How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 2.5 (2012) vs global average: 7.9 (2012), Africa average: 7.4 (2012).
- Small risk of unexploded landmines in desert and coastal areas.
- Under military control.
- Sinai Peninsula is a hotbed, though attacks can happen anywhere.
- Increased risks during dates of national significance (25 January, 29 April-1 May, 30 June-3 July, 14 August, Ramadan).
- The last case: an IED attack on a tourist bus injuring 16 near the Giza pyramids.
- Civil unrest:
- Protests, marches, demonstrations may occur, generally after Friday noon prayers.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Report any crime immediately as failure to do so before leaving Egypt means you will not able to seek prosecution at a later date.
- The Sinai Peninsula (except travelling to Sharm El-Sheikh by air)
- Western desert, borders with Sudan and Libya, area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions
- Ismaila and Suez
- Landmines areas in desert areas in the north west near Alamein, limited stretches of the Mediterranean coast near Marsa Matrouh, Red Sea coast south of Suez
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track crime trends, terrorism news and risk levels, upcoming significant dates, civil unrest and more for you. Click to learn more.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice