Starting this thread in anticipation of the June 30th protests planned across Egypt, and travel impacts (not political). People planning trips to Egypt next week should understand that there will be major demonstrations around in Cairo and likely countrywide. As one obsessed Egypt observer, here are a few things you might want to know:
- Protests do not necessarily mean that Cairo or any other city is unsafe. They come in many flavors, and almost all of them can be avoided with a bit of awareness and planning. That said, you probably do not want to be planning trips around Cairo June 30. There are likely to be transportation disruptions. Pyramids are hotels are typically unaffected. The Egyptian Museum on Tahrir....probably no the best day.
- There is a good possibility that sizable demonstrations and/or violence could begin prior to the 30th, particularly starting on Friday the 28th. Travelers should become familiar with local news outlets and monitor them. Again though, just because something bad is going on in one city or neighborhood.....you'd likely never know about it without the internet. That's Egypt.
- On the other side, it's possible that this turns into one of the three or four day things that we have occasionally....with ongoing clashes at one or several locations. People arriving the week after next should keep an eye on things. People traveling in the coming months should expect to see some pictures of big protests and maybe violence.....it's happened before and it will happen again. It may or may not be indicative of the situation when you visit.
- The roads connecting the Sinai and the mainland will be closed June 30th. There is some talk of the Cairo metro union joining the protests also, but that's yet to be confirmed.
I joined this forum to try to provide perspective on Cairo, as a balance to the crazy pictures you see on TV and online when not in Egypt. In general, safety concerns are overblown and sensationalized. But, there is uncertainty in Egypt these days, and travelers take that on when visiting. Nobody knows how the course of things will go next week, next month, next year.....but unless there is a major change in conditions, tourists should not be afraid of coming. They should be aware and informed though.
Happy to try to answer questions as the situation progresses. I'll be consuming obscene amounts of twitter to find out what's going on around the country anyway.