Travel Advice Summary
All of our holidays to Egypt follow travel advice offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). All of our trips to Egypt run along the Nile Valley stretching from Alexandria in the north to Abu Simbel in the far south, and reach as far east as the Red Sea, specifically the resort of Hurghada. There are no travel restrictions whatsoever against travelling to these locations and the tourist areas along the Nile River, including Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, are deemed safe to visit.
The Egyptian Government is committed to increasing security measures in the key tourist sites with a sizeable budget dedicated solely to this goal. Egypt’s Minister of Tourism considers the security of visitors to Egypt the highest priority and believes that the new measures in place will further add to the security of Egypt’s resorts while not being intrusive.
Should you be requesting tailor-made arrangements, or any holiday with us, we will only ever include arrangements that adhere to good advice offered by the FCO.
Should you wish to read more travel advice offered by the FCO for Egypt including advice on health, money, Safety and Security and entry requirements.
Travelling to Cairo
All of our group tours start in Cairo and end in Cairo, with the exception of our Egyptian Explorer family holiday, which ends in Luxor. Currently there are no travel restrictions in place for Cairo and our tours have been running as scheduled for months now, visiting the Egyptian Museum and its many treasures which is located close to Tahir Square. Although Tahir Square has been the scene of a number of demonstrations and protests over the past few years, Cairo has recently been peaceful with no reason to avoid the city.
Travelling to Luxor and Aswan
The popular tourist spots of Luxor and Aswan, which feature in the vast majority of our group tours, are located along the Nile River in a region that is deemed safe to visit by the FCO. For this reason our tours have been running as planned with passengers visiting the not-to-be-missed Valley of the Kings, the temples of Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel.
When travelling between Cairo and Luxor/Aswan we use the comfortable overnight sleeper train. The particular train we use is escorted by Tourism Police and considered a perfectly safe means of transport in Egypt.
Travelling to Hurghada
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada has remained a safe and welcoming place throughout the recent troubles in Egypt. As it is one of the safest spots at the Red Sea in Egypt we have been using Hurghada for the beach stay portion of our group tours for the last few years without any issues. To reach Hurghada on our tours we travel overland from Luxor and then onwards to Cairo overland also, by private modern vehicles. There are no travel restrictions in place in Hurghada or the areas that our overland journeys to and from Hurghada cover.
Travelling to Sharm el Sheikh
On the 31st October 2015 a Russian plane departing from Sharm el Sheikh crashed shortly after take off and the investigation into what exactly caused the crash is still ongoing. As a precaution the FCO now advises against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh airport. None of our group tours include Sharm el Sheikh and so our group tours remain unaffected by this latest travel alert. For the time being we will no longer be offering tailor-made touring arrangements to Sharm el Sheikh as it’s not possible to fly there. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will reassess tailor-made arrangements to Sharm el Sheikh once flights resume.
Travelling to the Western Desert
At present we do not offer trips that include travel to the Western Desert including Siwa oasis as there are travel restrictions placed upon these areas. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the remote desert region in Egypt due to the threat of kidnapping.
Devaluation of the Egyptian Pound
Egypt’s central bank has recently in November 2016, devalued its currency, the Egyptian pound, which now freely floats against the US dollar. The weaker Egyptian Pound should help boost the Egyptian economy with cheaper exports. And with one of Egypt’s main exports being tourism, holidays to Egypt should become even cheaper and your dollars, euros and sterling will fetch far more locally in Egypt than it used to. While travellers are beginning to return to Egypt, visitor numbers are still considerably below their previous highs. So, with far less crowds at the main sites and a cheaper currency, now really is a great time to travel to Egypt.