The Dutch government has warned tourists to avoid Egypt and to leave the country if they are already there. The current political situation in Egypt is very dangerous.
Approximately 2,600 Dutch tourists hope to fly home today or tomorrow and they are gathering on various airports in Egypt to catch a plane. Transavia, Corendon and ArkeFLy have arranged 15 extra flights to bring the people home.
Last Friday the first negative travel advice for Egypt was announce by the Dutch Foreign Office and since then the political situation in Egypt has got more dangerous by the day. There will be five flights from Sharm el Sheik and four flights will depart from Hurghada to Schiphol. One group of Dutch tourists has stranded in Aswan and they will be picked up by travel organization Corendon. Two planes will depart from the tourist destination Marsa Alem and a further three planes are on standby in Luxor.
Today the first 1.500 people will be rescued by Transavia and the first empty planes are already on their way from Schiphol to airports in Egypt.
Tour operator Corendon evacuates 679 people from Egypt today from Hurghada, Aswan and Luxor today. ArkeFly will do the same for 500 people. Surprisingly enough the German and British tourists are still staying in Egypt until further notice.
The evacuation is a response on the continues mass demonstrations in Egypt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. So far the demonstrations did not harm any of the tourists because the resorts were away from the scene, but the critical situation did frighten the people so they told the press upon their return in the Netherlands.
According to the people who returned today the staff of the resorts was very helpful but they were not allowed to talk about politics at all so it was hard to get any information. In some cases the tourists were not allowed to leave the premises of the resort and internet access was not allowed.