The advice change comes after the killing of four people in a bomb blast on Sunday in Taba. The bus was full of tourists and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office believes the threat of terrorism is very high and that terrorists are continuing with their plans for more attacks.
Britons are now not allowed to travel to resorts in the Red Seas including Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba and have been advised against excursions into sites including Petra and St. Catherine’s Monastery.
There is enhanced security in Sharm el Sheikh and the military in Egypt has been deployed to areas in and around Sharm el Sheikh, its international airport and across the entire South Sinai, said the FCO.
The FCO updates comes just a day after Hazem el-Beblawi the prime minister of Egypt admitted a militant group in the Sinai Peninsula was a threat to foreign tourists.
In his statement, Hisham Zaazou, the Minister of Tourism in Egypt expressed deep sorrow for the bus bombing. He said the tourism ministry was ensuring all security bodies were undertaking all necessary precautions to guarantee such an incident would not take place again.
The minister said the authorities would find those responsible and they would be brought to justice.
This news comes just 48 hours after two large tour operators in the UK suspended their excursions to Egypt’s St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula after a bomb went off three days ago close to the historic site.
Tui Travel and Thomas Cook halted day trips to the site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and located near Sharm el Sheikh.
The attack took place on Sunday in Taba a resort on the Red Sea, when a tourist bus with over 30 people aboard was waiting at a border crossing at Eliat.
Two people from South Korea and the bus driver were outside the bus checking the cargo hold and upon their re-boarding the suicide bomber detonated his bomb after pushing through the bus door.
The bus driver and three of the bus passengers were killed.