Hong Kong raises travel alert for Egypt to highest level

20:40, January 30, 2011      

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As the situation in Egypt continues to deteriorate, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced Sunday afternoon that it has decided to raise the outbound travel alert (OTA) for the country to black, urging all residents of the city to avoid all travel to Egypt.

The government said in a release that for those already in Egypt, "they should attend to their personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people."

The release also reminded HK residents the number of a 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit if they are in need.

According to the release, the HK government also issued SMS over mobile phones to residents with roaming services in Egypt to remind them the black travel alert.

The city's Tourism Council announced Saturday to cancel all tour groups to Egypt scheduled to set off from Hong Kong before Feb. 1 and about 500 tourists were affected.

Source: Xinhua
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