Travellers heading to Egypt told 'what's acceptable in tourist areas may not be in others'

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Holidaymakers heading to Egypt have been told what's acceptable in tourist areas, might not be acceptable in other areas across the country.

Written on the Foreign Office website under their 'safety and security' section, they caution that there are laws and cultural differences to be aware of. For example, Egypt is predominantly an Islamic country. Because of this, it's illegal to encourage someone to try and convert to the Christian faith.

The Foreign Office adds that whilst you need to respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times, you also want to make sure that your actions do not cause offence, especially during Ramadan or when you visit religious areas.

They warn: "Dress modestly, especially in rural areas, mosques and souqs (markets). Public displays of affection are frowned on. What may be acceptable in the tourist resort areas may not be in other areas."

As well as warning people about their behavior, the Foreign Office has said that there are "areas where FCDO advises against travel".

Crucially for those planning to board a plane, this means your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel against FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advice. They stress: "Consular support is also severely limited where FCDO advises against travel."

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Areas where FCDO advises against travel

Egypt-Libya border

FCDO advises against all travel to within 20km of the Egypt-Libya border, except for the town of El Salloum (where we advise against all but essential travel).

North Sinai

FCDO advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai.

Northern part of South Sinai

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the northern part of the Governorate of South Sinai, beyond the St Catherine-Nuweibaa road, except for the coastal areas along the west and east of the peninsula.

The eastern part of Ismailiyah Governorate

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Ismailiyah Governorate east of the Suez Canal.

Western Desert

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, except for:

  • Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings

  • the Governorate of Faiyum

  • the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh

  • the Marsa Matruh-Siwa Road

  • the oasis town of Siwa

  • the Giza Governorate north-east of the Bahariya Oasis

  • the road between Giza and Farafra (but we advise against all but essential travel on the road between Bahariya and Siwa)

  • Bahariya Oasis, Farafra, the White Desert and Black Desert

Hala’ib Triangle and Bir Tawil Trapezoid

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Hala’ib Triangle and the Bir Tawil Trapezoid.

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