Foreign Ministry drops warning for southern Sinai, including Dahab near Sharm el-Sheikh

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) no longer advises anything other than significant travel to the southern part of southern Sinai or the Faiyum government in Egypt.

The update, issued on FCDO’s website yesterday, is positive news for travelers looking to visit the wider South Sinai region, which is easily accessible via direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

Prior to the update, the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh – popular for its large all-inclusive hotels on the Red Sea – was the only region on the Sinai Peninsula that the Foreign Ministry said was safe to travel to.

Now it is likely that smaller resorts in the region, including the bohemian diving resort of Dahab, will see the number of visitors to the UK increase.

The change also means that Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai and the mountain itself is considered safe for travel by the British government.

Faiyum, a region rarely visited by foreign tourists in southwestern Cairo, is also no longer subject to travel advice.

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The Sinai Peninsula has previously been the target of terrorist attacks due to an ongoing Islamic uprising in the region, which is now believed to have been contained in the north.

In 2015, Russian Metrojet aircraft 9268 was bombed during takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, resulting in the deaths of all 224 passengers and crew on board.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Egypt can now enter without having to test or quarantine. Children under the age of 12 can visit the country according to the same rules as fully vaccinated arrivals.

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