travel alert: avoid non essential travel
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2012 3:03 AM Last Post By: pauloinchicago
Apr 17, 2012 2:29 PM
travel alert: avoid non essential travelHey guys
Im planning trip to egypt, jordan and israel in june.
The australian, new zealand, canada and usa goverments say that is dangerous to go to egypt now, specialy in june because is the presidential elections.
What do yo think??
The people who are travelling now, is safe?
Im travelling alone.
Apr 17, 2012 3:26 PM
Apr 17, 2012 10:19 PM
2Sosolevy is a tour organizer. His post, directly above yours until the mods delete it, is touting his services. Fine and good but take his travel advice with a large grain of salt.
Okay, so you are presumably a woman, planning to travel alone through a country with a culture that is mysoginist in the extreme during a period of ongoing political turmoil. Google 'sexual harrassment in Egypt' and see what comes up.
Three western countries are issuing travel warnings.
You do the math.
Apr 18, 2012 8:44 AM
3My wife and I were just in Luxor and Cairo.
There was no problem in Luxor except when the stations ran out of gas. We ran into three road blocks that the customers set up with their cars so that no traffic could move. One lasted about 20 minutes. There was no violence and nothing directed toward tourists. The touts were also more verbally aggressive as the tourism appears to be down greatly and they're desperate for business.
We ran into no problems in Cairo at all. Tourism there also appears to be greatly reduced. Just to be safe, we stayed away fromTahrir Square at night. There were some demonstrations there at night, but we heard they were peaceful.
I don't see any reason not to go. Prices seem a little better now.
Apr 18, 2012 3:42 PM
Apr 18, 2012 4:04 PM
Apr 18, 2012 6:17 PM
6We have a 1 day layover in Cairo on 6/22 and plan to go to Tahir Square if it's peaceful. Hopefully things will have died down after elections. I wouldn't postpone travel to the country, just stay out of the way of demonstrations and you'll be fine.
Apr 19, 2012 1:10 AM
7Egypt is perfectly safe right now. The Nile Valley and the Read Sea are not a problem. If you don't know Cairo you may want to skip the city during election time (providing the election is not postponed yet again). Honestly, Cairo is perfectly safe but it's best to avoid Tahrir square during mass protests and if you're not familiar with the city it;s easier to skip it.
The only real issue for tourists is that there has been a rise in theft (handbag snatching for instance), so walk around with a backpack and always keep your bag on your knees, like you would do in Europe.
Apr 19, 2012 5:16 AM
8Egypt is so safe and you can do the tour in your own, if you are still worried you can do it with egyptian tour guide who will look after you and show you everything. But in both ways it is really safe. Don't worry. I was there and spent great time.
Apr 22, 2012 5:49 AM
9I just spent two weeks in Egypt with my teenagers. We walked over the Tahrir Square twice, once when Abu Ismail supporters were demonstrating there. We drove by the manifestation near the government buildings when Abu Ismail put in his candidature for presidency at the last minute. We never had any problems. I never walked around at night as we were staying with friends outside Cairo. There is police everywhere. At shopping malls and museums you pass through a scan, some have dogs that check the car for explosives. In Luxor we had no problems neither. Aparty from the usual hassling of tourists trying to sell something. It is true that they are desperate for business. People are very kind and helpful. Just beware when someone says: the museum or restaurant is not open yet or is closed for prayer. Why don't you check out this museum or that shop? They are just trying to get a commission on business.
Enjoy your holiday. Use common sense. Cairo is safer than Brussels these days...
Apr 23, 2012 3:03 AM
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