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Egypt: Overall security outlook deteriorating, travel discouraged throughout the country

EGYPT – As a result of a continuing deterioration in the overall security outlook, all travel in and around Egypt is discouraged.

No incidents or indications of risk to the safety of Italian nationals have become apparent in Red Sea tourist areas (Sharm el Sheikh, Marsa Alam, Berenice and Hurgada) or those along the northern coasts (Marsa Mathrou, El Alamein) although, as a result of continuing developments, incidents associated with the country’s general instability cannot be ruled out. In that regard, the foreign ministry continues to strongly advise avoiding excursions outside the confines of tourist installations, particularly to cities, and close adherence to the recommendations of the local authorities.

Following the recent violence in major cities, which is expected to continue over the coming days, the local authorities have declared a state of emergency throughout the country, in addition to a curfew (from 19:00 to 6:00) in the 14 districts of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia, Assiut, Sohag, Benisuef, Minya, South Sinai, North Sinai, Beheira, Qena and Fayoum ( Sharm el Sheikh is excluded from the curfew imposed on South Sinai).

The overall security outlook remains extremely changeable. Today’s incidents are impacting negatively on the security conditions in the capital. Travelers are therefore advised to keep abreast of developments and to avoid, or limit as much as possible, their movements in the areas concerned, steering well clear of any type of assembly.