Safety in Egypt coming from Israel
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 5:46 AM Last Post By: catw
Jan 25, 2013 1:34 AM
Jan 25, 2013 1:43 AM
1You will be fine and you will be able to find some good deals, depending on what you want to do.
But it's not the best time for travelling in the country. It's still not calm and parts of the people still are upset.
This won't affect you practically but the question is, if this could affect emotionally.
The guys actually where at the abyss of a civil war.
If the climate is okay for you right now, go.
It's more likely that a camel at the pyramids will bite you into the lower part of your back that one of the religion guys wants your head.
A few words for greeting, thank you etc. in the language of the guys will give you an advantage.
Jan 25, 2013 5:50 AM
i have a scenario from a time it was advised not to travel here
I know its 2 years on, but i went to egypt in 2011 to photograph the initial uprising and ousting of the president and felt very safe, even in the protests and riots, the egyptians were very keen to keep me from harm and offered every assistance to me. if you are actually israelli then i dont know, relations are not great, but if not, then just follow the usual travel advice, dont go out after the curfew and dont go into large gatherings (even though they were the best bit). its all common sense,
the pyramids were perfectly safe and i was the only person there which was a very unique feeling. The sphinx was a bit busier and i actually got pick pocketed there, but i managed to rob back the pickpockets near pizza hut, so alls well that ends well
over ally really liked cairo and felt that the political situation actually enhanced the trip as there was a 'pull together' spirit from the Egyptians and they were all very happy to have me in their country during this time in their history
now as clockwork says, it has got a bit more complicated in that it isn't us against them anymore, its kind of all against all, which means that different people might not be on the same wavelength. still, this should not really harm you, but you might want to avoid the coptic areas and churches as these can always be targets
Jan 25, 2013 7:08 AM
3Clockworkorange's post is slightly weird, Anyway, there's no problem traveling from the Israeli border to Cairo through Sinai, stick to the main roads and you'll be fine. Bear in mind that you need to get a visa for Egypt in advance, in theory they do not do visas at the border.
Cairo is extremely safe as long as you show good judgement - don't enter Tahrir Square if there's a dense crowd, keep an eye on your belongings (increasing number of cases of bag snatching). There are loads of Western expatriates living in the city.
Jan 25, 2013 11:17 AM
4Hi all, also looking at maybe doing this trip overland vs flying
Does anybody know is this is true (from wikitravel and dated fairly recently)
"The Taba bus station is on the left hand side of the main road about 1 km from the border. Look for the East Delta sign with a big gravel patch in front of it. (There may be buses parked there to make finding it easier.) The buses to Cairo leave at 10:30AM and 4:30PM and it costs 50-70EGP (Sep 2012), depending on the time at which it leaves. WARNING: as of September 2012, foreigners are BANNED from taking the bus from Taba to Cairo (they must make the much longer and more expensive trip to Sharm first, then Cairo, for about 85-105EGP). This bus ride will vary in time depending on how often check points decide to board the bus and inspect everyone's documentation. The trip takes at least 7 hours. Also it likely only stops once for a bathroom break, at a dusty and decrepit roadhouse that belongs in a Mad Max movie. The bus is generally a decent new-ish model, a notch or two below a Greyhound in the states. There is air conditioning but maybe not as much as you'd want. Seating is unassigned. (Avoid sitting near the toilet.)
Jan 29, 2013 5:46 AM
5Bailey, it seems accurate to me. To the best of my knowledge, some foreigners did manage to get on the Taba-Cairo bus even though it's theoretically forbidden. If you go through Sharm, once in Sharm pay a few more EGP and take one of the fastest buses. Another option is to take a taxi from Taba to Cairo, it's can be cheap if you know how to negotiate.
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