Is it sate to travel to Egypt now? US State Department, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice
The raucous demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, July 29, is making headlines in the UK and around the world. The demonstration was designed to show cohesiveness among Egypt’s many opposition movements. But instead, observers say it turned into a show of strength for the Egypt’s militant Islamists. See Al Jazeera video on the left for an eyewitness account.
Because more and more people have been scared off from visiting Egypt, if you can travel now, you will find some great bargains.
But the main question on the minds of would-be tourists now is not the bargains but safety. Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Click here for advice from the British Foreign and Commonweallth Office (FCO). The advice was updated on Wednesday, July 27.
The statement below is from the US State Department. it was issued on April 28, 2011.
The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that, given the continuing improvements since the January 25 Revolution, the ordered departure status for the U.S. Embassy has been lifted as of April 29, 2011 and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has resumed normal operations. Given that Egyptian security services have not yet fully redeployed, the Department alerts U.S. citizens planning to travel to Egypt to the possibility of sporadic unrest. The security situation in Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, continues to be calm. This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2011.
Until the Egyptian civilian police has fully redeployed, police response to emergency requests for assistance or reports of crime may be delayed. The Government of Egypt continues to enforce a country-wide curfew. As of April 28, the curfew hours are from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. U.S. citizens should respect the curfew and remain indoors during these hours.
All airports, including the Cairo airport, are open and operating; commercial airlines report flight availability. Travelers should contact airlines or tour operators concerning flight schedules. U.S. citizens who reside in Egypt should keep their travel documents up to date and maintain sufficient funds on hand to depart by air should security conditions change.
The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. Should security forces block off the area around the U.S. Embassy during demonstrations, and U.S. citizens should not attempt to come to the U.S. Embassy during that time. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to carry identification and, if moving about alone, a cell phone or other means of communication that works in Egypt.
The U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens’ Services by appointment. U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment. Visit the Embassy website to check the latest changes to Embassy hours or services. U.S. citizens with routine phone inquiries may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services section at 2797-2301, Sunday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300. The U.S. Embassy is closed on U.S. federal holidays. U.S. citizens in Egypt are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 . These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Egypt is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300.