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Cablegate: Country Clearance Cable for Drl/Irf Warren Cofsky


DE RUEHEG #6258/01 2821535
O 091535Z OCT 06





E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 166923

1. Post welcomes the visit of DRL/IRF Warren Cofsky. Country
clearance has been granted for October 8-14, 2006 visit to
Cairo to hold meeting pursuant to promoting religious freedom
with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry
of Religious Affairs, appropriate non-governmental
organization leaders and religious leaders. Please note
ICASS requirement for fiscal data in paragraph 18 for all
visitors requiring Embassy support.

2. Hotel reservations have been made within per diem.

3. Political Officer Roger Kenna will be the control officer
for the visit and can be reached at:

Work: (20)(2) 797-2749
Cell: (20)(12) 216-5410
Home: (20)(2) 753-9363

If Embassy contact is needed after hours, call the Embassy
operator at (20)(2)797-3300. The work week is Sunday through
Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A passport and visa are required.
For travelers arriving by air, a renewable 30-day tourist
visa can be obtained at airport points of entry for $15,
payable in U.S. dollars. Post recommends obtaining a visa in
advance. Please advise if you are unable to obtain a visa
before arrival. Visitors who have had trouble with their
visa status in Egypt must obtain a visa before arrival.

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5. ARRIVAL IN EGYPT: Post,s travel management center,
Carlson Wagonlit, will provide "meet and assist" services and
ground transportation from Cairo International Airport. The
cost is $30 each way for a party of 1-3 persons. Payment
needs to be in cash in U.S. dollars and is to be paid upon
arrival to the expediter. Checks and credit cards are not
accepted. Please send special requests for assistance due to
physical handicap, heavy professional equipment, or other
unusual circumstances to the control officer; post will
gladly consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

CLEARANCES: The Department of State issued Global
Identification (GLID) badge is used for access to USG
facilities in Egypt. Visitors holding valid GLID badges
should bring their badges with them. Doing so will
facilitate their entry into the Embassy, and other USG
facilities. Visitors, including TDY personnel, who do not
have a GLID badge will be issued temporary ID cards as
needed. Security clearances, however, need to be included in
all requests for country clearance in order to ensure that
only authorized personnel have access to classified

7. MEDICAL/HEALTH PRECAUTIONS: Travelers to Egypt are
cautioned to avoid poultry farms, contact with animals in
live food markets, and any surfaces that appear to be
contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals. See
more information about avian flu at
Tetanus/diphtheria immunizations should be current -- a
booster is required every 10 years. Rabies vaccinations are
recommended. Yellow fever vaccine is not required for entry
into Egypt unless you are arriving from an infected area.
However, the Department of State requires Foreign Service
personnel to have an up-to-date (every 10 years) yellow fever
vaccination for worldwide availability. Travelers' diarrhea
is a common problem. Only bottled or boiled (3 minutes)
water should be used for drinking and making ice. Avoid
fruits that have been already peeled, fruit without peels,
uncooked vegetables, and salads, which can transmit
pathogenic bacteria or parasites. Do not consume
unpasteurized local milk and cheese products. Except for
State Foreign and Civil Service staff, visitors should bring
a copy of their medical clearance and proof of medical
evacuation insurance. Standard health insurance does not
include air ambulance medical evacuation, which can typically
cost more than $50,000.

8. SECURITY CONCERNS: Egypt suffered a series of deadly
terrorist attacks in or near tourist sites in late 2004,
2005, and 2006 ) often coinciding with major local holidays.
Americans should be especially vigilant in crowded tourist
areas in the Sinai, practice good personal security measures,
and be alert to their surroundings. A heavy security
presence is apparent to travelers throughout the country.
Since October 2004, three major, coordinated terrorist
bombings targeting the Sinai Peninsula,s tourist
infrastructure caused many deaths and hundreds of injuries,
mostly to Egyptian nationals. U.S. citizens do not appear to
have been targeted in any of these incidents, but many
non-Egyptian tourists, including Americans, have been killed
or injured in these attacks. Most recently, three explosions
in the town of Dahab on April 24, 2006, killed over 20 people
and wounded at least another 80 people, including five U.S.
citizens. In July 2005, massive explosions in Sharm el
Sheikh killed over 60 people, including one American. In
October 2004, three bombs detonated in Taba and two nearby
tourist camps, killing 34 people, including one American.
Evidence of instability in the Sinai has also been reflected
in random attacks on vehicles transiting the interior and two
bomb attacks on Multinational Force Observers near the Rafah
border crossing in August 2005 and April 2006.

