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03 February 2011


With the ongoing situation in Egypt, travel advice is changing daily. The Foreign Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez. This advice does not extend to the holiday resorts in the Red Sea (such as Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada) because they are "a very considerable distance from the affected areas and these resorts remain unaffected".

If you’re booked to go to one of the affected areas, contact your airline or travel agent. Customers of ABTA travel firms who have booked package holidays to the affected areas but have not yet travelled, will be entitled to receive suitable alternative arrangements, rebook for a later date or, where these options aren't available, a full refund.

If you are due to fly to a Red Sea resort, should you still go?

Tour operators act on FCO advice, and since the Red Sea resorts are deemed to be safe destinations, those who are nervous of flying to a Red Sea resort during the unrest and simply don’t want to travel, will not be entitled to refunds unless there is a change in FCO advice. Excursions from these resorts to places such as Luxor and Cairo have been suspended until further notice. However it is important to note that FCO advice may change; as they state on their website ‘the situation across Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly. You should stay in touch with your tour operator.’

This information was correct at the time of going to press, but we recommend you check with the Foreign Office before travelling.

For further details, contact the Foreign Office, www.fco.gov.uk


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