Would November be a good time to be visiting Egypt or, given current events, should I not travel there for the time being?
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It’s always best to get information on the current situation for tourists from the FCO:
Their advice is sometimes a little too cautious, but it’s always best to get the facts from there and then make an educated decision from that I find! Enjoy your trip, safe travels!
I wouldn’t say it’s always too cautious – their travel advice for areas in Afghanistan is pretty accurate!
Also Sonja – BBC news often do interviews with western tourists/expats in destinations that are coming under a lot of media attention. It’s worth checking on their website or watching the news.
It’s ALWAYS way too cautious Lottie. They instantly slap do not travel bans on entire countries and regions when it may only be a very small part that may be experiencing trouble. Unfortunately the travel and insurance industries treat this advice as gospel.
I agree it is always best to make an educated decision based on the FCO advice, but I would add only after doing your own local research on the reality of the situation too.
Haha, fair enough Afghanistan is hardly the place for a little cultural immersion right now, but I cite as examples of heavy handed overreaction by the FCO the entire Egyptian unrest situation and the acts/threats of piracy in Semporna (a very small part of Sabah) that caused the ENTIRE countries of pen. Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo to be declared unsafe for travel and a lot of travel boards to be filled with questions such as ‘is it safe to go to Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia for a fair amount of time. I can give dozens more examples.
It is good to keep an eye on gov.warnings (if only to check your insurance is still valid), but I wouldn’t let it stop me going somewhere on the basis of that alone.
True. But more common sense and less mass hysteria is needed. Even Branson is criticising FCO advice! http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/?articleID=2000094524&story_title=Kenya-sir-richard-branson-slams-travel-advisories-to-kenya