Is it safe to travel to Egypt in 2019?

Egypt’s tourism industry is at a critical juncture as resorts try to win back visitors driven away by fears of civil unrest, religious intolerance and terrorism. Back in 2010, the industry was thriving, with around 14.7 foreign tourists visiting Egyptian shores. But the turmoil that followed the Arab Spring and the ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak saw this number plummet to just 5.4 million in 2016. As the dust finally began to settle in 2017, tourists started turning to Egypt as a cheaper alternative to increasingly expensive package-holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy and Greece. But just as things were looking up, the reputations of major Egyptian resorts were hit by reports of foreigners dying as a result of food poisoning, shark attacks and even murder in the summer of 2018. And, this month, human rights group Amnesty International released a report saying Egypt is “more dangerous than ever” following a brutal police crackdown on terrorism and dissent. Read more here >>>

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