Hong Kong adjusts travel alert for Egypt to red

     In view of the latest situation in Egypt, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today (August 29) adjusted the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Egypt to red.

     A Government spokesman said, "Hong Kong residents intending to visit Egypt should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential travel, including leisure travel. Those already there should monitor the situation, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people. Residents are also urged to avoid all travel to the Sinai Peninsula."

     The Security Bureau will continue to closely monitor the situation and issue updates through the media and the 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 (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Egypt at the 24-hour duty phone numbers: (20) 2-27380466 and (20) 2-27363556.

     In addition, Hong Kong residents are encouraged to use the online Registration of Outbound Travel Information service (www.gov.hk/roti) to register their contact details and itinerary when outside Hong Kong. The information provided allows the AHU of the Immigration Department to disseminate practical information to them through appropriate means, including SMS on mobile phones, on a timely basis when necessary.

Ends/Friday, August 29, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:00