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July 14, 2023 Cristina Lee-Pisco 399 views

THE Philippine Embassy in Cairo strongly reiterated its call for all Filipinos in Sudan to leave the country immediately to ensure their safety due to the unabated fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces as they vie for control of the northeastern African country.

In a public advisory, the Philippine Government stressed it continues to assist Filipinos who wish to evacuate Sudan.

“If you wish to return to the Philippines, please provide the Embassy your full name, contact number, and copy of passport. Kindly advise if you are in possession of a valid passport or not and state the reason for not having your passport in your possession,” the advisory said.

Filipinos who choose to proceed to Egypt should comply with the standing order of applying for entry visa in advance.

Applicants were told to apply for entry visas at the Egyptian Consulate in Wadi Halfa, and comply with Egypt’s regulations and requirements on visa application.

“Filipino applicants will need to obtain Egyptian security clearance as a requirement of visa application. As per the advice of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such requests should be coursed through the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, and are usually approved after ten (10) days minimum,” it said.

Requesting individuals will need to stay where they are and will not be allowed entry into Egyptian territory until the approval for their entry has been received, the advisory stressed.

Applicants must also note that those given this temporary entry must depart Egypt at the earliest opportunity.

The Embassy assured it will make those arrangements for repatriation.

Filipinos who choose to evacuate through Port Sudan should likewise inform the Embassy in advance, the advisory said.

“Make sure that you have sufficient cash with you (to cover costs of your food, water and accommodation) as the wait in both Wadi Halfa and Port Sudan will take an average 10 days or more,” the embassy said.

Those who opted to stay in Sudan were asked to provide the Embassy their full name, contact details, location in Sudan, as well as the name and contact details of emergency contact(s) in the Philippines; and be in possession of a valid passport.

The Philippine Embassy in Cairo may be reached through: WhatsApp/Mobile: (+20) 122 743 6472; Facebook/Messenger: PHinEgypt; Email: [email protected].