Even seasoned residents must use extreme care and situational awareness to navigate the hectic streets of the capital. The spike in crime is a remarkable contrast to life in the Mubarak police state, when violent street crime was a relative rarity and few feared to walk alone at night. The number of unemployed rose by 480 thousand to 2.57 million. The Embassy hosts OSAC Country Council meetings on a quarterly basis and ad-hoc meetings as necessary. Carry identification and a cell phone or other means of communication that works in Egypt, and pre-program the U.S. Embassy’s telephone number and email address into the device.Egypt was under a government-declared State of Emergency for all of 2018. Some attacks on the religious community seek to increase tensions between religious groups and undermine perceptions that the Egyptian government is capable of protecting these communities. Please check your download folder. For more information on Religious Freedom and Egypt’s annual report, visit the In November 2017, IS-Sinai claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque during a Friday sermon in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, setting off bombs, opening fire on worshippers, and killing more than 230 people and wounding 130 others in the deadliest ISIS attack on Egyptian civilians. Most Nile cruise boats do not have a ship's doctor, but some employ a medical practitioner of uncertain inadequate at most other ports of call. The Egyptian Interior Ministry claims to have resolved more cases in 2018 than the previous year, and continues to make improvements. There is also a domestic violence hotline which the Embassy’s ACS Unit can provide to victims. Well-known brands of bottled beverages are generally safe if the seal is intact.The CDC offers additional information on vaccines and health guidance for The Cairo Country Council is active. Intentional homicides are estimates of unlawful homicides purposely inflicted as a result of domestic disputes, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, intergang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. Foreign women should dress conservatively in public. A number of women, including foreigners, have reported sexual harassment and assault in taxis, on isolated streets, and while transiting crowded protest areas. The last known demonstrations occurred after the reduction of subsidies and increase of rates for the Metro train fares in May 2018. Expect to encounter aggressive vendors at Egypt’s many tourist attractions and archaeological sites. Since the Metro Jet incident, Egypt has made significant improvements to airport security.International air carriers have enhanced security measures. Police may detain anyone without affording access to immediate legal counsel during the investigative stage of a criminal case. “Popular Resistance” terrorist groups, and other various smaller terrorist groups. Although the enforcement of traffic laws is generally lax and unpredictable, foreigners may be subject to extra scrutiny. Most tourist sites have specially designated tourist police who can assist in uncomfortable situations.Unexploded ordnance (UXO) is located on battlefields along the Mediterranean coast west of Alexandria, in the Eastern Desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal, on the Sinai Peninsula, and in the Suez Canal zone from World War II and the Egyptian-Israeli wars.Driving in Egypt is extremely hazardous; vehicle accidents remain a significant safety concern. Information provided by the World Health Organization in a 2015 report provided conflicts with CAPMAS statistics, reflecting roughly 12,000 lives lost to traffic accidents every year, or 32 per day.Taxis and car-sharing services remain an efficient use of public transportation in large cities (e.g. Harassment can occur anywhere. While medical facilities are adequate for non-emergency matters, particularly in frequently visited tourist areas, emergency and intensive care facilities are limited. It also reports 8.7 deaths from road accidents per day, compared to 10.7 over the same period in 2017. Although Egypt has not officially announced the findings of its investigation, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, publishing a photo of what it says is the improvised explosive device (IED) that brought the aircraft down. There are also the Islamic State in Egypt (IS Egypt), (HASM), Liwa al-Thawra, Harket Elmokawma Elsha'biya, a.k.a. There were no other reported injuries from the attack. Do not travel to the Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) or the Western Desert due to terrorism; or to the Egyptian border areas due to military zones.The U.S. Embassy in Cairo does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. Egypt’s demonstrations law prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people without advance In the past, demonstrations have led to violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in deaths, injuries, and property damage. Backlinks from other websites and blogs are the lifeblood of our site and are our primary source of new traffic.If you use our chart images on your site or blog, we ask that you provide attribution via a link back to this page.