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Tourism authority warns Russians not to travel outside resorts

November 21, 2013, 14:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's tourism authorities have examined Egypt’s infrastructure before the Foreign Ministry had adjusted its recommendation and had concluded the situation at resorts was calm
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MOSCOW, November 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Officials of Russia's state tourism authority have urged Russians in Egypt not to travel beyond resort areas, Russiatourism press officer Irina Schegolkova told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Ministry has adjusted its mid-August recommendation that citizens should refrain from visiting Egypt, reporting on Thursday that “the current situation in Egypt does not preclude Russian citizens visiting Red Sea resorts”.

However, the ministry added, tension remained in some areas, including Cairo and other big cities where protest rallies had taken place and protesters had clashed with security forces and police.

“Russiatourism recommends Russians to be cautious and avoid travelling beyond tourist zones, including cities and areas with persisting risks of terrorist acts and social tension,” Schegolkova said.

She said Russiatourism and the Association of Tour Operators of Russia had examined Egypt’s infrastructure before the Foreign Ministry had adjusted its recommendation and had concluded the situation was calm in the resort zone.

Russiatourism still recommended avoiding crowded places and not taking excursions to big cities as riots had broken out in Cairo several days ago, the official said.

Russiatourism predicted that demand for trips to Egypt among Russians was certain to increase several times as there were no price and proximity alternatives to the country, Schegolkova said.

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