Travel Advice – Egypt – Sharm el Sheikh
DATE : 9th November 2015.
It’s important to consider the risks when booking a holiday. At Holidays.BlackFriday we want to keep people up to date with the latest Deals, but in this case, we felt that it was important to link to the UK Government’s official website for travel advice to Egypt.
For the latest information on the situation, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt
Some flights from Sharm Airport have resumed as of 6th November, but many people are still waiting for a return flight.
There is a high threat from terrorism.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq
- the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh (as shown on the map)
The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include the tourist areas along the Nile river (eg Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) or the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
On 31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai. Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation in line with international regulations.
There is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device. As a precautionary measure, we are now advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh.
Flights from Sharm el Sheikh to the UK resumed on 6 November 2015. British nationals affected by this should contact their tour operators or carriers on their travel plans. The additional security measures include permitting passengers to carry hand baggage only and transporting hold luggage separately. We are working with the airlines to ensure there are suitable arrangements in place to reunite passengers with their belongings as soon as possible.
We are not raising the threat level in the resort. The above advice applies only to air travel to and from Sharm el Sheikh.