In general, Egypt is a safe country to travel. Egyptians are very friendly - if you are in need of assistance they will generally try to help you as much as they are able, more than any one can imagine. For example, if you take a taxi from Cairo to Alexandria, you will be stopped at a checkpoint before leaving Cairo. They will ask where you are going, and communicate with the checkpoint at Alexandria to make sure you reach your destination within a certain time period. The same goes for most trips into the desert. There are also several checkpoints from Cairo to Sharm el Shiekh when traveling by coach. Military officials get on the coach and check passports to ensure safety for tourists and check the identity of anyone travelling to that region.As for casual crime (muggings and robberies), Egypt is quite safe. As for pickpocketing, really the problem is probably no greater than it is in most Western cities. In Egypt the problem of cheating and scams when buying in tourist places, this is likely to be doubling the price but is still relatively cheap with the exchange rate being 12 Egyptian pounds to 1 pound sterling...the tourist will find Egypt a bargain, hotel prices are extremely affordable and travellers can enjoy 5 star luxury at unrivalled prices . Hotel staff go out of their way to ensure your stay be a pleasant and memorable experience . Cairo has everything to offer and more. It is more exciting than a number of big cities and is surprisingly very pleasantly cosmopolitan.
You will find the security situation in Egypt (as in many countries) is frequently exaggerated by Western media outlets, creating a negative impressions that is somewhat amplified by the heavy-handed policies of Egyptian authorities in keeping tourists safe. The reality is that travelling in Egypt is probably more safe, than visiting most Western capitals!
Egypt relies heavily on foreign tourism for its national income and both Egyptians and their government are extremely keen to prevent any occurrence that might create a bad impression and keep tourists away. Tourism is one of the country's most important sources of hard currency, and besides not wanting any untoward incidents, Egypt is very pragmatic and wants in no way to jeopardize a vital economic benefit. Post script: the above appraisal is not accurately dated. The danger level changes depending on the date one is reviewing it. Currently the danger level in most of Egypt is coloured Green on FCO UK which is SAFE. Egypt has a lot to offer tourists and in general is safe and welcoming to tourists. In many ways it is the same as it was 10 years ago, it is still safe to walk at night as the big cities come alive and most Egyptians start socialising after 10pm at night, all the restaurants and cafes are open late. It is safe to ride taxi's and especially airport and hotel taxi's go through high security checks. Most taxi drivers in Egypt are graduates and over qualified, as are most service sector industries. The majority of Egyptians are courteous and polite and friendly and extremely helpful and kind especially to tourists. Tourist destinations are also safe to visit with the vast majority of tourists having no problems and only positive experiences. (From TripAdvisor 2018)
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