American crossing into Egypt from Israel
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 1:26 PM Last Post By: dreamsignals86
Sep 17, 2012 11:08 PM
Am I getting nervous for no reason? I usually don't worry when I travel about these sorts of things, but the intensity of violence and protests around the world over such a stupid film that should just be ignored has got me thinking. I'd love any advice/suggestions from people on the ground (Americans especially appreciated).
Sep 17, 2012 11:47 PM
1"Am I getting nervous for no reason?"
Yes you are.
Unless you plan on stepping into Egypt with a T-shirt reading "I produced the 'Innocence of Muslims" film", you will be perfectly fine.
Just avoid the protests if you see some.
Just a tip: last week he US embassy in Tel Aviv called on American nationals to cancel all non-essential travels to Jerusalem, deeming it unsafe for US citizens. Did you feel unsafe while in Israel? I bet you did not. Well Egypt it's the same.
Sep 18, 2012 12:31 AM
Sep 18, 2012 12:40 AM
3^^ I'm not in Israel yet.
I'm also not very worried about Cairo because at that point I can blend in. I'm more concerned about crossing through Sinai from Israel on my way to Cairo.
2: If you get an Israeli stamp in your passport, the bulk of Arabic countries won't let you in. You can ask them not to stamp your passport at Israeli immigration. Regardless, Egypt will still let you in.
Sep 18, 2012 3:18 AM
Sep 19, 2012 12:04 AM
5Traveling on land through Sinai is not a good idea for the time being , particularly North Sinai and that has nothing to do with the anti American protests . It is a national security matter after the terrorist attack on the Egyptian army there last month where many Egyptian soliders were killed. It is much better If you fly direct to Cairo whether you fly from Jordan or Israel you will be OK either way.
Sep 19, 2012 1:04 AM
6Kalimera is a troll.
There's no problem travelling through South Israel and Sinai as long as you stick to the main road, as you probably intend to do to reach Cairo.
It's probably not a good idea to travel on small roads in South Israel and Sinai these days though, due to smuggler activity on both sides of the border.
Sep 19, 2012 3:02 AM
Sep 19, 2012 4:22 AM
8There've been several terrorist attacks or attempts in South Israel since one year. Terrorist groups smuggle themselves through the border and then move along small roads. Tourists were killed last year. It's better to stick to the main road, which is secured by the Israeli army. Sme on the Egyptian side, where the main road is secured by the Egyptian army.
Sep 19, 2012 5:04 AM
Sep 19, 2012 8:18 AM
Sep 19, 2012 1:13 PM
Sep 19, 2012 9:28 PM
12We are here NOT to accuse or insult anyone. We are here to tell facts (to the best of our knowledge) and share experiences (of our's and friends) that may help fellow travellers to decide what they want. And I intend to continue doing just that, regardless....
For Sinai attacks, you can google it. Just type " Attacks on Sinai" you will get a list of the most recent ones.
As for the one I mentioned above, it was by far the biggest and the deadliest . It did occur on August 4 at 7pm when a group of terrorists attacked an Egyptian army unit on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza where 16 Egyptian soliders were killed. The terrosits just over run the post , killed 16 soliders and stole a military tank. The nature of such attack simply tells how strong and effecient the Jihadists are becoming in that area.
Worth to mention, on the same day, Egyptian president Mr/ Mursi closed the border with Gaza, a Hamas controlled enclave,. The border with Gaza may be reopenned after that, I do not know, .
Sep 20, 2012 12:21 AM
13Mbgg, your paranoiad, delirious post has been reported to the moderator.
This is a travel forum, not a political platform. There are many other websites where you can discuss politics, but Thorn Tree is not the place for it.
Tourists were killed during terrorist attacks in Southern Israel last year :
Sep 20, 2012 12:25 AM
14Dreamsignals: as long as you take a bus you should be fine, they will stick to the main roads in both South Israel and Sinai.
The problem is more for people who plan hiking the trails in south Israel / Sinai.
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