Egypt Travel Advisory: Safety, Where to Go, and Coronavirus

Egypt Travel Advisory: Safety, Where to Go, and Coronavirus

Egypt is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and millions of international holidaymakers apply for a visa and fly here every year to see its many attractions.

However, first-time travelers to the Middle East wonder about the safety of the area and due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, many are asking themselves whether there are travel restrictions in place and if they should cancel their plane tickets.

This page contains useful information for those who are planning a trip to Egypt, including:

  • Egypt safety
  • Egypt government travel advice from around the world
  • Egypt travel restrictions and visa disruption for coronavirus

Egypt Safety for Foreigners: Travel Advisory for Specific Regions

Overall, Egypt is a very safe country that is well used to and prepared for receiving large numbers of people all year round. The vast majority of travelers enjoy their time in Egypt trouble-free.

In popular and crowded areas like Cairo, foreigners can expect to find information and help in English. Violent crimes are very rarely committed against non-Egyptian citizens.

However, tourists should be aware that pickpocketing (like in all major urban centers) can occasionally occur and should, therefore, follow common sense and keep their belongings close.

Although Egypt is a peaceful country, tensions in the larger Middle Eastern area may have repercussions on some Egyptian regions. However, these aren’t normal tourist locations and won’t feature on most travel itineraries.

Areas that should be avoided by travelers according to several foreign governments (such as the UK and US) include:

  • The Governorate of North Sinai
  • The Governorate of South Sinai, except the territory within the Sharm el-sheik perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay, and Nabq. Travel restrictions previously in place between Sharm el-sheik and some parts of the world were lifted in late 2019
  • The territory west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh
  • The border areas, especially those close to military zones

Safety advice for Egypt

As mentioned before, holidaymakers should most be concerned with petty crime life small thefts and robberies. Normal safety recommendations apply to Egyptian travel including:

  • Avoid walking alone at night in poor-lit streets
  • Don’t flash expensive valuables like cameras and jewelry
  • Don’t keep all your cash and credit cards in one place
  • Pay special attention in crowded places like crossroads and shopping malls

Some international travelers are worried about potential terrorist threats. What they can do to protect themselves and enjoy their trip with peace of mind is:

  • Follow the advice of Egyptian authorities
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments
  • Co-operate fully with the local police and control officers at the airport

Foreigners can refer to their embassy or consulate in Egypt for further information or assistance.

Can You Travel to and from Egypt with Coronavirus?

Although it originated in China in December 2019, the World Health Organization has defined the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. That is because it has spread to several other countries around the world — including Egypt.

Initial measures to contain the disease included enhanced medical screening of all incoming passengers at the points of entry and exit. For example, Egyptian offi

Both incoming passengers and those who return home after a holiday in Egypt may have to go through enhanced medical screening processes at the points of entry and exit. For example, Egyptian officers check the temperature of foreign visitors to identify potential infections.

Those arriving from areas that have been severely impacted by coronavirus or passengers who are suspected of having contracted the virus were be put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

To further curb the spread of COVID-19, all flights have now been suspended and airports closed. This measure came into effect on March 19th and was originally set to end on 31st March, the suspension has since been extended and will remain in place as long as it is considered necessary.

It’s important that travelers check prior to departure with the Egyptian authorities, their home country government, and their tour operator (if applicable) to find out whether travel bans remain in place. In case of cancellation, most airlines are issuing refunds.

The current number of cases of coronavirus in Egypt remains relatively low and it is hoped travel restrictions will be effective in curbing the spread of the illness.

Other COVID-19 preventive measures being taken in Egypt

In addition to suspending flights, the Egyptian government has introduced further temporary restrictions in response to the coronavirus.

  • Nighttime curfew between 7 pm and 6 pm
  • Shops shut from 5 pm and 6 pm, total closure Fridays and Saturdays (except grocery stores, pharmacies, bakeries, and supermarkets)
  • Public transportation suspended during hours of curfew
  • Schools and universities suspended
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars all closed except for home deliveries

These steps are in line with those being taken across the world in an attempt to control the current coronavirus pandemic.

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