Travel updates and news look bleak but my tour guide insists all is safe
Kimber, coincidentally today I received a copy of the annual report on security in Egypt from the US State Dept's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. A very comprehensive report. let me pass on a few details.
First and foremost the report confirms what's been said by me and others about Cairo: generally it is safe for tourists as long as you avoid Tahrir Square. It's a big place so not all parts of it are dangerous, but certainly the areas near the Interior Ministry (which sadly is close to the Museum) and the people's Assembly building should be avoided. Apart from Alexandria, where there's been a small level of protest violence, all other parts of Egypt (especially the Red Sea resorts, Luxor, Aswan and Giza) are mostly free of trouble.
However, the report notes that since the revolution, the police force, which was a corrupt arm of the old regime, has been slow to regroup and refocus. The authority of the discredited force is in tatters. Consequently there is a rise in crime - petty and serious. Now remember, Egypt was a low crime country under Pres. Mubarak, so they're starting from a low base, BUT the report says there are increasing numbers of bag snatching in tourist areas, especially Maadi and Heliopolis. A couple of ex-pats/tourists have been hurt when dragged to the ground by bag snatchers who operate from motorcycles or cars (tip: walk on the footpath well away from the roadside).
There have also been a number of car-jackings (pay a ransom and you get your car back), but the target tends to be big SUV's, so if you're mad enough to hire a car, get something small and undesirable (Egypt has one of the highest road deaths per mile rates in the world).
So, that's the long answer. The short answer is "yes, if you take reasonable precautions against petty crime and watch the roads". almost 6 years ago
Its safe.. I jUst arrived today. Was here three weeks back and stayed near Tahir Square. There was a protest and fight near interior ministry but only lasted Two days. Generrally its safe. No problems for me so far... almost 6 years agoAnswered by Dave via WorldNomads.com
As everyone is saying Cairo is indeed generally safe. There haven't been any serious protests for a little while but they can spring up very quickly like the problems after the football stadium deaths in Port Said. But the city is operating as normal. My best advice is to be aware of what's happening around you, if you're on Twitter you'd soon know if a problem was brewing if you use #Tahrir. The Museum is operating as usual, Mohamed Mahmoud is on the opposite side of the square, and the Museum is set back a little from the square itself anyway. And yes you do need to be aware also that crime seems to be increasing - again,watch what is happening around you. - compared to many other cities Egypt and Cairo are very safe indeed.
Lyndall almost 6 years ago