Latest Foreign Office advice for travel to Egypt

Holidaymakers are being urged to take care when visiting some of Egypt’s main cities, after a state of emergency was declared in parts of Egypt recently. The British Embassy was forced to shut in Cairo earlier this week, while the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned of “ongoing disturbances in Cairo, Port Said, Suez and Alexandria."

However it is important to note that tourist spots such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are not affected.

Following days of civil unrest, a night time curfew from 9pm to 6am has been imposed in the Egyptian cities for thirty days.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated the advice on its website, stating: "There have been several fatalities. Take care in those cities and avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.”

The state of emergency announcement came amid growing opposition to Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s regime.

There have been no reports of disturbances in the main tourist areas of the country, including the popular yachting and diving tourist destination, the Red Sea Riviera where many luxury timeshare resorts and hotels are located and there are no travel restrictions in place to that region.

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