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Is Egypt still safe to travel to?

almost 10 years ago about Egypt
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    If you know that over 12 million travelers visit Egypt annually then you will know how safe Egypt is.

    Egypt is a safe country, some tourist might think that it is full of terrorist due to some previous events that happended in the late 90s and early 2000.
    But terrorist attacks are happening every where in the world.

    The Egyptian people is hospitable and they always are keen to help.

    Egypt Travel Guide: http://www.egyptholidaysdirectory.com almost 10 years ago

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    I was there last December with my family and generally I'd have to say it is actually a very safe country to visit compared to many others. There is the obvious terrorist threat, particularly at the main tourist sites and top hotels, but this is true of many countries these days. My advice here: be exceptionally aware of your personal security when visiting the main sites and don't stay in the obvious top hotels.

    From Luxor, we also explored the wonderful temple of Abydos which is a 4 hour drive back north and well worth the effort. There were lots of security checkpoints all with heavily armed police to protect you from said terrorists: I reckon you'd have more chance if being shot by accident than attacked.

    The tourist massacre that happened 10 years ago meant they lost almost all local support which is going to make a repeat very much harder - but not impossible.

    However, our visit remains a highlight of the many places I've been and I found Egypt and it's people to be exceptionally welcoming given how many tourists go there. almost 10 years ago

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    I took my mum to Cairo for New Years Eve 2009 and found it to be safe. I had arranged a pickup from the airport and booked into a 5* hotel. We walked around Cairo, used the metro, hopped in and out of local taxis and also had a local woman as a guide at some of the main attractions.

    I would say that you have to be quite determined - walking through the market, for example, took a little bit of nerves as you get spoken to with every step, but I see this as an advantage to chat and meet locals, rather than a pain. As long as you are firm and know what you want then you are fine.

    We walked to the Egyptian Museum and did get a tout trying to "help" us, but again, a firm but polite thanks but no thanks worked wonders. Taxis will honk at you all the time for attention and business; people will try and sell you things that you really dont need; there will always be theft/pickpockets etc but I really believe that its down to you to get the most out of each situation.

    I certainly didnt feel threatened in Cairo and I did enjoy my time there. Is it safe - sadly no where is safe nowadays, but as long as you take basic precautions, dont do anything you wouldnt do in your own home town or country, look to the FCO for advice about specific threats etc, and use your common sense, then things should be okay. Of course, there are no guarantees and when things go wrong, it tends to be an awful happening and generates huge interest/media attention.

    I liked Cairo - I found the restaurants great, the people were brilliant and friendly and the cheeky ones were just that - cheeky but manageable. We saw a lot of armed guards at the main sites and took some comfort in that.

    But my advice, plan and go - it is worth it. almost 10 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Simon and Sam are both correct, those 2005 & 2206 terror attacks were a turning point for Egypt. Not much since then, except for September 2008, 11 foreign tourists were kidnapped for ransom in the remote south west near the Sudanese border, so stay away from there. Other than that, the worst thing the US State Dept can say is that it gets a bit boisterous when there's a soccer match going on.
    The Overseas Security Advisory Council says the biggest threat to foreigners in Egypt is injury in a motor vehicle accident. Egypt has one of the highest accident rates in the world. It's especially bad in cairo where many of the traffic lights don't work (no one pays any attention when they do work!).
    There's the usual petty crime, so keep a close eye on your valuables and don't flash your cash around.
    one other thing: apparently everyone when they first lay eyes on the pyramids says "Wow, they're so big!" - so if your taxi driver rolls his eyes, don't be surprised. Phil. almost 10 years ago

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