Egypt: is it safe to go on holiday?

An Egyptian diver participates in an underwater protest off Sharm el-Sheikh

An Egyptian diver participates in an underwater protest off Sharm el-Sheikh against Mohamed Mursi Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

As Egypt braces itself for more possible clashes in the wake of this week’s military coup, it’s business as usual in the country’s most popular holiday resorts.

While some tour operators have cancelled flights to Luxor and Cairo and rerouted cruises following Foreign Office (FCO) advice against all but essential travel to most of the country, travel to resorts on the Red Sea, including Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba, Dahab and Marsa Alam remains unaffected.

Approximately 20,000 British holidaymakers are currently in the country, around 90% of whom will be staying in Red Sea resorts, according to theAssociation of British Travel Agents (Abta).

Britain’s two biggest tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, currently have 9,000 clients in Egypt, 8,500 of whom are in Sharm el-Sheikh and “continuing to enjoy their holidays as normal”… Read Full Story at Source of the News

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