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1. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 9y

Just wondering.. as there has been quite a few bomb attacks in recent years.

Especially aimed at tourists/westerners...

I hear there a quite a few tourist police about? but can anyone else offer advice on how to stay safe in egypt?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Andyroo:)

When I was there, I stayed away from most tourist attractions, or else visited them briefly.
I also traveled thrid class on the trains, which tourists usually dont do.
I think the terrorists mostly target tour buses and places where they expect a lot of tourists.
I think, there are probably lots of tourist police. There was one at the train station when I got of the train, in the desert(where I spent most of my time, while I was in Egypt). He escorted me, to my hotel. I did not notice any tourist police in Cairo, but maybe they are available, if u have a problem.
However, this was around 10 years ago. I dont know what has changed, since then.

Mel

3. Posted by Kamar (Full Member 32 posts) 9y

Quoting Andyroo

Just wondering.. as there has been quite a few bomb attacks in recent years.

Especially aimed at tourists/westerners...

I hear there a quite a few tourist police about? but can anyone else offer advice on how to stay safe in egypt?

Hi,
Egypt is a safe country. I go often there, alone and never I had problems and I go everywhere, I move me by trains and bus with Egyptian people.
There are many police in Egypt, so when you go to visit tourista areas you will find many policemen around so don't be scared :)

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quite a few tourist police was an understatement when I was there in 2004 (only the day after I left Cairo a bomb exploded outside to Egyptian Museum where I had been standing). The tourist police were everywhere and in some areas they weren't just restricted to ground level but instead were standing in a booth a couple of metres off the ground looking down. It is a little bit off putting seeing people with these huge guns seeing I don't live in a country where this sort of thing happens. Having said this, it does make you feel a little safer knowing that they are there to protect you the tourist. If anything should happen like a dodgy person harrassing you, you go to the tourist police and he will sort the guy out for you and get him off your back.

I think that anywhere you go in this day and age a terrorist attack could happen, but chances are you wont experience it. So I guess you have just go to sum up is that risk worth taking to get the reward of travelling to Egypt?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 16, 2007, at 4:08 PM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 9y

The terrorist attacks seem to be concentrated ONLY in the Sinai Peninsula and not the rest of the country. I had a similar dilemma in the December 2005. I decided to go to Egypt anyway and loved every minute of it.

Pranav