Egypt has a long history of tourism, and much of the population welcomes visitors with open arms. However, when planning any trip, it is essential to check the latest foreign travel advice to make sure you'll enjoy your holiday in safety.
In general, crime rates in Egypt are low. As with anywhere you go, ensure you keep money, passport and valuables safe and hidden away. Be aware of pickpockets and bag snatchers, and take extra care if and when travelling alone, particularly by taxi or bus. There is a dedicated tourist police service (# 126), and if you are the victim of any crime you should report it to them as soon as possible.
At popular tourist spots, large numbers of guides and tour operates offering their services can seem overwhelming and at times aggressive. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, booking your tours in advance and having a dedicated English-speaking driver and guide is a good idea.
Areas to avoid
Since the 2011 Revolution, Egypt has been in a state of political turmoil, and alongside growing religious extremism in that area of the world, the country has experienced violent protests, demonstrations and terrorist attacks.
While the main tourist attraction areas are usually relatively safe, and the majority of trips to Egypt pass without incident, there are areas that it is advised to avoid. We strongly recommend checking the latest foreign travel advice from your government before booking and travelling to Egypt.
As of February 2019, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to:
- the North Sinai Governate
and advises against all but essential travel to:
- the South Sinai Governate (with the exception of the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada).
- the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions (excluding tourist areas along the Nile river - Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings).