We are looking at going to Egypt July/August but have read on the DFAT website that we should reconsider travel to Egypt. Has anyone been recently, as in this year, and if so would you recommend going? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
My friends just spent two weeks in Egypt - flew back yesterday. One was spent in Cairo and the other in Hurghada. No problems for them in either city.
I spent a lovely week in Cairo last year visiting the sites. We stayed at the Four Seasons and got an amazing guide through the hotel who really knew her stuff. We went to the Pyramids at Giza, did the light/sound show which was corny but quite good, went to Saqqara, the Museum etc. Thoroughly loved it. about 8 years ago
Tracy, the DFAT advice is in 2 parts, and for the Red Sea resorts, Luxor and Aswan the warning is lower at "High degree of caution" - and that's nothing to do with the revolution but because of "high threat of terror attack". The fear is that while the nation is unstable going through this period of change, terrorists might take advantage of the situation and launch an attack. I'm not privy to DFAT briefings, but maybe they have some intelligence on this threat.
If you go to Cairo (to see the pyramids) can I recommend you stay away from Tahrir Square, demonstrations break out from time to time and violence is not uncommon. Since the revolution there've been few police on the streets, so you really do need to be careful in the capital. The're having a revolution and while not violent at the moment this is a period of social and political upheaval. If you see a demonstration or public gathering, walk the other way, quickly. And check with hotel staff before you head out for the day - they'll know if there are demonstrations planned and which parts of Cairo are best avoided.
I'm not saying you need to walk around like a SWAT team, just make sure you're aware of what's going on.
Enjoy the trip. about 8 years ago
I hope you are still planning to come - Egypt is quite calm and is offering a warm welcome to tourists. There is a calm protest ongoing in Tahrir right now but little or no disturbance along the Red Sea or in Upper Egypt. There has not been even at the height of the Revolution earlier in the year. I sometimes wonder where info comes from. For example the Australian govt site says there was a major problem in Luxor earlier - I know many people who live in Luxor and and at no time did anyone see or hear of any demonstration. Come to Egypt and enjoy - people will be very pleased to see you. almost 8 years ago