Latest tourist advice for Egypt

The Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to most of Egypt, in particular the North Sinai area. But Egypt's ambassador to the UK insisted his country is safe for tourists, but he warned against staying away from protests.

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British holiday-makers still travelling to Egypt

British holidaymakers continue travelling to enjoy sunshine breaks in Egypt as the country experienced another day of bloodshed.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning against all travel to the north-eastern corner of the country but says the Red Sea resorts remain safe.

Some holidaymakers during the last few days have been told to stay within the grounds of their hotels.

Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice are flying thousands of passengers to their Red Sea destinations.

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The view from a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egypt.
The view from a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egypt. Credit: Rowan Miles/EMPICS Entertainment

The companies said today they have cancelled excursions to Cairo, Luxor, Moses Mountain and St Catherine's Monastery.

British Airways is still flying to Cairo but has said that it is offering passengers the chance to change dates or destinations.

UK travel organisation Abta estimates that around 40,000 Britons are currently in Egypt.

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Egyptians protest in Birmingham city centre

Birmingham Egyptians raise awareness Credit: ITV News Central

On the day that members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed President Morsi have gathered inside a mosque in central Cairo, Egyptians in Birmingham have gathered in support of their family and friends in the country.

They are raising awareness of the crisis by handing out roses to passers by.

Many of them knew people killed in the violence.

Read live updates on the situation in Egypt here.

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Foreign Office reissues travel advice for Egypt

The Foreign Office has tonight reissued advice to British citizens travelling to Egypt. In a statement, a spokesperson said:

The overall level of our travel advice remains unchanged. We continue to advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai, and against all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt, with the exception of the Red Sea resorts.

We advise all British Nationals who are in Egypt or who are planning to travel to Egypt to regularly check our travel advice.

Cairo unrest damaging Egypt's vital tourism sector

The Foreign Office and Egypt's Tourist Office is at pains to stress that the majority of British tourists travelling to Egypt will not be affected by the deadly violence in the capital, but some holidaymakers have had to endure curfews and restrictions.

Most British tourists in Egypt go to the Red Sea resorts, which have not been afflicted by the events in Cairo, but the violence is having a devastating impact on the country's public image, as Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports.

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Egypt violence 'not affecting Red Sea resorts'

The majority of British tourists should not be affected by the violence in Egypt, the tourist board told ITV News. Though curfews have been imposed on several of the Red Sea resorts, the tourist city of Sharm El Sheik has not been included.

83% of British tourists who travel to Egypt travel to the Red Sea resorts, Omayma El Husseini from Egypt's Tourist Office, said.

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ABTA: 'Egyptian Red Sea resorts are safe'

Sean Tipton from ABTA, the British travel association, has said that as long as the Foreign Office say it is safe for Britons in the Red Sea resorts of Egypt, operators will continue to send tourists.

"The Red Sea resorts are fairly autonomous area of the country...we're very happy that if the Foreign Office feels it's safe to go, then it is."

He also added: "What is more of a concern is people who have travelled independently, where they don't have the safeguard of being looked after by a tour operator."

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Egypt Ambassador: 'Most of Cairo is safe to visit'

The Egyptian Ambassador told ITV News that the only areas that are not safe in Egypt are those where protesters are gathered in Cairo.

Ashraf El-Kholy told Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen: "Yes it is safe. I would advise them [visitors] to go to our Red Sea riviera, it is safe."

He added that outside of the specific areas where protesters are gathering Cairo is also safe.

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Germans advised against all Egypt travel

Germans have been advised not to travel to anywhere in Egypt, according to a German Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

Previously Germany had excluded the Red Sea resorts popular with European tourists such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada from its travel alerts, though had recommended increased caution.

The alert is short of a full travel warning, however, which would entail tourists being evacuated.

Read more: Tourists advised to stay in their hotels in Hurghada

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