As of 22 August, the FCO advice remains the same, but other countries such as the USA, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Russia have all issued advice warning against travel to Egypt. The Egyptian military is now stationed outside the entrance of Sharm el Sheikh.
As of 14 August, the Egyptian government declared a State of Emergency in the entire country for one month and train services have been suspended. There have been demonstrations in cities such as Hurghada, where tourists have been advised to remain within hotel grounds. There is now a curfew between 7pm and 6am local time in various areas, including South Sinai (Sharm el Sheik). The FCO says that it’s still safe to travel to Red Sea resorts, and the hotels are all operating as usual, but local authorities in Sharm have stopped tourist excursions.
Due to the political unrest in Egypt, you may be wondering if it's safe to take a planned trip or book a holiday there. The best answer? It depends on where -- and when -- you want to go.
Heading to Red Sea resorts in the region of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab is still considered safe, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Resorts that are further south along the Red Sea coast, in places like Hurghada, are considered fine as well.
As there's still a risk of demonstrations, the FCO advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt. There's a handy colour-coded safety map on its website if you want to check your intended destination. (Link: )
Travelling via Cairo is considered safe as long as you don't leave the airport.
Many tour operators won't give you a refund unless the FCO has advised against travelling to the area. If you've booked flights and accommodation separately, it's worth spending the time to get travel insurance that covers unexpected events.
Some general safety tips in case you're still a bit nervous:
About one million British nationals visit Egypt every year, according to the FCO.