Hong Kong raises travel alert for Egypt to black

     As the situation in Egypt continues to deteriorate, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today (August 15) raised the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for the country to black.

     A Government spokesman said,"Residents are urged to avoid all travel to the country. Those already there should attend to their personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people."
     The Security Bureau will continue to monitor the situation there. Any update will be issued through the media and the bureau's OTA webpage, www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota .

     Hong Kong residents in Egypt who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department at (852)1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Egypt on the 24-hour duty phone: (20) 2-27380466 or (20) 2-27363556.

Ends/Thursday, August 15, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:53