Jackko, Phil from the safety hub here. I wouldn't go. I see you're British - your own government is advising against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Luxor. Cairo airport is utter chaos.
As for Sharm el Sheikh the foreign office says:
"According to latest information, the Red Sea Resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, remain calm. However, the situation across Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly. You should stay in touch with your tour operator. "
Most other western governments are simply telling their citizens "don't go and if you're there, get out!" and have organised evacuation flights - again not Sharm el Sheikh - but there's a revolution going on!
Overnight the "peaceful" revolution turned ugly with pro-Mubarak groups clashing violently with protesters. At present in Cairo they're throwing petrol bombs from rooftops onto the crowd in Liberation Square. It's all going downhill fast!
Tourism accounts for 10% of the current regime's GDP, its in their interest to protect the industry, but how long will the current regime last? And will any new regime feel the same way about tourism and foreigners?
If the stakes are getting higher, can you be sure one of the groups won't try to escalate things by targeting foreigners? I can't guarantee that, and things in Egypt are very unpredictable at the moment.
From a travel insurance perspective - this is now what's called a "known event", it's widely accepted that Egypt (all of it) is potentially dangerous and unpredictable. If you go there regardless, it could be considered that you deliberately put yourself at risk and your insurer (depending on who it is) may reject any claims. That means lost pre-paid trips, cancelled hotel bookings, any expenses for emergency evacuation flights, any medical bills, or damaged or lost valuables.
In addition Egyptian infrastructure is falling apart. the banks are closed, few are getting paid, the share market was in free-fall before it was closed, the ports are closed and it won;t be long before there are severe shortages. Doesn't sound like a relaxing holiday destination. over 7 years ago
Jacko, I stand by what I said last week.... and point out that although Sharm remains calm, it is subject to a national strike (they think hotel staff might join in).
However,now the major protest, the so-called Day of Departure has passed with little incident, I think Egypt is entering a period of uneasy calm. This depends of course on Mubarak's willingness to stick by the concessions he's made and the promise to go in September, so it could flare up at any time. Keep an eye on the news, and check back at WorldNomads regularly. Also, keep an eye on what your government says about the situation. Personally, I'd look at going somewhere else, just for peace of mind, but that's a decision you have to make. over 7 years ago
Jacko, things are changing fast.... 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 Sharm' is okay.
Obviously keep an eye on developments Jacko.... things are improving now, but there's no guarantee. over 7 years ago
I think Sharm will be a safe destination on the 28th of Feb, I certainly hope so as my wife and I are going then. I believe if there is anymore trouble it will be later in the year if the military don't sort out a fair election. over 7 years agoAnswered by raginbull via WorldNomads.com