Is it safe to travel to Egypt? New advice after US strike on Iran killed General Qasem Soleimani

TOURISTS heading to Egypt on holiday have been warned to “remain vigilant” following the US airstrike in Iran which killed General Qasem Soleimani.

The Foreign Office has updated their latest travel advice amid fears of Westerners being targeted abroad.

 The death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has led to fears of Westerners being targeted abroad


The death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has led to fears of Westerners being targeted abroadCredit: AP:Associated Press

The government warns: “Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.”

The attack has led to protests in Iran, with other holiday destinations popular with western tourists such as Turkey and Dubai also facing potential repercussions.

Current travel advice also advises against all travel to North Sinai which borders the Gaza Strip and Israel.

All but essential travel is advised again in South Sinai as well as the area west of the Nile Delta.

 Terrorism in Egypt remains "highly likely"


Terrorism in Egypt remains “highly likely”Credit: Getty – Contributor

Since 2015, Brits were warned not to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh after a Russian passenger plane was bombed, killing all 224 people on board.

However, the flight ban was lifted in October, with airlines and tour operators launching direct routes to the region.

The threat of terrorism remains “very likely” in Egypt, with a Cairo bombing last year killing 20 people and a tourist bus explosion near the Pyramids of Giza injuring 17.

The majority of visits are trouble free, as Egypt is popular with Brits booking package holidays thanks to cheap deals and hot weather.

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