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Our hotel is within 5 km of Tahrir Square and wanted to confirm safety amidst all this violent protests taking place. Do you advise and recommend for us to cancel or do we not have to worry about being affected?

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    Yoemna, it is of course entirely up to you and how comfortable you feel going, but personally I wouldn't cancel - not yet anyway. But do keep an eye on developments. I think it's going to get worse leading up to the next round of presidential elections on June 17th, and of course there's a fair bit of anger at the life sentence handed down to former president Mubarak. It is certainly an unstable and unpredictable situation. maybe it will all have calmed down by the time you're going. Talk to your tour provider/hotel about the situation, and ask them what contingency plans they have in place. A word of warning; if YOU cancel your trip (instead of your hotel or airline cancelling it) you may not be able to get all of your money back (in insurance terms 'cancellation' means if the trip is cancelled on you, because of circumstances. best to read your policy carefully)
    Having said that - the good news - none of the tourist spots, such as Giza, are usually affected when there's trouble. The further away from Tahrir Square and Cairo you get the quieter it seems to be (politically speaking).
    In Cairo it is Tahrir Square that is the focus of the trouble, but it's a big place, several city blocks so there could be trouble at one end and you could escape easily at the other. And thankfully you're going to be 5 km away! I believe that's plenty of distance to be safe.
    If (when) you do go, avoid Tahrir Square as much as possible (some roads go around the edge), don't go there at all on foot. if you want to visit the Antiquities museum which is on the edge of the square, check with hotel staff about possible demonstrations or best ways to get there. If you see ANY public gathering, move away.
    In the meantime, keep an eye on developments in the news. Try to keep a bit of perspective, but I think it is sensible to be prepared to defer your trip until a quieter time if the situation worsens. Oh, and check with your travel insurer about any special conditions for travel to Egypt at this time.
    Phil from the safety hub over 8 years ago

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