Is it safe to travel to Egypt now? Updated info from the UK government (Part 2)
Click here for a previous story about the raucous demonstrations in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, July 29. Below is a continuation of updated information from the UK’s Foreigh and Commonwealth Office (FOA). It was updated on Wednesday, July 27. Click here for part one of the FOA’s advice, including a recap of the recent violent demonstrations in the country this summer.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety and Security – Political Situation
Egypt Country Profile
Large demonstrations have been ongoing in Cairo since 8 July. On 23-24 July over 300 people were injured in violent clashes in the Abbasiya district of Cairo. Demonstrators are currently occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo and no traffic is permitted through the Square.
A further large demonstration is planned for Friday 29 July in and around Tahrir Square, Cairo. There are also reports of demonstrations planned for Roxy Square, Heliopolis, Cairo, and in Alexandria. The possibility remains of demonstrations in other districts and cities across Egypt including Suez.
Between 25 January and 11 February there were major disturbances in Cairo and other locations across Egypt, including Suez, North Sinai, Rafah, the Delta region and some areas of Upper Egypt, including Luxor. Since 11 February, sporadic violent outbreaks have occurred in a number of locations in Egypt including the major cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.
If you are in areas of Egypt where there have been disturbances, you are advised to follow the advice set out below.
There have been frequent demonstrations in a number of major cities, usually on Fridays. Some of the demonstrations have involved violence. We advise that you follow the news on the television and radio closely, and stay away from demonstrations and large gatherings of people. You should respect any advice or instruction from the local security authorities and tour operators. There have also been reports of sexual assaults on women occurring during demonstrations. There have also been a number of arrests during demonstrations, including British and other foreign nationals.
If travelling outside major cities to areas where roads have been blocked by protests such as Qena, Suez and Sinai you should exercise caution and seek advice from local security authorities before proceeding.
Recent incidents include:
Demonstrations in Cairo on 22 and 23 July. Violent clashes occurred in the Abbasiya district of Cairo on 23-24 July, in which around 300 persons were injured.
Large demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria on 8 July. Tahrir Square in Cairo is currently still occupied by protestors.
On 6 July there were large demonstrations in Suez. Protestors have on occasion blocked roads in and around the city.
Violent confrontations between police and demonstrators in and around Tahrir Square, Cairo, on 28/29 June.
Riots in downtown Cairo on 9 June in which one person died.
Protests by Bedouins on roads in Sinai, in May and June, particularly between Ras Sudr and Abu Rudeis, and in Wadi Feran in south Sinai.
Violent clashes outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on 15 May in which a large number of people were injured and arrested.
Violent clashes between the police and demonstrators on 14 May in front of the State TV and Radio Building in Central Cairo in which 78 people were injured.
Sectarian clashes in the Cairo district of Imbaba on 7 and 9 May, in which at least 12 people were killed and over 260 injured.
Violent protests in mid-April in the southern Egyptian city of Qena and its surroundings district. Road and railway lines through the Province were blocked by protesters.
Violent demonstrations in Tahrir on 9 April in which one person was killed and 71 people were injured.
Violent sectarian clashes on 8 March in the Moqattam district of Cairo in which 13 people died and 140 were injured.
Clashes in Tahrir Square on 8 and 9 March which resulted in one death and a number of injuries. In Alexandria the military shot dead three looters in the downtown area on 9 March.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt now?
Click here for part three of the British Goverment’s official warnings and advice about traveling to Egypt.