Foreign Office Update on: Egypt


Egypt is home to one of the most well-known Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the pyramids. Lately however, it's had a lot of bad press. Political upheaval has blighted the countries previously good track record when it comes to tourists with a drop from 15 million visitors to only 9.5 million last year.

Pyramids in Egypt

Can I Still Travel There?

People are unaware if it's safe or not to visit Egypt and what restrictions may be in place when you get there. However, the Egyptian ministry of tourism have launched a new campaign to win back the hearts of their tourists with a 'We've missed you' campaign.

The Home Office has recently published a summary of where is safe to travel to in Egypt however, the majority of the tourist hot spots remain in the green such as Luxor, Giza and Cairo.

The Egyptian government has also safeguarded Sharm el Sheikh, a popular destination for families who book all-inclusive breaks. Because of the previous bad press, families are finding that it is now cheaper than it was before to get better quality hotels with prices being driven down.

For those that are not willing to risk it in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Oman are all good alternatives where you can still soak up Arab culture and avoid any potential conflicts. However, if you still want to explore one of the richest cultures in the world, the time to do so is now.

What to do whilst you’re there

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) encourage travellers from Britain to sign up to their free email service and to follow FCO Travel on Facebook and Twitter for real time travel advice updates.

Embassies and High Commissions abroad have their own services to help spread the word on what's going on.

All of these services and comprehensive travel and medical insurance are beneficial when travelling, nevertheless, if you're unfortunate enough to suffer from an accident or illness whilst on holiday you'll have to make a claim to your tour operator when you get home.

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