Following the attack on a tourist bus which had been on an excursion to Taba, and on which three tourists were killed, the Foreign Office is advising that only those who have to go to Egypt on essential business should avoid travelling in the entire Sinai Peninsula, with the exception of the resort confines of Sharm el Sheikh.
The ban means that British and other tourist will be prevented from visiting other Red Sea resorts which have proved a popular attraction in the past. These include Taba, Dahab and Nuweiba. Also out of bounds are other popular attractions such as St Catherine’s Monastery, Petra in Jordan, or anywhere else in the region. The Foreign Office is commenting that other attacks are very likely to take place as the terrorist claim more will follow the attack that took place on Sunday the 9th February.
For tourists who are booked to travel to other resorts within the Sharm area including Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq, as well as the airport, these are exempt from the ban. The Egyptian authorities have put enhanced protection in place at the Sharm airport as well as the Sharm resorts.
The two main operators at the Sharm resorts has cancelled all excursions to the much visited St Catherine’s Monastery, which is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and from which the bus which was attacked was returning.
Problems in Egypt have been evident since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011following which tourism figures for Egypt have fallen dramatically by a millions, until now the Sharm region has been largely unaffected.