- On October 25, 2018
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Is Egypt a Safe or Dangerous Country?
Is Egypt a Safe or Dangerous Country
As most countries, there are areas that are recommended to avoid. Egypt can be safe as long as you use common sense and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to certain regions shown on the map below. Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile river, and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are considered safe according to the FCO.
Egypt is an Islamic country, so, as you would in any other country, it is important to respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to avoid offending other cultures or religious beliefs. Dress modestly; women should cover their legs and upper arms, and men should cover their chests. Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Make sure you always have an ID on you, a photocopy of your passport and any other identification in case of loss or seizure.
Crime and Scams
Most of the crimes and scams against foreigners are crimes of opportunity. These semi-professional thieves target unaware travelers in tourist areas and restaurants. There are not many reports of violence, but this does not mean that they do not happen, so be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Accidental spills are also a popular method used to distract the victims. If anyone spills something on you, step away and be alert.
There are reports of assaults in taxis and on microbuses, so take extra care when traveling alone. If you decide to take a microbus, avoid being the last passenger left on the bus. Accidents are common due to the poor road conditions and the non-enforcement of traffic laws.
Between March and May, sand and dust storms are common. If a natural disaster occurs, make sure you follow the advice of local authorties. You can find more information on natural disasters on the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
Terrorist attacks are likely in Egypt. The main threat comes from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai. Egyptian authorities have increased security presence throughout the country. There are extra measures in place at popular tourist areas and worship places. However, remain alert at all times, especially at crowded places, tourist sites, religious locations, and around government buildings and security checkpoints.
Important New Laws
Drones are strictly prohibited in Egypt, including small civilian drones for personal or touristic purposes. As of March 2017, UK and US governments put in place new restrictions on carrying electronic devices for passengers travelling from or through Egypt to the UK and US. For more information, please visit the Hand luggage restrictions at UK airports and/or the US Department of Homeland Security website.