File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building. Al-Ahram
As some Egyptians are still trying to get to Egypt from Romania, the Egyptian Embassy in Bucharest has reaffirmed that the entry stamp granted by Romanian authorities at their borders is temporary and could expire soon, the embassy warned in the statement.
Stamp holders are not permitted to work nor study in Romania and the accommodations provided by the embassy in coordination with Romanian authorities is also temporary.
“Residents in those places should take into account the current humanitarian situation in addition to the continued influx of refugees to the capital,” the statement concluded.
Minister of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram earlier urged all nationals heading to any war-torn zones to provide their info to the Egyptian Embassy in Moscow on the e-mail: [email protected].
Makram also urged all Egyptian students studying in Ukraine to register on a standardised form that aims to survey their needs and demands, pointing out that 1,900 Egyptians have registered so far.
Last weekend, Egyptian authorities launched an air bridge to repatriate nationals who evacuated Ukraine to neighbouring countries.
In the past several days, hundreds of Egyptian expats have entered the neighbouring countries of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland.
Egyptian airlines have also repatriated more than 550 nationals from Romania, Poland, and Hungary over the weekend, in addition to 71 from Slovakia on Tuesday, with more flights planned in the near future.
Before the Russian invasion, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students.
Furthermore, the government has instructed the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv to provide all the necessary support and care to injured nationals and other expats in Ukraine, adding that stranded Egyptians in the Ukrainian capital and eastern cities — which are under heavy Russian attack — should stay at home and shelters.