Is it secure to journey to Egypt?

Q: I’ve a vacation booked to Egypt. Nonetheless, amid the Israel-Hamas battle, I’m questioning whether it is it secure to journey to Egypt.

A: Egypt has lengthy been a well-liked scorching spot for Brits providing historical tradition, the pyramids, and historical past in addition to solar and sand holidays. Egypt shares a border with Israel and a brief border with Gaza – the Rafa border – managed by them.

To date Egypt has managed to keep away from being drawn into the battle between Israel and Hamas and has largely escaped disruption. Bombs have fallen close to the Rafa border and the Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) mentions that on 8 October, two Israeli vacationers had been killed by a neighborhood police officer after he reportedly “discharged his private firearm on the vacationer group” at a website within the coastal metropolis of Alexandria.

So on the time of writing, it’s enterprise as standard. Airways are nonetheless working flights and vacation corporations are nonetheless sending their shoppers to Egypt.

How far are Egypt’s vacation resorts from Israel?

Map courtesy of Israel Palestinan.procon

Although Egypt and Israel share the brief Rafa border of 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), Egypt is an enormous nation.

Egypt’s large land mass stretches 1.1,002,450 km2 (387,050 sq mi) which makes it the twenty ninth largest nation on the planet.

Vacationer areas are fairly a distance away. For example, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt’s in style seaside resort is 393 km (245 miles) away – round 5 hours away by automobile from the border with Gaza.

These heading to Cairo, Alexandria, Hurghada and Luxor will likely be greater than six hours away by automobile.

So, will my package deal vacation go forward? 

Presently package deal holidays are nonetheless going forward. UK flights to Egypt are at present taking to the air. Their flight path passes over Italy to the Meditteranean as flights head to Egypt with out coming into Israeli air area. Nonetheless, it’s value checking if there are any delays.

What if I wish to postpone my journey to Egypt?

If you want to postpone it’s possible you’ll discover that the company you booked by means of, although not obliged to be, could also be versatile. If they’re this is able to be a good-will gesture since, in legislation, there isn’t any foundation to anticipate a refund both from the vacation firm or to make a journey insurance coverage declare.

This could change if the Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) issued a blanket “keep away from all non-essential journey” advisory for Egypt. It has already achieved so for journey to Israel. On this case, you’d be capable of cancel your journey plans with out penalty and get your a refund.

What does the Overseas Workplace say about journey to Egypt?

The Overseas Workplace doesn’t at present warn in opposition to journey to vacationer locations together with Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria. 

Nonetheless, the FCDO advises in opposition to all journey to locations anyplace inside 20km of the Egypt-Libya border (apart from the city of El Salloum, the place it advises in opposition to all however important journey) and the Governorate of North Sinai.

It advises travellers to “stay vigilant and train warning at vacationer and spiritual websites, in addition to public gatherings”.

You’ll find out extra about these areas the place you shouldn’t journey to in Egypt on the FCDO web site.

Concern for family and friends

In case you are involved about associates or household, or want consular help name:

  • British Embassy Cairo on + 20 (0)2 2791 6000

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