The foreign ministry on Wednesday issued travel advisories for Egypt and Syria, urging all Cypriot citizens residing in or visiting Syria to leave the country immediately, in light of the deteriorating situation.
Due to the absence of a Cyprus diplomatic mission in Syria, the foreign ministry warned that it is not in a position to provide direct consular assistance to Cypriot citizens there.
In emergency cases, Cypriot citizens can contact the ministry’s duty officer in Nicosia on +357-99660129, or the ministry’s Crisis Management Department on +357-22801000 or the Cyprus Embassy in Beirut on + 961-1-329500 ext. 101, or on the after office hours emergency number: +961-71-559500.
An alternative for citizens needing assistance is to contact the Cyprus Embassy in Amman on: +9626-5657467.
The ministry also issued an advisory, warning Cypriot citizens who are permanent residents or intend to travel to Egypt to avoid certain areas in the country where mass gatherings and demonstrations may be taking place.
Cypriots are advised to monitor news reports for any new developments and follow instructions of the authorities.
The ministry further notes that the tourist areas in Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweida and Dahab, and St. Catherine’s Monastery in Mount Sinai are “fully accessible and operational”.
In case of emergency, citizens can contact the duty officer or crisis management department referred to above, or the Cyprus Embassy in Cairo on: + 202 33455969.