FCO advises against Egypt travel but Red Sea tourist zones OK

The FCO has upgraded its travel warnings for parts of Egypt, following the unrest there recently.

It is now advising British travellers to avoid certain parts of the country in the light of ongoing mass protests.

Reports say 16 people were killed and 200 injured overnight at a rally at Cairo University in support of president Mohammed Morsi, and as a result the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has tightened up on its travel advice for Britons who may have been planning to visit the country.

Britons are now advised against ‘all but essential travel’ to Egypt due to the continuing unrest – however those resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate are still OK.

Resorts that are not subject to the travel warning and considered safe to visit include those in the entire region of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt’s most popular timeshare destination, as well as Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab; the St Catherine’s Monastery World Heritage Site; road travel between the Red Sea resorts; road travel from the Red Sea resorts to St Catherine’s Monastery approaching from the east; and transfers between the resorts and the airports of Taba and Sharm el Sheikh.

The FCO said: “Although we are not recommending immediate departure at the moment, British nationals already in Egypt in areas where we advise against all but essential travel should consider whether they have a pressing need to remain.

“While in Egypt they should stay at or close to home or a place of safety (e.g. their hotel), keep a low profile and pay close attention to their personal safety, particularly in the larger cities.

“They should take particular care to avoid crowds. The situation is changeable and they should continue to watch our travel advice closely. We are not advising against the use of Cairo airport as a transit stop providing you do not leave the airport grounds.”

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