Ministry works with tour operators to stop charter flights
Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an advisory warning against travel to Egypt’s popular tourist areas along the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba. It is working with tour operators to stop outbound charter flights to these areas. However, tourists who are already in Egypt are not being evacuated. Sweden has offered similar advice.
“The Foreign Ministry now advises against also non-necessary travel to the tourist areas along the Red Sea (including Hurghada) and the Gulf of Aqaba (including Sharm el-Sheikh and Taba),” the Danish ministry’s travel advice reads.
The three biggest Danish charter tour operators, Spies, Star Tour and Apollo, have all chosen to stop travel to Egypt. In Sweden, travel agencies are reportedly struggling with a drop in bookings to Egypt.
“The demand for travel to Egypt has basically died [since] the unrest in Cairo began,” Stefan Chatzopoulos of Swedish travel company Airtours said in a statement.
As reported yesterday, fears are growing that the violence in northern parts of Egypt could spread to the country’s main tourist areas. Tourists in Hurghada have been advised by police to stay on their hotel premises and in Sharm El Sheikh tourist excursions have been stopped.
However, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all but essential travel only to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez, saying that increased security is protecting tourist areas.
“In view of continued unrest and the evolving political situation in Egypt, the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate (including Hurghada). Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the resort areas. There have been no violent protests in the South Sinai resorts during recent disturbances in Egypt,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says on its website.
At the moment, charter guests already in the tourist areas will come home as planned. Nevertheless, further bloodshed is expected in parts of Egypt today after Friday prayers.
The Local / Travelmole / Daily Mail / DR.dk