Should we go to the Red Sea resorts?

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The decision, this afternoon, by TUI and Thomas Cook to stop sending German holidaymakers to Egypt on holiday seems a little one-sided. If it was unsafe for German holidaymakers to go there doesn’t the same apply to British and Irish holidaymakers?

Both companies acted after the German foreign ministry advised against all travel to Egypt. British holidaymakers have had excursions from the Red Sea resorts to attractions inland cancelled but flights to the area are still scheduled for tomorrow.

This morning on Sky News there were interviews with holidaymakers due to fly there in the next few days saying that they no longer wished to go but had the choice of losing their money or going. So far that I am aware that seven British tour operators have stopped selling holidays to Egypt and Kuoni have offered alternatives to those that want them.

On our Foreign Office website it still doesn’t say that you shouldn’t travel to the Red Sea resorts, (like the Canadian government advice) just that you should stay within hotel grounds as recommended by the local police. The usual blather is there to stay away from demonstrations and large gatherings which is common sense anyway. Their advice hasn’t changed despite a demonstration in Hurghada two days ago. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ advice is “Due to increased civil unrest, Irish citizens are advised not to travel to Egypt at this time.” This has altered over the last few days to reflect the situation. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt as has Russia.

It seems that our Foreign Office is still considering things.

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