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Foreign Ministry Recommends Avoiding Travel to Egypt’s Big Cities, With Exception of Red Sea Resort Areas


Due to the uncertain and potentially changing security situation in Egypt, the Foreign Ministry recommends avoiding travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Luxor, and other major cities. The situation in the resort areas along the Red Sea is peaceful and no major violence has occurred there. Estonian tourists should adhere to the regulations and recommendations issues by travel agencies and the local authorities.

On 11 February, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation. The military has taken over power and promised to start implementing reforms. Exact measures are being announced gradually over time.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the security situation in Egypt is calming down. “During the last few days there have been no attacks on foreigners. However, there have been demonstrations in institutions and businesses related to demands for better pay and working conditions, and the economic effect of the crisis can be felt all over Egypt,” he said.

Paet added that considering the significant impact that developments in Egypt have on other Middle Eastern and Northern African countries, it is important that the nation takes a peaceful path towards reforms and free elections.

For citizens currently in Egypt, the Foreign Ministry recommends adhering to the curfew being implemented in big cities from 00.00-06.00 and to be aware of any relevant announcements. The Foreign Ministry also continues to recommend that Estonian citizens avoid any public gatherings.

The Foreign Ministry is monitoring the situation in Egypt and can provide advice to travellers if necessary. Consular aid can be reached around the clock at the number +372 53 01 9999.


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