February 2, 2011 / 5:14 PM / 7 years ago

Factbox: Travel in and out of Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - Thousands of foreigners queued to fly out of a chaotic Cairo airport on Wednesday as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attacked protesters with fists, stones and clubs in Cairo and the government rejected calls for him to end his 30-year rule now.

Here are details, by country, of some of the measures being taken. China, Japan, Canada, Britain and Turkey have announced extra flights to evacuate their nationals.

AUSTRIA: Austria has evacuated some 490 people on special commercial flights and army planes and plans to take more. Nearly 1,000 Austrians are still in Egypt, mainly at tourist resorts, according to the Foreign Ministry.

BELGIUM: Belgian travel agency Jetair said on its website it was working on an evacuation plan due to start on Monday. Belgian media said about 1,700 tourists were involved. It has suspended flights to Egypt up to and including February 14.

BOSNIA: Bosnia will help evacuate around 130 of its citizens on Thursday on a special flight with local carrier BH Airlines, Security Minister Sadik Ahmetovic said, leaving 70 who do not wish to be evacuated.

BULGARIA: Bulgaria advised its citizens not to travel to Egypt, after saying it would send a government plane on Tuesday to pick up more than 70 Bulgarians.

CHINA: All Chinese travelers stranded in Egypt are expected to have been returned to China by Thursday, the start of the Spring Festival, China’s national tourism authorities said late on Wednesday.

-- China sent eight “special commercial flights” to Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada to bring back Chinese citizens stranded there and six have returned, carrying 1,371 people, including those from Hong Kong, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.


-- Germany has issued an urgent warning against traveling to Egypt and extended the advisory to Red Sea areas. The German units of travel companies TUI and Thomas Cook and German tour operator Rewe said they would cancel all trips to Egypt up to February 14. Lufthansa has brought forward flight times and switched to jumbo jets to meet demand for repatriation.

-- TUI, Thomas Cook and Rewe said they had received only a few requests for customers to fly back early from resorts such as Hurghada and Sharm El Sheik.

-- Air Berlin said it would still fly planes out on Thursday as normal, even if they were empty, to pick up people returning home.

-- The Foreign Ministry has said about 1.1 million German tourists visit Egypt each year. More than 10,000 Germans live permanently in Egypt.

GREECE: Three military C-130 transport aircraft chartered by the Greek government evacuated 182 people from Alexandria on Tuesday, 155 Greeks and the rest citizens of other countries.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s ambassador said 450 to 500 Pakistanis lived in Egypt and some had already left.

SLOVAKIA: The government said it would send its government plane to Egypt on Thursday to pick up Slovak citizens living there. About 50 of the 100 Slovaks in Egypt want to leave.

SPAIN: Spain has advised nationals not to travel to Egypt.

-- Spain’s power and gas utility Gas Natural, which operates a natural gas liquefaction plant in Damietta in northern Egypt, started evacuating non-essential staff.

SWITZERLAND: Switzerland issued a travel warning for non-essential trips to Egypt on Sunday.

-- Swiss-listed travel group Kuoni said it will not offer flights to Egypt (or Tunisia) between February 7 and March 31. This week, however, flights to Egypt are going to plan.

-- Global food giant Nestle, which operates three factories and has 3,000 employees in Egypt, said its operations there had been interrupted because of the unrest and it was evacuating the families of about 20 expatriates.

-- Swiss engineering group ABB said it had some 1,600 employees in Egypt and several expats had left.

TURKEY: Turkey said 1,548 Turks had been brought back from Egypt. A total of 1,114 had been evacuated from Alexandria and Cairo and 434 returned on scheduled flights.

UNITED KINGDOM: Britain has advised against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez.

-- Britain said it would send a chartered Boeing 757, able to carry 200 passengers, to Cairo on Wednesday to bring back Britons wanting to leave, and would charge them 300 pounds ($486) per seat.

-- Thomson and First Choice said they had more than 11,000 customers in Egypt, about 8,700 of them in Sharm el Sheikh and 950 in Luxor. They had no customers in Cairo.

-- Thomson and First Choice are repatriating their 950 customers in Luxor, where the British government has advised against travel.

UNITED STATES: The U.S. State Department said it would help Americans who wanted to leave Egypt, but noted “flights may be disrupted and transport to the airport may be disrupted due to the protests.” There are 52,000 Americans registered with the embassy in Cairo.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit;

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