall International for travel assistance 24 hours a day at 1-800-494-9907 (toll-free in US/Canada) or 1-603-328-1707 (collect outside US/Canada). Insured travelers whose policies include Political Evacuation coverage should be advised to contact the Assistance number provided in their policy for additional information and advice.
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We will continue to monitor this situation and update you with developments.