9. In addition to the Sinai attacks, there were three terror
attacks on crowded tourist destinations in Cairo in April
2005. In one, a lone suicide bomber killed three foreigners,
including an American, at Cairo,s Khan el-Khalili Market.
Three Americans were seriously injured in this incident.
Prior to the October 2004 attack, there had been no terrorist
incidents involving tourists in Egypt since the mid 1990s.
While the Egyptian Government took effective measures against
the perpetrators of the 2004 and 2005 attacks, the April 2006
bombings reflect a persistent, indigenous threat of terror
activities in the Sinai. U.S. citizens who still plan to
visit the Sinai in spite of the persistent threat of
terrorist attacks, should exercise great caution. As
anywhere, travelers may gain a measure of safety by remaining
particularly alert to their surroundings, by avoiding crowded
tourist areas, and by visiting destination resorts and hotels
with significant physical setback and security procedures.

10. The Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in September
2005 occurred without serious incident. The exact terms for
crossing the border at Rafah have not yet been determined,
however. Travelers seeking to cross the border are likely to
encounter difficulty.

11. Public demonstrations, occasionally take place in public
areas such as Tahrir Square in Cairo and in the vicinity of
universities and mosques. These demonstrations are
frequently accompanied by a heavy security presence. Roads
in the vicinity are often closed. Americans are urged to
avoid areas in which demonstrations are planned or where
large crowds are gathering and to consult local sources to
learn of possible demonstrations. Travelers will gain a
measure of safety by remaining particularly alert to their
surroundings, by avoiding crowded tourist areas and
suspicious objects or individuals, and by visiting resorts
and hotels with significant physical setback. U.S. citizens
should make decisions based on their personal safety and
security considerations and take extra precautions in crowded
tourist areas throughout Egypt. In the event of an incident,
Americans should first take cover, and then depart the area
of commotion immediately. We urge visitors to monitor the
local news and to maintain close contact with the Embassy
throughout their visit. Visitors who will be in Egypt for
more than 14 days must attend a Regional Security Office
(RSO) security briefing.

12. AREAS OF INSTABILITY: From time to time there have been
occurrences of instability, or public disorder, in Cairo and
other areas of Egypt. Most recently, such occurrences took
place in the Nile Valley governorates of Assiut and Sohag.
These governorates, along with the governorates of Minya and
Qena, were areas of extremist activity. Therefore, before
traveling to these governorates, official visitors must first
notify and seek advice from their sponsoring office.

13. CRIME: Even though the crime rate in Egypt is low,
travelers are advised to be especially aware of their
surroundings, as they would in any major city. Incidents of
petty theft, such as purse snatching and pick pocketing,
while not common, do occur. Travelers are strongly cautioned
not to leave valuables such as cash, jewelry, and electronic
items, such as laptop computers, unsecured in hotel rooms, or
left unattended in public places.

countries, all visitors to Egypt should assume that they will
be the subject of technical and physical surveillance.
Visitors must secure classified information and equipment in
an approved container located in a controlled access area at
the Embassy. Sensitive information can be stored at a USG
facility in an approved container. Contact the RSO should
you have any questions concerning the storage of classified
and sensitive information. Any sensitive or classified
materials left in hotel rooms, public places, or other
unsecured locations will be considered compromised.
Classified and sensitive U.S. government information cannot
be discussed in public places, in hotel rooms, or over
unsecured telephones or e-mails. You should also use caution
when communicating sensitive personal information over
non-secure communication systems such as the telephone and
the Internet. Sensitive personal information contained in
unsecured, personally owned laptop computers is also
vulnerable to unauthorized and unwanted intrusion.

15. INFORMATION SECURITY: Travelers with private or U.S.
government (USG) owned electronic devices including laptops,
peripherals, diskettes, tapes, and other media, must receive
RSO/ISSO authorization before these items enter Embassy
facilities. Classified computers must be sent to Post via
the classified diplomatic pouch, or be hand carried by a
non-professional diplomatic courier. All classified
equipment must bear external USG bar-coded inventory numbers
and classification marking commensurate with the highest
level of information processed on the system.
Cellular/mobile phones and palm-pilots are prohibited in
Controlled Access Areas. Questions concerning other types of
electronic devices and magnetic media may be directed to the

16. CONTACTING THE RSO: You may contact the RSO during
working hours at 797-2208 (ext. 2208 from the Embassy
switchboard). After working hours, the duty RSO can be
contacted by calling the Embassy 24-hours per day switchboard
at 797-3300. Visitors should also contact the RSO for advice
and information if they intend to drive a vehicle while in

17. CONSULAR INFORMATION SHEET: For the most current
Consular Information Sheet and the latest travel information
about Egypt, we recommend that all travelers visit the State
Department's website: or <>.

18. ICASS CHARGES: Each visitor, regardless of length of
stay, must forward fiscal data to pay for any direct costs
incurred during the visit. Each agency, organization, or
visiting delegation will be charged for the actual costs
attributed to its visit. Such costs could include, but are
not limited to:

-- American and LES overtime (for such services as airport
expediting, cashier accommodation exchange, control room
staffing, representational event support);
-- Travel and per diem costs incurred by post personnel in
support of field travel;
-- Rental of vehicles and other equipment;
-- Long distance telephone calls;
-- Office supplies;
-- Gasoline and other vehicle maintenance costs.

19. Have a safe trip. We look forward to your visit.

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