New UPDATE in 2021: I am back in Egypt for the second time, and again at a time when tourism is at its lowest. This time it is because of the recent times, so I will also explain the safety in this regard. But again, the main question I ask myself is: “Is Egypt safe?”
First of all: I have been living alone in Cairo for the past month and I still feel as safe as anywhere else in the world. In fact, I would say it’s safer here than where I lived in the US last time (Venice Beach). I will stick to my first article, explaining that since Egyptians rely heavily on tourism for their income, they are doing everything possible to protect them. In fact, it is a law that an armed guard travels with large groups on their tour!
As for the virus; in all honesty, few people wear masks and the wax rate is not great. The reported figures are also low. To enter Egypt now, you will need a negative PCR test (try asking for a QR code for this) or your vaccine QR code.
P.S. If you don’t feel comfortable traveling to Egypt on your own, or if you don’t want to, just join one of my super fun and super safe group tours there!
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Raise your hand if Egypt is at the top of your bucket list. Raise your hand if one of the reasons you haven’t left yet is because you’ve heard it’s peril. If you’re still raising your hand, you need to read this. Because I traveled to Egypt alone for almost two weeks, and yes, it was safe.
I’m not just saying that Egypt is safe because I want you to read my article or check out my blog. I’m not saying this because I’ve already seen the dozens of press releases from travel and travel agencies predicting Egypt as one of the most popular destinations in 2017. I am telling you about my experience, because like many of you, I stopped traveling to Egypt because people told me that it was not safe.
But because I am the citizen of the free and independent world and I want to be the peacemaker of the world that I am, I realized that all the people who told me that Egypt was not safe had not even been there! The journalists, on the one hand, had never reported their negative conclusions about Egypt from Egypt, they reported what they were told to say from a box in the United States that my friends, this is what I like to call false advertising. Or spread fear. Or in simple terms, bullshit.
Yes, the conditions were bad in Egypt a long time ago in 2011, I will not deny it since even the Egyptians explained to me what happened during the revolution. But that was years ago, and since then the country has not only improved its own conditions, but also improved conditions for tourists.
Why? Tourism is Egypt’s third largest source of income. Not only do they want you there, but they need you there. That’s part of the reason it’s so safe to travel there now. Not only do people respect the shit out of tourists and travelers, but the government is taking extreme measures to make them feel safe. If you think about it, the whole country suffers without tourism. And if this country suffers, guess who will never see the incredible great pyramids, Sphinxes or Egyptian tombs? U.
There are a few points I would like to share about what especially made me feel safe in Egypt, as well as why I would suggest traveling there now.
First of all, as I have already admitted, I too had doubts about security in Egypt before leaving. Especially since I traveled there alone. That’s why I ended up booking an organized tour to go to places outside Cairo, such as Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada. There is nothing wrong with taking a tour, and in fact, for this particular trip, I would highly recommend it. I’m not promoting the tour I did with this post, which is why I’m omitting its name, but it’s honestly an aspect of my vision of safety that I felt the need to include.
Not only did the tour arrange all transportation, hotels and admissions, but it also gave me the opportunity to hear other American travelers’ views on the tour, including two other solo women! Also, for those of you who are thinking, “She wasn’t really traveling alone, she was with a tour group,” don’t let that kind of thing stop you from seeing the big picture. Traveling solo doesn’t mean you have to isolate yourself in solitary confinement! One of the most awesome parts of traveling is meeting other people, which also means that you never really have to be alone!
I went to Cairo and Hurghada on my own. Apart from constantly trying to get a souvenir sold (like any big tourist destination), and being invited to take selfies with little boys, I really didn’t feel threatened at all. Learning the Arabic phrase for “no thanks”, “La’a shukran”, helped a lot with sales dislikes and also gained a lot of respect from the locals.
Speaking of the locals, despite the many who tried to sell me their scarves or their pyramid statues, I found one thing in common with everyone; the look in their eyes when I said I was from the United States.
It was a look at the same time perplexed, grateful and hopeful.
It took a few seconds for some of them to put the thought together, but most automatically blurted out: “You are welcome!”As if they were trying to convince me more than I already was that I was welcome in their country. I was also surprised to see how many locals told me how sad they were that Americans were no longer coming to visit Egypt, because the media portrayed such a negative image. All I could say was, “I know, that’s why I’m here.”
What many of you may not realize is that it was we Americans who dominated the tourist demographic in Egypt before it received such a bad reputation. But since we are all so easily persuaded by what we hear, unfortunately, it was very easy to single-handedly discourage an entire nation from visiting this country. Egypt has not experienced much decline in tourism from another country, but from ours. And that’s honestly part of the reason I went there.
I could go on and on about why I felt safe in Egypt, but I would also like to highlight a few key points about why it is a very good idea to go there now. First of all, as I said, the tours are already expecting an increase in the number of visitors next year, which means that all the big awesome sites will resume to be overcrowded in no time
It’s also a good idea to go now because it’s incredibly inexpensive! Not only is the dollar extremely strong in Egypt at the moment (1 USD = 9-15 EGY), but the tours are all discounted, including the ones I customized myself! There are also beautiful discoveries to be made, such as the two rooms of the Great Temple, and maybe even a hidden tomb connected to that of King Tut!
I know this is a lot of information to digest, but I really hope that if you don’t have time to read it, at least you see the photos I took to highlight what a beautiful place Egypt is. Believe me when I say, this is definitely a place you want to see before it’s too after.