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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Large parts of the country should still be avoided, it warns, including the Governorates of Cairo (including Greater Cairo and the Giza Pyramids), Bani Suef, Minya, Asyut and Sohag.
The advisory continues to advise against travel to the Sinai peninsula, excluding the Red Sea resorts, “due to the significant increase in criminal activity and recent terrorist attacks on police and security forces.
“Our travel advice for Egypt has now changed in line with the reduction in the level of violence,” said the Foreign Office, in a statement. “We continue to urge British Nationals already in Egypt to follow the instructions of the local authorities and obey curfews where they are in place. There remains a high threat from terrorism throughout Egypt. This has not changed.”
The advisory was first issued in July, following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. The move forced dozens of travel firms, who will typically follow the Foreign Office’s recommendations, to put package trips on hold. Many will now be able to resume their tours. Independent travellers have had the option to continue travelling to the region, but will have faced issues obtaining adequate insurance.
Speaking at the annual World Travel Market convention in London this week, Omayma El Husseini from the Egyptian State Tourist Office said she was hopeful the Foreign Office’s advice would be lifted in full. In cert shirt while
Her feelings were echoed by Hisham Zaazou, the Egyptian tourism minister. “More than 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan,” he said on Wednesday. “As soon as the Foreign Office revises its travel advice for the UK, we will work tirelessly with our valued media, travel agent and tour operator partners to communicate that the whole of Egypt is open.