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Last verified: Tuesday, 12. November 2019 at 07:23 AM

Egypt Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Egypt

Local Situation: 2.8 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Egypt. We detected travel advisories from 10 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.7 / 5

Egypt shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Egypt), the Advisory Index is 3.7 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Libya (5), Sudan with 4.1 and Israel with 2.7 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Egypt

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Egypt.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Egypt from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism. The Western Desert due to terrorism. Egyptian border areas due to military zones.  Terrorist groups continue ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/egypt-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/egypt

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution in the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq, due to the unpredictable political situation, civil unrest, crime and the threat of terrorism. Exercise increased caution in the coastal resort areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh, and the tourist ...

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/egypt

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Egypt.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel to South Sinai due to the risk of terrorism and ongoing military operations. This does not include the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq, where we advise exercising increased caution as below. Avoid non-essential travel to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, including the Western Desert. This does not include the coastal resort areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh, or the tourist areas along the Nile River, where we advise exercising increased caution as below.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Egypt.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to the North Sinai, including the Suez-Taba road, due to crime and continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces. Do not travel within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya due to the risk of terrorism and ongoing military operations.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Ägypten: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/aegyptensicherheit/212622

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Ägypten.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/aegypten/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Avoid non-essential travel to certain areas

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Res inte överhuvudtaget till norra Sinaihalvön, i närheten av gränsen mot Libyen eller ökenområdena i väster. Undvik resor som inte är nödvändiga till södra Sinaihalvön med undantag för Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab och Katarinaklostret. Var allmänt försiktig och uppmärksam på din omgivning i hela landet.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/EG

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Der er undtagelsestilstand i Egypten pga. risiko for terror. Det betyder fx at du kan se politi/militær i gaderne og opleve øget kontrol ved indgange til turistattraktioner osv. Det er vigtigt, at du altid har gyldigt billed-ID på dig. De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i landet. Uanset, hvor i Egypten du rejser til, bør du til enhver tid ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/egypten/

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Egypt.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Den vestlige ørken, Fayoum og strækningen mellem Luxor og området lige syd for Kairo by. Den sydlige del af Sinai-halvøen med undtagelse af kystområderne inkl. Sharm el-Sheikh og Dahab samt St. Catherine og hovedvejen dertil.

Info: Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have særlige grunde til at besøge området/landet. Vigtige forretningsrejser og presserende familiebegivenheder kan få rejsende til at vurdere, at et besøg er nødvendigt.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Egypt.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Den nordlige del af Sinai-halvøen.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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We’ve reviewed our travel advice for Egypt. We haven’t changed our level – reconsider your need to travel to Egypt overall. The highest level applies in some parts of the country.

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/north/Pages/egypt.aspx

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Egypt.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: Within 50kms of Egypt's border with Libya and Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: Within 50kms of Egypt's border with Libya and Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road.

Individual rating changes for Egypt

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Egypt. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Egypt changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 2.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 2.0.

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The Cypriot government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Egypt with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from May 2nd 2019

The total rating for Egypt changed from 3.0 to 2.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government decreased their existing warning for Egypt to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by -1.0).

About Egypt

Egypt with its capital Cairo is a country in Africa (Northern Africa), slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico (1,001,450 km²). The country is located Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula. The climate can be described as desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters. The landscape is vast desert plateau interrupted by Nile valley and delta. With a population of about 81.71 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Cairo
Population about 81.71 million
Size 1.001.450 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico
Common languages Arabic, English, French
Currency Pound (short: EGP)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +20
Internet Top Level Domain .eg
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 EG
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 EGY
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 818

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Egypt is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • agricultural land being lost to urbanization and windblown sands
  • and industrial effluents
  • and marine habitats
  • beaches
  • desertification
  • increasing soil salination below Aswan High Dam
  • limited natural freshwater resources away from the Nile
  • oil pollution threatening coral reefs
  • other water pollution from agricultural pesticides
  • rapid growth in population overstraining the Nile and natural resources
  • raw sewage
  • which is the only perennial water source

Natural hazzards

  • dust storms
  • flash floods
  • frequent earthquakes
  • hot, driving windstorms called khamsin occur in spring
  • landslides
  • periodic droughts
  • sandstorms

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Egypt. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. cement
  2. chemicals
  3. construction
  4. food processing
  5. hydrocarbons
  6. light manufactures
  7. metals
  8. pharmaceuticals
  9. textiles
  10. tourism

Agriculture products

  1. beans
  2. cattle
  3. corn
  4. cotton
  5. fruits
  6. goats
  7. rice
  8. sheep
  9. vegetables
  10. water buffalo

Egyptian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Egypt.

Export products

  1. chemicals
  2. cotton
  3. crude oil
  4. fruits
  5. metal products
  6. petroleum products
  7. processed food
  8. textiles
  9. vegetables

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. equipment
  3. foodstuffs
  4. fuels
  5. machinery
  6. wood products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Egypt?

Egypt is currently rated at 2,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 10 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Egypt.

Is it safe to travel Egypt in 2019?

Visiting the country Egypt is usually fine. The score is at 2,8 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Egypt?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 10 individual sources for Egypt.

What is the size of Egypt?

Egypt has a size of 1,001,450 km² or 386,662 mi² which is slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.