28 Jan

ABTA statement in response to Egypt protests

As of 28 January at 21.29 hrs, the Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to state: "We advise against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez" and as such all non-essential travel to these areas should be avoided. This does not affect transits through Cairo airport for onward travel to other destinations.

The vast majority of British holidaymakers in Egypt are based in resorts in the Red Sea area (for example Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada). This is a very considerable distance from the affected areas and these resorts remain unaffected. However, a nationwide curfew has been imposed by the Egyptian authorities.

Any tourists based in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor or Suez should liaise with their tour operator or airline regarding their holiday arrangements. They should also follow Foreign Office advice, avoiding political gatherings and demonstrations and respecting any advice or instruction from the local security authorities.

There have been no reports of British nationals being affected by the unrest and foreigners are unlikely to be targeted. However, tourists should continue to follow the advice of their tour operator, local authorities and the Foreign Office.


  1. All but essential travel means that customers of ABTA Members who have booked package holidays to the affected areas of Egypt but have not yet travelled will be entitled to receive suitable alternative arrangements, rebook for a later date or, where these aren’t available, a full refund. These arrangements apply to immediate departures only, and for the period the advice is in force. Customers with future departure dates should discuss arrangements with their tour operators. Customers whose travel arrangements aren't a package holiday should refer to the terms and conditions of the services they have bought to determine what their rights are.
  2. We estimate that approximately one million British holidaymakers visit Egypt each year with the vast majority of these based in resorts in the Red Sea area.