I feel I’m being pressured into holidaying in an unsafe place
I am due to holiday with my young family in Egypt, but since I booked the unrest has escalated to such a degree I’m afraid to go. First Choice is refusing to transfer my holiday to another country, stating it feels Egypt is still safe. I had booked and planned excursions to Cairo and I feel we are being pressured into travelling to an area which is not safe. DD, Morecambe, Lancashire
It’s unsurprising that the news headlines have unnerved you, but current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice is that the Red Sea resorts, where you are bound, remain unaffected, although it counsels against visiting the rest of Egypt.
“Thomson and First Choice have been working with the FCO very closely and are confident their policy of advising against non-essential travel to specific cities, rather than to the whole of Egypt, is correct,” says a spokesman for the parent company. “The Red Sea tourist areas are an eight-hour drive from Cairo and our colleagues report that the atmosphere is calm as people continue to enjoy their holidays.” First Choice is refunding its customers who have booked excursions to Cairo.
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