Is it safe to go to Egypt 2022?

17 happy people waving and smiling

"Egypt is as safe as any country in the world and safer than most - and it has always been so for tourists" 

I don't ask you to take my word for it that Egypt is as safe as anywhere else.  But I do ask you to do some research into the recent history of Egypt.  Find out how many tourists have been killed or injured.  You will discover that fewer foreigners or Egyptians have met with harm from terror attacks in Egypt than in any other countries of the Western World.  To put it in perspective... there were 47,000 gun shootings in the USA in 2017!

Internationally designated safe areas

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, cruising and driving between Luxor and Aswan is deemed safe by all countries (as far as I am aware).  As is driving between Luxor and Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea, and the road between Aswan and Abu Simbel, as well as Lake Nasser and the villages south of Aswan

Areas to which travel is not advised

However, I would not travel in the Sinai or the Western Desert personally, nor overland to Israel.  I believe most international travel warnings advise the same, as does the Egyptian Government.

Travel Agents who advise you against travel to Egypt

Dig a little deeper when you get this advice.  I am guessing that those travel agents have no contracts in place with hotels, transport companies or travel agents inside Egypt.  Hence they actually don't have anything in Egypt to sell you.  BUT, they do have contracts with lots of other places so, of course, that is what they want to sell you.  Please remember everyone in business has their own products and their own agendas - and your agenda may not coincide with their priority.

***********

Do check out the following

************

Get the right perspective on safety

In comparison to the risk of street muggings or violence in Chicago, to the risk of the continuous earthquakes in China, or even the risk of the common floods in Gt. Britain, the risk in Egypt is minimal. You are more likely to be run over crossing the street at home than you are to be involved in anything life-threatening in Egypt - as long as you follow good advice 🙂

Group Travel is a good option - if you are nervous about Egypt

Traveling with a group can feel comforting both for the traveler and their families back home.  You will find our group info and dates for 2020 here if you are looking for a nice group to go with.

Most Common Questions Asked About Egypt

Come to Egypt and have a wonderful time! - Mara.

Community Life Winding Down in Egypt

There seems to be a statement from the Egyptian Cabinet almost every hour on something or other.  Definitely doing their best to keep on top of the situation, keep people informed without causing total panic.  Seems to be working.  If I learned anything from 2011 – 2018 here in Egypt it’s that if you have patience, faith and keep your head – every crisis comes to an end.  Fear and panic are our worst enemy.  Yes, make all preparations to have food in the house etc – but don’t go overboard.   Following are some of the statements released today.

As of today all mosques and churches are officially closed.  The muslim call to prayer is reminding people simply to pray in their homes.

Workers in the tourism industry coming home from Hurghada are to be quarantined – not sure exactly what the details on that are, I had a link to the statement but can’t find it now.

Workers are deployed to sanitize the metro stations in Cairo round the clock

All Museums & Archeological Sites closed

Statement:  “In continuing the application of preventive and preventive measures to combat the new virus, Dr. Mostafa Minister of the high council of Antiquities announces the closure of all museums and archaeological sites in the Arab Republic of Egypt on Monday, 23 March and Until 31 March 2020 * for sterilization, cleansing and implementation of safety and prevention procedures in cooperation with the ministry of health and population and in accordance with global standards.
During this period, awareness sessions will also be held for museum and district workers on ways to prevent and protect against the virus.”

Council of ministers: donation to face the new corona virus at the expense of viva Egypt 037037-facing disasters and crises

In the past few days, Chancellor Nader Saad said that during the past few days several queries have been received from businessmen, civil society organizations, and citizens about ways and mechanisms of donation to tackle the new corona virus, so we would like to report that There is a special account to face disasters and crises, follow the “Viva Egypt” Fund. Receives all contributions and donations, and those who wish to donate to the disaster account in the Egyptian Pound, in all Egyptian Banks,

Swift code:

Cbegegcxxxx

Account Name:

Long live Egypt 037037-facing disasters and crises

The Council of ministers paid tribute to these national initiatives from a number of entrepreneurs and civil society organizations to bring together government institutions in the face of this global crisis.

Gvt. Statement on Building Sanitization

Under the guidance of the minister of commerce and industry

Completion of cleaning and sterilization of trade and industry headquarters as a necessary measure to counter the new corona virus

The Ministry of commerce and industry has completed the cleansing and sterilization of the ministry’s headquarters in Jordan City, nasr city and shobra, as part of the measures taken by the Egyptian government to address the consequences of the new corona virus.

This procedure came under the guidance of Mrs. Nevin Collector, minister of trade and industry, who established a crisis management committee in the ministry that will follow up on a daily basis with a view to maintaining health and safety. Employees at the ministry and affiliate, where employees at headquarters have been required to wear face clamp and gloves, with clean teams to perform regular hygiene and to use the necessary cleansers for cleansing.

In this context, the ministry has implemented the decision of the prime minister to reduce the number of workers at the workplace, ensuring that there are no large groups of workers in the offices, and the presence of employees is limited to a few numbers to ensure regular work and no stop Service provided to the business community.”

