Safety Information for Egyptian Tourists

Interiors of Abydos temple, ©Argenberg/Flickr

Interiors of Abydos temple, ©Argenberg/Flickr

Most of the tourists who are planning to visit Egypt are hesitating a lot whether make it or not. It is true that it’s good to choose your destination bravely but if you know some safety information you won’t have any problems and you can enjoy a perfect holiday. Egypt is considered a relatively safe destination, although there is a history of terrorist attacks against foreigners. Because of this you cannot hire a car and drive yourself around the country at will. Trucks, tour buses and cars drive in convoys from Cairo to Luxor. But the train system is fine to use, and independent travelers have no problem getting around either by bus or train throughout the country.

Front-page news!

In Egypt if anything happens it becomes front-page news so every tourist has the chance to know all the information about any incident. In the mid ’90s, a widespread, and harsh, government crackdown campaign was implemented to try to stop any threats to tourism and visitors. This can also be witnessed by the events of late January/early February 2011. On 25 January 2011, widespread protests began against Mubarak’s government.

Army Truck beside Tahrir Square, ©RamyRaoof/Flickr

Army Truck beside Tahrir Square, ©RamyRaoof/Flickr

On 11 February 2011, Mubarak resigned and fled Cairo. Jubilant celebrations broke out in Tahrir Square at the news. Obviously this had a bad affect on Egypt’s tourism as potential visitors were scared away all the time, when in reality Egypt was safe to visit.

Safe places for tourists

A trip to Egypt still entails far less danger than a trip to anywhere else in the world. During the realm of the violence in the mid ’90s, there were certain areas appointed as not good for tourists. These areas are located in the centre of the Nile Valley, particularly Minya, Asyut and Sohag. Unfortunately these places happen to have some of the most beautiful monuments in Egypt, like the beautiful tombs at Beni Hassan in Minya, the marvellous monasteries of Asyut and the Temple of Abydos in Sohag, not to forget Akhenaten’s ancient city of Akhetaten at El- Amarna, near Minya. In time, all of these sites will be fully re-opened for tourists.

Interiors of Abydos temple, ©Argenberg/Flickr

Interiors of Abydos temple, ©Argenberg/Flickr

If you still think that you would like to visit these places as an individual traveller, you can! However, be prepared for a police escort with you, as the local police will not let you travel alone in these areas! We suggest that the safest, cheapest and most informative way to visit these sites is through a reputable travel agent.

The police at Pyramids, ©tamburix/Flickr

The police at Pyramids, ©tamburix/Flickr

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