Overwhelmed by the domino effect that has swept across the Middle-East and countries in Northern Africa: political unrest, travel advisories, casualties, revolutions… While it’s Bahrain’s turn now, we’re asking you whether you think it’s right to travel to Egypt and Tunisia just because it’s cheap?[middle_ad kw=”trips to Tunisia”]
Both daily life in Tunisia and Egypt has returned more or less to normal. There are still daily protests in different parts of each of the countries but they are small in scale and as long as you do not get involved, it’s safe. Tourist hotels and regions are deemed safe and open for tourism. Egypt, a country that depends on tourism, is slashing prices in order to lure tourists back and hopefully regain some of their lost profits during the political uprisings.
Current Tunisia travel advice:
The UK Foreign Office currently has no travel ban on Tunisia. It does warn though that while many travellers and tourists can now enjoy a trouble-free visit to the country and the capital, the political situation is still fragile as it undergoes extreme and rapid change. All visitors should be aware of the security situation. Most reports of injuries now are from bystanders who were involved unintentionally by incidental violence. To note: avoid any large gatherings of people, anything that smells like a riot or protest.[see]Flights to Tunisia – starting at £116 with British Airways[/see]
Current Egypt travel advice:
The UK Foreign Office currently has no travel bans in place for Egypt. Between the 25th of January and the 11th of February there were major political demonstrations in Cairo as well as in other cities across Egypt. Since then the security situation, especially for tourists and visitors has drastically improved. On March 19th, 2011 a nation-wide vote will take place to radically change the country’s constitution. According to recent reports, places like Luxor, Aswan and Red Sea Resorts (including Sharm el Sheikh) are calm. While this is true in most all tourist areas, the situation in Egypt can change at any time. There is a nation-wide curfew from 00:00 until 06:00 but it is not being strictly enforced in Luxor or the Red Sea Resort areas.[see]Flights to Sharm el Sheikh – starting at £134 with EasyJet[/see]
Should travellers flock to these countries though, now that prices are dirt cheap and the resorts empty? Or is it better to stay away until the political and security situations have settled and become more stable?