Security alerts for travellers in Egypt

International tourism companies have warned travellers in Egypt to remain in their hotels if they are already in the northern Sinai region of Egypt. This warning comes after the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group made a statement on Twitter that tourists should leave the country and threatened to attack any travellers who remain after February 20. This Sinai-based militant Islamist group took responsibility for the suicide bombing on Sunday that killed two tourists.

Travellers are advised to exercise caution near government or security force buildings.

Some countries have issued warnings that there is a high threat of terrorist attacks which could occur without warning, and are advising to avoid travel to the governorates of Beni Suef, Minya, Asyut, Sohag, North Sinai and South Sinai. Some countries have specifically warned against travel to the Nile Delta outside the urban centres of Cairo and Alexandria and to the Nile Valley south of Cairo to north of Luxor.

Increased security measures are in place to protect the Sharm el-Sheikh resort areas.

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