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As an unmarried adult Egyptian woman living abroad with a valid Egyptian passport, can my father/brother/... stop me, by law, from leaving Egypt after a visit there?

I know I don't need to show a permission by a male guardian at the airport to leave Egypt (unlike, say, women from Saudi Arabia), so by default I am allowed to leave the country, but what if my father/brother/... gets active to prevent that?

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  • Are you over 21 years old? – mkennedy Aug 9 '18 at 18:56
  • @mkennedy Yes I am older than 21 – J. Dough Aug 9 '18 at 19:05
  • What does Egyptian law say? – Giorgio Aug 9 '18 at 21:22
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    This seems like it would be a more appropriate question for Law. – Michael Hampton Aug 9 '18 at 21:48
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    Please stay safe! – gerrit Aug 10 '18 at 10:02
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IMHO based on the question, I suspect you are concerned that you will be held against your will in Egypt. If this is true, then there are other higher priority questions that should be posed:

  • Is there law / practice / precedent that could cause detainment?
  • Does the male relative have the positional authority to detain (policeman etc.)
  • Is the benefit of a visit worth the risk?
  • What alternatives are available to visit: can you meet family in another country?
  • What risk mitigation can be engaged to prevent detainment?

I am sure that there are other good questions that I have not listed. I hope this helps to make a good decision and avoid a bad outcome.

  • I'm so very tempted to upvote this answer, because it speaks to common reason. Alas, it is not founded in law, so I cannot :( – Dan Rayson Nov 25 '18 at 14:17

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