Egypt is open for business as many travel bans on the country are lifted!
Updated February 20, 2010
Belgian travel agencies Thomas Cook, Tui, Jetair, and Neckermann have resumed scheduled trips to the Egyptian Red Sea resorts of Hurghada, Taba, Marsa Alam & Sharm El Sheikh, following the lifting of the travel ban on Egypt by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry believes that things on the ground in Egypt are safe and returning to normal, and therefore has given the go ahead to agencies to resume tours again.
The French Foreign Office has raised the limitations on travel to Egypt. The Foreign Offices website states Stays in the big tourist centers are not any more un-advised .The zone of Red Sea is in a normal situation, as well as the cities of Luxor & Aswan. There is, thus, no objection to go by air there". Based on this, the French Tour Operators Association (CETO) has decided to resume tours to the Red Sea resorts & Nile cruises to Luxor and Aswan beginning on 22nd February, 2011.
Club Med, the French tourism chain, is just another company that has taken advantage of the decreased travel bans on Egypt. It has announced the opening of their Gulf of Aqaba property, named Le Club de Sinai Bay Hotel, and will begin welcoming guests on March 5, 2011, with plans for another location in El Gouna to be opened soon.
Australia has also downgraded the travel restrictions in place to Egypt from a level 5 (a strict do not travel) to a level 4 (consider traveling to Egypt).
And with the ease of the travel bans comes good news:
One of the priceless works that had previously disappeared from the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities has been returned! The statue of King Akhnaten was taken from the Museum during the protests, and a professor from the American University in Cairo has come across it and returned it.
The statue, made of colored limestone, depicts the king holding an offering tray and wearing a crown of blue faience, and is 7cm tall with an alabaster base. The statue will return to display shortly.