I don't recommend it. All foreign offices are warning against all non-essential travel to Egypt and foreign nationals are being told to leave. My friend (British) was evacuated from Hurghada yesterday after looters tore her house apart and robbed her. Change her flight to another time... almost 8 years ago
from what i read by a dutch tourist its okay there there is army ppl there but not tanks and there response was there are there to keep its safe and they should go about as normal.. we fly on friday to and will still be going almost 8 years agoAnswered by sami via WorldNomads.com
Unrest Egypt: Rest in Hurghada
Published: February 1, 2011 - 4:49 pm | by Maurice Laparlière
Who is the boulevard of Hurghada, notice that it is quiet: no protests but few tourists. Andrée de Jong has lived six years in the Egyptian resort on the Red Sea and says there is currently nothing going on. "The grapevine is usually larger than the truth."
"I finally turned off the television. I am not all that tall stories of things going on. But until now nothing really going on in Hurghada. It seems like people love bad news, fear and panic spread. It's annoying because family and friends in the Netherlands questions when I get back, and I come back if it does not have. "
Andree is voluntary liaison for the Dutch embassy, called the head block. When she noticed it was restless in Egypt, she took the initiative to the registration list of the Dutch in the region to update.
According to Andree, there are misunderstandings about the presence of the army in Hurghada. There are no tanks with big guns, but a number of armored military vehicles. "We've talked to. They are very friendly guys who said 'We are here. We protect you. Just live your life. Nothing wrong. "
"And that is true. There is nothing wrong so far. Cairo is 500 km away. I see on television what the rest of the world too see. A far-from-my-bed-show, almost. "
http://www.rnw.nl/nederlands/article/onrust-egypte-rust-hurghada?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter translated abit above almost 8 years agoAnswered by sami via WorldNomads.com
Tracy, Phil from the safety hub here. I agree with what Tania said... you should listen to government travel warnings, they don't make them without serious thought.
However, having said that, all the indications are that the Red Sea resorts are relatively peaceful - at the moment. Israel has sent some of its own security forces to help the Egyptian authorities (which is both reassuring, but worrying that they think it's necessary!)
10% of Egypt's GDP comes from tourism so the current government has a vested interest in protecting the industry. Will any new regime feel the same way - who knows?
Egypt is unstable, unpredictable and volatile.... doesn't sound like a great mix for a relaxing holiday.
From a travel insurance perspective - depending on who her insurer is, and what policy she has, its very unlikely she'll be covered. The situation in Egypt, in insurance terms, is what's called a "known event" ie we all know its potentially dangerous, if you go regardless and get hurt, or your trip gets cancelled or you're stranded and need to rearrange (and pay for) evacuation flights... it's highly likely the answer you'll get from your insurer's assistance line is "sorry, you're on your own!". almost 8 years ago
Gosh - what a flippin nightmare - so many things to think about. I think she's still going to go.......the holiday cost her a lot of money and at this stage - she won't be refunded if she doesn't go. I know life is more important than money but she's a strong willed woman - I just hope if she does get there okay - she stays safe! - I will make sure I pass on all your comments - this has been really helpful. Thanks so much for your response. almost 8 years ago
I live in Hurghada ,It's fine here and safe - yes the army are in Hurghada - but that's a few tanks only and they're here for us. Ok, there's not as many tourists about at the moment - they seem to be mainly staying in the hotels - but as far as I can see - it's perfectly safe here. almost 8 years agoAnswered by Jen via WorldNomads.com
Tracy and Akader, just updating you on travel advisories and warnings:
things are changing fast, and for the better.... Australia's foreign affairs office TODAY downgraded its travel warning for Egypt. they now say "reconsider your need to travel".
The British FCO as of today is still saying avoid Cairo but Luxor and the Red Sea resorts are okay.
Obviously keep an eye on developments.
Tracy how was your mum's trip? almost 8 years ago