Since the political conflicts in Egypt began earlier this year (2011) I have been receiving updates on the situation from my friend Mary Mimouna, who distributes reports out to her wide array of contacts from an associate by the name of Pat, who has been living in Egypt for a number of years. I chose to share the report that I received this morning as it is a direct, first person warning to potential tourists planning trips to Egypt.
Update from the Egyptian Revolution
I am just sitting down to my computer this evening wondering how I am going to get a message out to potential tourists – information that I am just finally figuring out and confirming. Egypt is not safe at all, not even for Egyptians, never mind foreigners that live here or potential tourists. My American friend just went to Alexandria to visit her daughter’s family with a new baby and she said no one goes out after dark – because there are no police at all.
Just imagine your country/ city with no police force at all. For the last couple of weeks, we have slightly noticed that there are no police around. There are no police at the front of banks, traffic police, normal police, security police – no police cars or trucks on the street or parked in front of police offices. I walked to the new large supermarket yesterday in the middle of the day and did not see any police or police vehicles anywhere – a distance of one mile each way.
So, I called a tourist police friend today and bluntly asked him what is going on? He said the police feel that they do not have the respect or appreciation of the people and since the military is in control of the government, then let the Army protect the people.
So, please inform everyone you know via e-mail, facebook, etc. that the bottom line is that now is not the time to visit Egypt. Many hoodlums running around especially on motorcycles and I am no longer carrying a purse. Just have a pouch in my clothing with money and phone and keys. You could also call any travel agents you know. I know for a fact that Grand Circle Tours is planning on sending groups soon and their clients are usually retired people and then need to be stopped from doing so.
I have also been told that some travel agencies are starting to send groups and this is a big mistake!
The Tourist Police are working – except not much because there are no tourists except in the Red Sea Resorts – perhaps 10% occupancy.
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What do you think? Would you travel to Egypt right now?