FCO relaxes travel advisory for Egypt

FCO relaxes travel advisory for Egypt

Specialist operator Discover Egypt has welcomed a revision of travel advice to Egypt by the Foreign Office.

An update today says the UK government “no longer advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Egypt”.

A spokesman said: “We still advise against all but essential travel to Cairo Governorate and the Governorates of Bani Suef, Minya, Asyut and Sohag, which continue to witness disruption.

“We have also maintained our advice against all travel to North Sinai and advise against all but essential travel to South Sinai (except for the Red Sea resorts and specified exemptions set out in our travel advice).

“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.

“As always, the safety of British nationals is a priority.  We continue to follow developments carefully, and keep our travel advice under continuous review.

“British nationals should continue to monitor FCO travel advice closely for any updates and stay away from any demonstrations or protests.”

“We welcome this news,” said Philip Breckner of Discover Egypt. “Classic Egypt deserves to be back on the tourist map and we now look forward to working with our partners in the UK to rebuild a strong tourist product for Egypt.

“This positive news has been long awaited and will be heartening for all those involved in supporting the tourism sector of Egypt, both here in the UK and in Egypt.

"We wish to thank [Tourism Minister] Minister Zaazou and his department in Egypt and here in the UK for their positive efforts.”

On Wednesday Zaazou told Travel Weekly he was confident that the UK’s travel restrictions would be revised following a meeting with the government during World Travel Market.

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