Last updated on February 28th, 2019
Planning to go to Egypt in 2019 and wondering whether it’s safe to travel to Egypt? There is no simple answer to that question, that is why I decided to write about it in a separate post. Read here about the latest Egypt travel advice in 2019 and our experience travelling in Egypt visiting Hurghada.
Looking for more information about Egypt? Look no further! Here’s a post about the top tours you need to take in Hurghada. Interested in an all-inclusive vacation? Here’s our review of the holiday in Egypt with Thomson / Tui.
Let’s get started.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt in 2019?
If you’re wondering, whether it’s safe to travel to Egypt in 2019, the answer is yes and no. Egypt is quite a risky country, however, there are areas there are safe and there are, of course, places that aren’t safe.
Is Cairo safe in 2019?
If you’re planning to go to Cairo, it should be more or less fine.
It might not be the best idea to travel to Egypt independently (if you rent a car or so), but the Red Sea and Mediterranean sea coast are generally fine for travelling, especially if you buy a package.
In case you’re planning to go to Luxor – it should be fine, no worries. Luxor is safe to travel to. But what about the most touristic destinations in Egypt: Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh, are they safe to travel to? Let’s see below.
Is it safe to travel to Hurghada now?
In case you’re intending to spend a week or two in Egypt, relaxing on the beach and sipping a lemonade somewhere in Hurghada, you’ll be fine. While I was there on holiday, however, 2 women were stabbed to death at the private hotel’s beach in Hurghada (just on our last day in Egypt) and that’s quite terrifying. The killer swam to this beach from a public beach in Hurghada and carried a knife in his outfit. However, all year before that Hurghada was absolutely safe and sound. There weren’t any significant accidents recently in Hurghada, so Hurghada should be safe for travelling in 2019.
Due to the unstable situation with ISIS and radical Islamists, no one can be 100% safe pretty much anywhere in the world (unless you’re planning to spend your holiday on the Isle of Skye in Scotland or in Shetland). Even some people working in
Makadi Bay (30 km away from Hurghada), in my opinion, is pretty safe – you can’t possibly enter to this hub of the hotels united by the name Makadi without passing the security checks at the entrance and later in the hotels. So in case, you’re really concerned about your safety in Egypt – head to Makadi Bay. We stayed in Jaz Makadi Aquaviva and felt really safe inside the hotel. Moreover, we went on a couple of tours, including a safari tour to the Bedouin village, and it was also fine. At no time in Egypt, we felt a threat.
Is the airport in Hurghada safe?
The airport in Hurghada has an increased level of security right now. When you depart from Hurghada International Airport, you will go through the security checks at LEAST 3 times. We went through it 5 times and scored all the random checks, thanks to Pepe’s Arab look (here’s Mexican/Catalan, but there must have been some Arab ancestry in him).
Is Sharm el Sheikh safe to travel in 2019?
Is it safe to go to Sharm-el-Sheikh now?
Is it really safe to travel to Sharm el Sheikh in 2019? If you want to go to Sharm el Sheikh, it could be pretty risky. There are no flights from the UK to Sharm
Is it safe to travel to the other parts of Egypt in 2019?
The North Sinai with the cities like Rafah, Al-Nakhl and the South Sinai (except for Sharm el Sheikh)
Summary: Is Egypt safe in 2019?
Well, as I already told you above, there is no simple answer to the question, whether it is safe to travel to Egypt in 2019 or not. Some parts of Egypt are definitely a no-go, while some are pretty okay. If you’re not going to Egypt on your own (without a travel agency), you should be pretty fine, as long as you stay in the touristy areas of Hurghada. As for Cairo, it makes sense to check the news before planning your trip to Egypt.