Foreign Office Egypt travel advice warns Brits they could go to prison for criticising government
Egypt may be re-emerging as a travel hotspot for the summer but the Foreign Office has issued a stark warning to Brits heading there on holiday regarding criticising the Egyptian government.
The FCO travel advice for Egypt warns holidaymakers that criticising the Egyptian government could cause "trouble with the authorities", noting that even comments made on social media could lead to a prison sentence.
A statement on the website reads: "Publicising strongly negative opinions about Egypt or making political comments, including about the President or security forces, can cause trouble with the authorities.
"In some cases, derogatory comments on social media have led to custodial sentences."
And for those planning to take plenty of holiday snaps, the FCO warns to be vigilant and cautious about what you 9;re capturing on camera - or you could find yourself being arrested.
Officials warn: "Photography of, or near, military official installations is strictly prohibited. This includes the Suez Canal.
"Donât photograph officials without their consent. There are sensitivities about taking photographs of public buildings or infrastructure.
"British nationals have been arrested for photographing electricity stations, train stations and bridges if you are in any doubt seek permission before taking photographs.
"Donât use radio controlled helicopters or âdronesâ to take photographs."
Egypt has recently re-opened as a holiday destination for Brits, as holidaymakers head back to the resorts of Hurghada and Marsa Alam where cheap holiday packages can be found.
The country's tourism industry took a huge hit back in 2015 after an IS terror attack killed all 224 people on board a Russian passenger jet, rendering the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh a ghost town.
In fact, the UK still advises against all but essential travel by air to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Meanwhile there are still regions where the FCO advises against all travel unless it's essentials, such as Governorate of South Sinai with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq.Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt