Egypt Travel Update From ABTA
Published: 31 January 2011 By MoneyHighStreet Staff Leave a Comment
With the trouble in Egypt continuing, ABTA, in line with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), are advising against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez.
With tens of thousands protesting in Cairo for a seventh day, the nationwide curfew in Egypt has now been extended to cover from 1500-0800 local time.
ABTA are recommending that British nationals without a pressing need to be in Cairo, Alexandria or Suez should leave by commercial means where it is safe to do so.
By advising against all but essential ravel, it means that customers of ABTA Members who have booked package holidays to the affected areas of Egypt but have not yet travelled will be entitled to receive suitable alternative arrangements, rebook for a later date or, where these aren’t available, a full refund.
These arrangements apply to immediate departures only, and for the period the advice is in force. Any customers with future departure dates need to discuss arrangements with their tour operators.
Customers whose travel arrangements aren’t a package holiday should refer to the terms and conditions of the services they have bought to determine what their rights are.
According to ABTA the majority of British holidaymakers in Egypt are based in the Red Sea area, in places such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. These are a significant distance from the troubled areas and currently are unaffected.
MoneyHighStreet.com comment – If you are due to be travelling to the troubled areas of Egypt, contact your tour operator, airline or travel agent to find out the options you have. This will range from a refund, an alternative holiday, a change of flight or holiday to a later date. The exact options will depend on who you have booked with, what you have booked and where exactly you are due to be travelling to.
The situation in Egypt is very volatile and travel companies and airlines are responding to the rapidly changing position. As such it is vital you check for the latest details from the company with whom you are booked.
If you are due to be travelling to Egypt you may be wondering if your travel insurance will cover you. You will need to check the details on the policy you have but the majority of insurers will not cover cancellations to areas that are unaffected by the unrest – currently the Red Sea resorts for example.
If you decide to travel to areas that the FCO is advising against, it is likely that you will invalidate your travel insurance. Again though you will need to check the specifics of your cover.