Is Hurghada safe? Is it safe to travel to Hurghada Egypt? This is one of the questions people keep asking over and over again. So, is Hurghada safe to travel? Yes. Can I guarantee it? Off course not. Continue to read more about safety in Egypt.
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People ask lots of questions about safety in Egypt. Is it safe in Egypt? Unfortunately, I can’t give a straight answer to this question. No one can see the future or predict what’s going to happen next and where. The world has changed and anything can happen anywhere. So, there is no answer to this question.
But, I can share my thoughts and this is what I’m going to do here. I write my thoughts and tips about safety in Egypt overall, concentrating more on Hurghada and the Red Sea area.
WHY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE SAFETY IN EGYPT?
Many people still consider Egypt to be unsafe, because of the revolution that took place in 2011. Before the revolution, millions of people were travelling to Egypt with no worries.
Today, when you tell someone that you are about to travel to Egypt, the first question is: Egypt? Are you sure? Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Majority of people who consider Egypt to be unsafe, haven’t been to Egypt themselves. When you visit Egypt, you’re going to see the fact that it isn’t more dangerous than any other holiday destination.
Actually, there were almost 10 million tourists visiting in Egypt in 2018. Majority of them survived. The amount of tourists visiting in Egypt has been increasing yearly. And it still is. Most of the people visiting Egypt will notice that they were worried because of nothing.
NEXT: HOW TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY IN EGYPT?
HOW TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY IN EGYPT?
First of all, no matter where you travel, use your common sense. It takes you far. Also, before travelling to Egypt or anywhere, it’s recommended to read your governments’ travel advisory.
Second, make sure you have good and valid TRAVEL INSURANCE. This is something you shouldn’t save, no matter where you are travelling to. Make sure your insurance covers anything that can possibly happen. It’s sad to read stories about people who need medical care in their home country but can’t be moved because of the lack of money.
In this kind of situation, your insurance will be paid back many times. If something happens, for example, you end up to a hospital or lost your lost luggage, you must have yourself covered.
Both USA and UK travel advisories to Egypt say there is an increased risk for terror attacks.
Unfortunately, terror attacks have taken place in many countries: United States, Sweden, France, England, New Zealand and Germany for example. You can’t predict what happens next and where. If we start to be afraid of attacks and stop travelling, terrorism wins. This is not what we want, right?
NEXT: TERRORISM IN EGYPT
TERRORISM IN EGYPT
After the revolution, there have been few terror attacks in Egypt targeted tourists. The biggest and most destructive attack took place in Sharm El-Sheik in 2015. The bomb at the aeroplane caused the death of 224 tourists, most of them were from Russia.
Other attacks in tourist areas happened in Hurghada (stabbings in 2016 and 2017).
More to read: WIKIPEDIA-TERRORISM IN EGYPT
HOW EGYPT PROTECTS THE TOURISTS?
The Government of Egypt does everything to keep the tourists safe in Egypt.
It would be a huge disaster if something happens to tourists. Many Egyptians’ income depends on tourism, so people want to do everything to keep tourists safe.
For example, in Hurghada police sets up roadblocks daily; they check vehicles, ask Id’s, and I have heard there are civil police going around the city.
You see police everywhere, even behind your door asking IDs. But this doesn’t mean that it’s more dangerous here than somewhere else. I would rather say that things are taken care of and controlled.
There are always people around you, in case something is about to happen. You just need to open your mouth and sure there will be people helping you immediately. It’s always a disaster if something happens to tourists.
When you travel from Cairo to Hurghada there are five security checkpoints on the way. Sometimes authorities check buses and passengers in five different checkpoints, even buses don’t stop between these security checkpoints. Believe me, it’s very frustrating to sit and wait. But it’s for safety and in the end, it is good.
Personally, I’m not worried about terrorism in Egypt. Like said, terror attacks can happen anywhere. It’s more likely to die in a car accident than a terror attack. Actually, I consider the biggest threats for tourists in Egypt to be: The traffic and upset stomach.
NEXT: IS HURGHADA SAFE? IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT?
TRAFFIC IN EGYPT
THE TRAFFIC IN EGYPT is crazy and crossing the road can be hard and scary. Be extra cautious when crossing the streets and walking outside. The driving culture is totally different from what you’ve probably used to. There are no rules in Egypt. Or for sure there is, but no-one seems to care about them. If you travel to Egypt with kids use strollers and consider a harness for kids.
UPSET STOMACH can easily ruin your holiday. The bacteria in Egypt is different and may cause lots of problems for the ones who have a sensitive stomach. The best things to avoid getting stomach flu in Egypt is to use keep your hands clean; use hand-sanitizer, and wash your hands properly.
When eating out, don’t eat raw vegetables or meat. If something tastes strange, don’t eat it. It’s also good to avoid milk products. If you want to protect your stomach properly, start to eat probiotics at least one week before travelling and continue to use them through your holiday.
Last but not least, don’t forget to DRINK WATER. When you stay in the sun all day, the worst thing you can do is not to drink water. Beer or other alcoholic beverages will make the situation even worse. Dehydrating is something I can’t recommend enough!
SO IS HURGHADA SAFE? IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO HURGHADA EGYPT?
I have answered these questions about a million times. Yes, I think it is safe here in Hurghada. Aren’t you afraid of living there? Not at all. Why should I be afraid? To be honest, I feel safer here than in my country, even though I come from one of the safest countries in the world.
Here you don’t see drug users, unsteady or unpredictable acting people on the streets. You don’t have to be afraid of the pickpockets and can go out alone at night. Off course you need to use your common sense and stay away from areas and people you don’t know, especially at night time. But this is what you should do everywhere, right?
Read more about the city of Hurghada from this post: THE CITY OF HURGHADA
Crimes against tourists in Egypt are very rare, especially when compared, how many tourists visit Egypt yearly (in 2017 8,2 million, about 10 million in 2018). I would love to see the statistics about crimes against tourists by countries. I’m sure Egypt would be far from the top.
From my point of view, Hurghada and Egypt are safe. Of course, I can’t guarantee that nothing ever happens here, but these days you can’t say what happens where and when. Something bad can happen anywhere and anytime.
Egypt is not more dangerous than any other country. Come and see it yourself.