FCO Travel Advice Middle East and North Africa

In light of the ongoing demonstrations, we continue to advise against all but essential travel to Cairo (all four governorates of Cairo, Giza, Helwan and 6 October), Alexandria, Luxor and Suez. We recommend that British nationals without a pressing need to be in Cairo, Alexandria or Suez leave by commercial means, where it is safe to do so. We advise against non-essential travel to Luxor. Essential transit by road between the port and airport in Luxor can take place during daylight hours. British nationals should observe instructions and advice by local security authorities and avoid public gatherings and disturbances.

If you are in other areas of Egypt where there have been disturbances, we recommend you follow the advice below and stay indoors wherever possible. The situation in Sharm el Sheikh is currently being reported as calm. However, the situation across Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly. This does not affect transits through Cairo airport for onward travel to other destinations, although there is some disruption to flight schedules.

The nationwide curfew in place has been extended from 1500 to 0800 local time. You must respect the curfew and listen for announcements about any changes to the curfew requirements. The internet is currently not working and mobile phone coverage is intermittent.

If you are travelling to, through or from Egypt, you are advised to check with your airline or tour operator to confirm your travel plans. You should not travel to the airport without having a confirmed flight. British nationals in Egypt requiring assistance or advice can call 020 7008 0000 from the UK or (02) 2791 6000 in Egypt. Airline and airport contact information is also available on the FCO website.

Over the past week there have been violent demonstrations in Cairo and other locations across Egypt and particularly in central Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez. The police have been using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators. There have been a number of deaths. There are also reports of gangs, sometimes violent, looting properties and shops in Cairo and Alexandria. You should avoid these areas.
The situation is unpredictable and may change quickly.

You should also avoid any political gatherings, demonstrations or large crowds and respect any advice or instruction from the local security authorities. We advise people in Cairo or other large cities to follow the news on TV and radio and not to go out in central Cairo or other areas where demonstrations are taking place. See Safety and Security – Political Situation.

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