The FCO travel advice for Egypt has been updated with regards to restrictions on swimming and watersports.

Many restrictions on swimming and water sports remain in place following  shark attacks on 30 November, 1 December and 5 December in which a tourist died and three others were injured. Officials continue to investigate the cause of the attacks and have introduced measures to monitor the coastal area and to require that hotel owners adhere to controls in order to ensure the safety of those in the water off beaches outside their hotels. Whilst it has been reported that on 12 December 2010 the Governor of South Sinai, Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha announced that some beaches in the Sharm el Sheikh area were to re-open, you are advised to take extra caution and to monitor updates issued by the local authorities and your tour operator at this time.

The Egyptian Chamber of Diving and Water Sports website provides further details and regular updates on the current situation in Sharm el Sheikh where most diving and water sport activities remain suspended. Shark attacks of any kind are very unusual in the Red Sea.

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FCO travel advice