Egypt: Advice for travellers
Several tour operators have already cancelled trips, flights and cruises to Egypt, following the British Foreign Office's updated travel advice on Wednesday, 3rd July, and the country's dramatic change of leadership.
In a statement the Foreign Office says: “In view of the continued unrest, the FCO has changed its travel advice for Egypt to recommend against all but essential travel to the country except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate.”
Although the Foreign Office is not advising British nationals in the country leave immediately, it recommends that travellers should consider whether they have a 'pressing need to remain'.
Travellers are warned that the situation in Egypt is unstable and are advised to keep a close eye on Foreign Office travel advice and local media reports. Visitors should avoid all protests and areas where large groups of people have gathered.
Foreign Secretary William Hague commented on national news programmes: “The situation is clearly dangerous and we call on all sides to show restraint and avoid violence. We continue to advise British citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt apart from the Red Sea resorts, and to monitor travel advice from the Foreign Office.”
Tourists hoping to visit Egypt in the next few days or weeks are advised to contact their tour operator or airline for further information. Amongst other companies and specialist tour operators, both Thomson and First Choice have now cancelled all outbound flights to Luxor and are working to repatriate customers in the region. They have also amended a cruise itinerary to remove scheduled stops to Egypt.