Foreign Office advises against Egypt travel
The UK Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to Egypt as the nation’s troubles continue.
The government is warning that no UK nationals should travel to the northern Sinai Peninsula following the killing of 24 Egyptian policemen on Monday, and is strongly advising against travel in the rest of Egypt following a week in which over 800 people died in violent clashes between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protestors.
A foreign office spokesman said; “The overall level of travel advice remains unchanged. We continue to advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai, and against all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt, with the exception of the Red Sea resorts. We advise all British Nationals who are in Egypt or who are planning to travel to Egypt to regularly check our travel advice.”
The office said that it is not advising against the use of Cairo as a transit stop provided that you do not leave the airport’s grounds. If you are already in the country and in a part of the country where the Foreign Office is advising against you should consider whether you have a crucial need to stay there.
The Foreign Office also advised that if staying in the country, you should stay at or close to your home or a safe place such as a hotel, keep a low profile and be aware of your surroundings, particularly in the bigger cities.
They strongly advise to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Don’t attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protestors. If you’re a woman then take particular care as it has been reported that sexual assault has been common place at the protests, both Egyptian and foreign women have been victims.
Currently a curfew is being enforced in most of the major cities including Cairo and Alexandria. The curfew takes place between 7pm and 6am and is expected to remain in place for a number of weeks, a state of national emergency was also imposed and is expected to stay in force for one month.
The Foreign Office website can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt