How to stay safe when traveling to Egypt
A travel advisory has been issued for India in the wake of a spate of stampedes in the country’s capital, Cairo.
The Travel Advisory Group (TAG) issued a travel advisory on Tuesday, advising travellers against travel to the country and other large cities, with a view to “further strengthening the security situation”.
The advisory has no specific date yet, but it comes amid a spate, which has seen the deaths of at least 40 people in the past week.
According to the TRAI, the death toll has risen to 40 since the beginning of February, with several more being confirmed.
The alert also mentions the need for a “consultation process” to decide how best to protect travelers, and the need to avoid crowds.
The warning comes as India grapples with the rise of terror groups and its increasingly volatile security environment.
The government, meanwhile, has cracked down on the flow of foreign funds through Indian banks, restricting the flow to the cash market and imposing a new ban on travel to some parts of the country.
India’s terror alert was issued on February 1, 2018, when a spate a week earlier saw a wave of deaths and a number of assaults at two major tourist sites, the Grand Mosque and Coptic Cathedral.
On February 9, a truck ploughed into crowds in the streets of the tourist hub of Luxor, killing one person and injuring more than 30.
A second attack killed six people in Luxor on February 13.
The following day, a mob of about 20 people attacked the Imam Ali Mosque in Cairo.
In January, another mob attacked a tourist site in Luxoria, Egypt.