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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned against all travel to Sharm as there have been attacks in the past like the Russian plane crash in October 2015. There is a special police force to assist tourists. They wear a distinctive arm band saying, “Tourism and Antiquities Police,” and they can be found in hotels and at tourist sites. However, most importantly, follow advice from authorities and reliable news sources.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and on public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
There is a threat of kidnapping in remote desert areas. However, they should not be a big concern in major cities. Most kidnappings are within the Egyptian community and their targets tend to be affluent people, or they are used to settle a dispute among neighbors, rivals, or tribes. Carjackings usually target sports utility vehicles. Muggers are usually armed and use different tactics to stop the vehicle. If you find yourself in this situation, do not resist; usually, the criminals are after the car and will not harm you if they are successful.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other high tourist city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Most of the taxis do not have a meter, so be prepared to negotiate your fare before you get in the taxi and tell your driver you want to be dropped off at the main gate.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Road conditions are poor and drivers usually do not follow traffic regulations. Avoid microbuses if you can as there have been assault reports.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
October and November are the months where heavy rains and strong winds, together with elevated dust levels have caused disruptions to port operations.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
Terrorist attacks are likely in Sharm. The main threat comes from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. There have been reports of women been assaulted in taxis and while in public areas. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men. Wear clothes that cover your arms, legs, and chest in order to blend in.