Just recently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned against travelling to certain parts of Egypt. Due to demonstrations that are taking place there, the group feels that Brits should avoid travelling to this area. That being said, it seems that tour operators do not feel the same way. In fact, many tour operators are refusing to give refunds to travellers who cancel their trips to Egypt. This has caused a lot of British travellers to become frustrated and upset.
What it comes down to is simple: Tourists want to cancel their trips to Egypt because the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to the country. This includes all travel to North Sinai. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office did say that this warning does not include the Red Sea resort area that is located in South Sinai.
Other governments in other countries have been warning their citizens not to travel to any place in North or South Sinai and this includes the Red Sea resort. This has a number of tourists wanting to cancel their travel plans to this area. However, since the Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not include this resort in its warning, tour groups are refusing to give out refunds.
Even the United States has issued travel warnings for Egypt. However, the United States is warning its citizens to avoid travelling to any area in Egypt or Thailand. On top of that, the United States has already started evacuating some 2,000 of its nationals from Egypt.
According to travel experts, if the British government would follow suit and place a travel warning over all of Egypt like the United States did, British tour operators would be forced to refund money to British travellers. However, since most of these tour operators book holidays to the Red Sea resort, they are not required to pay back any of the money if travellers cancel their trips.
It is apparent that most tour operators agree that it is not safe to travel to Egypt. In fact, the independent tour operator known as Nomadic Thoughts has already publicly spoken about a change in situation in Sharm el Sheikh. It is advising all of its customers who are in this area to not leave their hotels. In fact, the owner of this tour operator, Jono Vernon-Powell, noted that his company has always been very hard-headed about sending people to Egypt because that is how they make most of their money. The situation in Egypt has changed over the past few weeks, and his company wants everyone to remain safe.
Jono Vernon-Powell added that his company is monitoring the situation very closely and updating its customers on an hourly basis. Right now, the advice is for its consumers to stay poolside at their hotels and wait for things to blow over. Customers should also keep their cell phones on in case they need to be reached. Everyone should be safe if they stay in their hotel rooms and avoid large gatherings if they have to adventure outside their hotels for any reason.