The Higher Council of universities met on 21-3-2020,

The council reviewed future plans for study at universities in the framework of the evolution of the global situation of the new vero will and the need to take the necessary measures to prevent The spread of the disease and in the light of the decision of the president of the republic to disable the study for two weeks At the beginning of the meeting, the council price the decisions of the Egyptian State to maintain the health of Egyptians and all the efforts of different ministries and sectors of the state to achieve this.
The Council also called on citizens to commit themselves to the resolutions of the state to reduce the spread of infection, and thanks to all faculty, aid staff and all university staff for their quick and outstanding support to the system. Distance Education and appreciation and appreciation to all health service providers from doctors, nursing, technicians and administrative staff for the heroic role they play during this delicate period of the nation’s life.
The Council stressed that attention to the health of students, faculty and all staff at universities and university hospitals is its first priority and that all necessary measures are taken to preserve them.
The Council therefore decided that:
To stress the completion of the declared emergency plan to address the new corona virus within university facilities and facilities, including attention to sterilization and ongoing cleansing.
Confirmation of the decisions of the Supreme Council of hospitals held at its emergency meeting on 19/3/2020.
Continue to activate the remote education system throughout the period of the suspension of the study according to procedures to ensure that the second semester education process continues with the most effective and quality of the theoretical content of all colleges, and the practical application of the practical colleges will leave after este School or summer vacation as decided by each university.
Continuing coordination with the ministry of communications and information technology to provide free access and use of e-learning platforms.
If the study continues to be disrupted after the previously announced dates, the mid-term exams will be cancelled and their grades are included on the end of the second semester exams.
The end of the second semester exams shall be postponed but not to be held before Saturday 30/5/2020 according to the schedules to be announced from each university or on a date to be announced later according to the updates.
For Postgraduate Students, each university is left to schedule its exams according to the view that the duration of the study should not be counted within the duration of the study required to obtain the degree.
The Council decided that in a permanent session to follow up on all developments and to take the necessary action in a timely manner, in compliance with the state plan to preserve the health of Egyptians and prevent the spread of the virus

No local news other than I overslept this morning and lost my window of opportunity for my cycle.  Still the streets are so quiet outside I might venture out for half an hour later – ONLY if the streets are empty, I am still being responsible 🙂

NOTE I have found in the past that simply putting a link to a newspaper or article online can result in a broken link when the article etc is archived by the owner site – that is why I also copy and paste the full article sometimes.  I have spent hours in the past having to go back and delete some posts as well are edit them because of broken links and deleted articles I had linked to.

“It’s Like Riding a Bicycle” – Not!

Amr brought my new bike home last night – all bright and shiny. I had set my alarm for 5am, then breakfast of porridge and fruit because I’ve been told it’s good for cholesterol (and mine is way too high).

Whoever coined the phrase “it’s like riding a bicycle” was obviously much younger than me!

We cycled the back roads towards the other side of town and, surprisingly, it wasn’t my legs that bothered me at all – it was fear! My hand/eye co-ordination caused me quite a bit of concern, plus my stopping ability. To anyone cycling a bike this might all seem ridiculous but I am serious. If I was driving a car I would have described it as “too much play in the steering wheel”.

On the bike, it seemed like my spacial awareness as to how to keep the bike from hitting the nearest kerb or veering onto the road was downright dangerous. Plus I had no awareness of traffic (not that there was much at that time of the morning anyway) but one minibus did pass me out and it was too close for comfort – my psychological comfort! I asked Amr to get me a mirror and he laughed – saying that was only for children… hmmm.

My other problem was pulling the brake – again it sounds stupid but I was fearful of stopping too suddenly and falling off.

What it really amounts to is that I am afraid of falling and hurting myself. I do recognise my nervousness about that is OTT and due to social conditioning I have taken in about the dangers of older people falling. I am regularly surprised at the amount of unconscious programming I have accepted that rules my life.

Apart from all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the wind in my face, the freedom and being in the streets without people constantly calling out to me. Tomorrow morning I am aiming to leave around 5am, just that little bit earlier. I need to build up my confidence more. I will probably annoy Amr because I need to practice with the brakes lol!

Now I am really looking forward to some morning when we can go towards the airport as the flowers along the road are beautiful and also cycling through town (early morning only!!). To be honest I don’t ever see myself going through town in high traffic!

EGYPT

Not much to report.  A bit of trouble in Cairo last night when police were telling restaurant and coffee shops they needed to be closing at 7pm.  Police were trying to explain to people the need to protect themselves and keep their families safe but a few customers were rebelling against it. All have been asked to close between 7pm and 6am.  As far as I know everyone in Luxor is complying

My own street here has been very quiet today – most people indoors and even the children were not playing tog as much as usual.  As I was sitting on my doorstep earlier, a neigbour came to welcome me back but stayed well over a meter away, smiling the welcome while waving a hand and saying “coronavirus” as apology for omitting the customary handshake.

Egypt’s Al-Azhar permits suspension of Friday prayers over coronavirus concerns  but I hear not all mosques adhered to this.  Amr told me the mosque near me were spraying the carpets and everthing inside it yesterday – I assume they are going to continue and it’s not just a once-off.  While a few still went to there for the Friday prayer, it was nowhere near the usual number that would pass my door on the way there.  In fact I actually forgot it was Friday because there were so few passing to remind me of it.

So far I have not heard of any new cases of COV-ID19 in Luxor and I haven’t heard of anyone falling ill.  Prayers it stays that way.

Some exams have been cancelled and alternative procedures put in place for students

Usually when I am in Egypt I have so much to do I don’t notice the absence of contact with friends, feel lonely or be at a loss for something to do.  While we don’t have any guests and won’t for the foreseeable future that still holds true for me.  My family were in always in the habit of sending me little videos of my grand-children and phoning me on a regular basis.  So, I guess I am lucky in that much which will be new to others who are self-isolating, staying at home etc, will not be new to me.

Stay well, everyone.