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Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

As of 28 February, the FCO advice remains the same, but German tour operators are pulling their holidaymakers out of Sharm el Sheik after the German government labelled the resort a no-go zone on 26 February. German operators have also cancelled their holidays to Sharm for the next few weeks.

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:

  • Avoid crowds
  • Keep a low profile
  • Stay close to your hotel
  • Keep your wits about you

About one million British nationals visit Egypt every year, according to the FCO.

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Friday, 26 July 2013
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