Over the weekend, it was announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammad Mursi was declared the winner of the presidential run-off election in Egypt. This announcement was a key part of the transition process that began more than a year ago when former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
The announcement that Mursi won the election was largely met with celebrations in the streets. But travelers to Egypt, as well as expats on assignment there, should remain vigilant. While the situation has stabilized for the moment, key issues remain, including the formation of a new government, the constitutional process as well as parliamentary elections.
Travel to Egypt can continue, but caution should be exercised. This is a good time to take a look at your organization’s security and evacuation provisions. Avoid large gatherings in locations where demonstrations have taken place, including in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Alexandria. Avoiding these hot spots can limit exposure to violence.
Above all, research your itinerary prior to travel and monitor the political and security situation carefully. That’s good advice for travel to any country, not just Egypt.