Egypt Travel Advice for safety and security

This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 09 July 2013.   It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension (violence in Nasr City on 8 July 2013). Vietnamese who remain in Egypt should avoid all demonstrations, protests and large crowds as they may turn violent and closely monitor the media for information on events and developments that may affect your security and safety. We advise Vietnamese to reconsider their need to travel to Egypt overall due to ongoing civil unrest and not to travel to the Governorate of North Sinai. Vietnamese in Egypt who are concerned for their safety should consider leaving by commercial means.
Safety in Egypt
Egypt is considered a relatively safe destination, although there is a history of terrorist attacks against foreigners. Because of this you cannot hire a car and drive yourself around the country at will. Trucks, tour buses and cars drive in convoys from Cairo to Luxor. But the train system is fine to use, and independent travelers have no problem getting around either by bus or train throughout the country. Most people visit Egypt on a tour, or package holiday.

Petty Theft, Scams, and Crime
Petty theft is common as in most poorer countries, so hang on to your valuables at train stations, markets and busy areas. Keep your valuables locked in a safe, or wear a money belt, especially if you are staying at a budget hotel. Violent crime is very rare, if you're in a group you can walk the streets safely even at night. Scams to try and get you to buy perfume, a camel ride you don't want, or a night at a hotel that belongs to a "uncle", are quite common. But they're annoying rather than dangerous. More on common scams ... and basic safety when traveling in Africa

Health
Medical facilities in Egypt's larger cities and towns are very good, but less so in rural areas. The main health issue travelers encounter are stomach upsets, heat exhaustion, sun burn, and injuries from road accidents. In December 2010 there were some incidents of shark attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh. These are quite rare, but ask your hotel or resort for the latest information before you go diving or snorkeling.

No immunizations are required to enter Egypt, but you should be up to date with your vaccinations and check with your local travel health clinic for the latest advice. More about health and safety...

Women Traveling to Egypt
Violent crime against women is rare but unwanted attention is not. Egypt is a Muslim country and unless you are looking to offend, please dress conservatively. Women should not wear shorts, mini-skirts or tank tops. In fact it is inadvisable for women to wear anything short or sleeveless unless on the beach or by a pool. On public transport, try and sit next to another woman, or family. Ask directions from a woman or family, rather than a group of men. If you can, hire a female guide. It will give you access to a whole side of Egyptian culture that you may otherwise miss out on.