Safety in Egypt

Sep 26th, 2019, 06:08 PM
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I do hope this thread doesn't turn into a string of reports of the various terrible events that people have experienced while traveling in Egypt or elsewhere!

@ BDKR: While I appreciate the importance of considering relative risks, I'm sure zebec can speak for himself.
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Sep 27th, 2019, 06:44 AM
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If that helps to reassure you I've been to Egypt 3 times(2000, 2003) and haven't experienced any terrible event(OK, I saw a pedestrian getting hit by a car) and I found it a very safe country(like most Islamic countries and most dictatorships). Some travellers may find the large number and presence of armed policemen and soldiers intimidating, but I actually found this reassuring. Most of the recent terrorist attacks target the local Chrstian community and not tourists(even the terrorists could have a brother working in a tourist industry). I hate to say this, but you can actually lower the risk of terrorism if you don't go to churches and monasteries(although those out in the desert are probably better guarded than city churches), or at least don't visit churches during services.
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Sep 27th, 2019, 03:49 PM
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@ BDKR: Interesting point - thanks
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Oct 4th, 2019, 11:17 AM
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I was in Cairo now in September.. police and military checking are everywhere..I felt very safe.. car bombngs are alla around the world..look at the shootings in the USA, violence in PParis etc..just go..I wouldnt cancel

have a nice trip
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Oct 4th, 2019, 05:02 PM
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@ doloresmercado: Thanks for reporting on your recent experience!
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Oct 10th, 2019, 01:34 PM
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I just got the new GeoEx catalog. The accompanying newsletter has a piece recommending travel to Egypt while tourism is down. Their December trip sounds enticing...
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Oct 10th, 2019, 07:40 PM
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@ thursdaysd: Interesting, and not inconsistent with MmePerud's advice! Thanks for the info
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