Sunday, 7 July 2013

Travel Warning: Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Is it safe to head out to Egypt for a holiday? The answer to this question is a big NO. So, if you have made a plan or thinking of booking a trip to this country, you better think again.


  
Egypt's ongoing political protests and social unrest is all over the place and is likely to worsen due to the intervention of the Egyptian military to put an interim, technocratic administration to run the country temporarily.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises that due to unpredictable security situation and continued demonstrations, Canadians should avoid a trip to Egypt especially to the Sinai Peninsula, Port Said, Suez, Ismailia, Mahalla and Cairo which is the centre of anti-government protests.

For the benefit of those who are already in Egypt, Canadians are advised to be extremely vigilant, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, stay clear of military offices and facilities, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Better still, keep watch of the latest travel advisory.

Registration of Canadians Abroad, a free service offered by the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is open to all Canadian citizens abroad to protect and assist in case of an emergency.  You may read the Terms and Conditions before filling out an online Registration Form.  

Also, be informed that for security reasons, the Embassy of Canada in Cairo is temporarily closed until further notice.