Travel Advice: Egypt – Feb 2012

  • We advise against all but essential travel to Sinai north of the Suez-Taba road. This advice does not apply to the towns of Suez or Taba. This advice is due to the significant increase in the risk of criminal activity in the North Sinai area.
  • There are frequent large-scale demonstrations, often on Fridays, in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Demonstrations also often take place elsewhere in Cairo, as well as other cities in Egypt, including Alexandria.
  • Protestors remain in Tahrir Square in Cairo although vehicle access is not currently restricted. Mohammed Mahmoud and Shaikh Rihan Streets both remain blocked off and Qasr al Aini is also blocked near Tahrir Square. There is an increased risk of transport delays due to traffic congestion around central Cairo.
  • British nationals should avoid all crowds and demonstrations. The situation can change rapidly and we recommend that you follow events on local and international news and seek advice from tour operators and local authorities.
  • There have been two incidents in February 2012 of kidnappings of foreign tourists by armed tribesmen on the road between Dahab and St Catherine’s in Sinai. Both groups were released unharmed within hours. You should exercise caution when travelling outside resorts in the Sinai and take advice from local security authorities and your tour operator.
  • The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is open daily from 09:00 – 17:00 except Fridays and public holidays, but is subject to closure at short notice. The Rafah border crossing is in North Sinai and we advise against all but essential travel to this area.
  • There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Egypt, including in Sinai. Security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas. There is a high risk of indiscriminate attacks including public places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, including but not limited to resorts, hotels and restaurants.
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