More political unrest in Egypt has no doubt caused some of you to change your plans of traveling to the Red Sea or at least think about it. The UK Foreign Office does not give the Ok lightly, instead of giving a blanket warning for travel to Egypt common sense has prevailed and the following has been posted on the website:
“In the governorate of South Sinai the FCO advise against all but essential travel, with the exception of (i) the Red Sea Resorts including those in the entire region of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab; (ii) the St Catherine’s Monastery World Heritage Site; (iii) road travel between the Red Sea resorts; (iv) road travel from the Red Sea resorts to St Catherine’s Monastery approaching from the east; and (v) transfers between the resorts and the airports of Taba and Sharm el Sheikh”
We hope if you are considering a change of plan that this maybe puts your mind at ease. During the Tsunami in 2004 and the political unrest in Thailand in 2010 we can’t tell you how much we and the local community appreciated the tourists that still came. We knew full well in 2010 that there was no danger to tourists in Phuket but we had to look upon increasingly bare streets. So we fully understand the frustration of our colleagues and the locals in the Red Sea resorts that are suffering from the latest political upheaval through no fault of their own.
As a result there are lots of empty spaces on the boats and if you still plan on enjoying the wonderful Red Sea Diving, you’ll find plenty of bargains.