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Latest travel advice due to issues with Egypt protests

The issues in Egypt are obviously at a stage where the Foreign, Commonwealth Office are advising against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez. They also advise that if you are travelling to or through Egypt, to check with your airline to confirm your flight.


Latest travel advice due to issues with Egypt protests

Thomas Cook cancelled excursions

Travel Weekly is reporting that Thomas Cook have cancelled all excursions to Cairo from Red Sea resorts up to and including Wednesday, February 2. Other tour operators and travel agencies should be in touch with you should the situation change.

Make sure you are financially protected

If your holiday is cancelled, and you have booked through an ATOL bonded tour operator then you will be financially protected. For more information on protecting your holiday please read our guide which provides useful advice and tips.

Searching around the media and ABTA, ATOL and AITO websites there’s not a great deal of advice but I suspect tour operators and travel agencies will be waiting to see what happens over the next 48 hours.

Locals should be free to protest

Matthew Teller a Freelance journalist specialising in the Middle East said

Tourists in Egypt should leave if possible: your waiters, cleaners & hotel staff should be free to protest or be with their families, not serving holidaymakers. If you must stay, remain inside your hotel and respect all curfews.

Keep in touch British Embassy and Tour operator

While I understand people should be allowed to protest, if you are in Egypt then speak with your tour representative, and if you are travelling independently, then it might be advisable to contact the British Embassy in Cairo to register your name, details and location.

Martin Rothwell of World First offers this advice.

At the moment we are following the the FCO’s lead. Travel insurance policies generally don’t cover you if you are travelling against the advice of the foreign and commonwealth office, so at the moment unless your travel to the affected areas is essential there would be no cover. The regular resorts of the Red Sea have not yet been caught up in the troubles. We recommend consumers keep in touch with their tour operators and the FCO.

Further updates as they happen

As I am typing this post I’ve been informed that a BMI flight en-route to Cairo from London Heathrow was turned back today mid-flight. So, I am hoping to hear some updates from airlines and tour operators over the weekend, we’ll see.

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