Ukraine directs border guard to allow Egyptians to leave country

Zeinab El-Gundy , Sunday 27 Feb 2022

The Ukrainian authorities have directed the country's border guards to allow Egyptians to leave the country via borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv said on Sunday.

An elderly Ukrainian woman and other Ukrainians fleeing their country are pictured at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border crossing in Tiszabecs, Hungary, on February 27, 2022. AFP

The statement on the embassy’s Facebook page added that the directives had been issued after coordinating with the Egyptian embassies in the abovementioned countries and the Ukrainian foreign ministry.

In a press conference held early Sunday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Cairo stated that it was coordinating with the Egyptian embassy in Kyiv regarding the return of Egyptians currently in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires in Egypt Ruslan Nechai revealed that his embassy in Cairo was also coordinating with Poland and Romania regarding the visa of Egyptians.

There were around 6,000 Egyptians living in Ukraine prior to the invasion, including 3,000 students.

Early on Sunday, Egyptian embassies in Bucharest and Warsaw issued instructions on their official Facebook pages to Egyptians crossing the Polish and Romanian borders to contact them as soon as they cross the border and to prepare copies of their passports and photos in order to facilitate their air evacuation and accommodation at the nearest possible time.

On Saturday, Egypt’s Minister of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram announced that a group of 1,000 Egyptian expats were on their way to Bucharest while another smaller group of 80 had arrived on the Ukrainian-Polish borders.

Over the past few days, the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv have urged citizens in western parts of Ukraine to head to the border crossings with Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

The embassy, however, advised citizens in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and eastern cities to stay at home or in shelters, adding that negotiations are underway to secure a safe exit for those in the eastern parts.

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