Egypt travel advice - FCO advises travellers exercise caution

Added 27/01/2011

The Foreign and Commonwealth office reports that there have been a number of violent demonstrations in Cairo and other locations across Egypt, including Suez, Rahah and the Delta Region.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets yesterday to protest against the rule of Hosni Mubarak, with police responding violently in Cairo and Suez.

UK holiday makers are advised to exercise caution, and stay away from any demonstrations, large gatherings of people, public buildings or other sites which could become the focus of civil demonstrations.

The situation is unpredictable and may change quickly. Brits are advised to monitor the situation carefully and follow any instructions given to them by the local authorities or their tour operators.

The situation in Egypt is thought to have been influenced by the recent uprising in Tunisia, where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is still advising against all but essential travel.

Following advice from the FCO, major tour operators Thomas Cook and Thomson have taken the decision to cancel all departures to Tunisia until 27th February and 16th February respectively and are offering customers alternative travel options.

Passengers scheduled to depart for Egypt are urged to continue their holidays as planned, as the beach resorts remain mainly peaceful, however western operators, including Thomas Cook have cancelled some excursions to historical sites in urban areas.

Civil unrest and demonstrations are spreading across North Africa, with Yemen being the latest country to see people gathering to demand economic reforms and an end to corruption.

For the latest travel advice for Egypt and Tunisia check the FCO website.