Last week the U.S. Department of State downgraded its travel warning for Egypt. Instead of telling travelers to avoid all travel to the country, it now recommends travelers “consider the risks.”
You can go to the State Department’s website to read the full travel update. But I’ll save you the trouble of reading the entire document.
What this means is that the State Department is confident enough about the political situation that U.S. citizens should feel comfortable again visiting Egypt. In fact, most employees have returned to the U.S Embassy in Cairo to resume normal operations.
While the situation regarding Egypt’s new government is far from clear, what is apparent is that the country is now peaceful and the process put in place via the “revolution of the youth” is working. There is a new sense of hope that Egypt will become a more democratic and open society, which we all, of course, welcome.
Friendly Planet Travel suspended all tours to Egypt when the protests erupted, but we will be evaluating the situation this week and will decide when we plan to resume tours to Egypt. It could be as early as August or September.
There is no question that we are ready resume our program. I traveled to Israel last week, which is a neighbor to Egypt, and I learned that the entire region has suffered from a downturn in tourism. We’ll be thrilled to do our part to turn that situation around. Watch this spot to find out when we plan to resume tours to Egypt and the extraordinary deals we’ll be offering.