"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.
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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
- Do I have to tip in Egypt and how much?
- What currency should I take to Egypt?
- What should I wear in Egypt?
- What to do if I catch Egyptian Tummy Bug?
Come to Egypt and have a wonderful time! - Mara.