Egypt travel advice has been updated by the Foreign Office following the arrest and imprisonment of tourist Laura Plummer.
Laura was arrested and put into a jail in Egypt after a 300 tablet supply of prescription drug Tramadol was found in her suitcase at Hurghada airport on 9 October 2017.
She is accused of smuggling the drug, which is an illegal medicine in Egypt.
However, she has claimed she did not know the drugs were illegal in Egypt and insisted she was bringing the painkillers to help with her partner Omar, who lives in the country and suffers from back pain.
The latest advice on the The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website – last updated on November 6 2017 – says “the political environment remains restrictive” in Egypt.
With regards to medication, it warns: “Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are considered controlled substances in Egypt and can’t be brought into the country without prior permission from Egypt’s Ministry of Health.”
“If you arrive in Egypt without this permission and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the country and you may be prosecuted under Egyptian law.
“If you’re travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition.”
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“The main threat is from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai.”
As part of this warning, the Foreign Office advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai, where there are “continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths”.
They also advise against all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai and the area west of the Nile Vallet and Nile Delta regions.
Back in September, Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, said he welcomed Egypt’s revival as a holiday destination.
“Both destinations are wonderful countries, with great hotels, great beaches, nice people, and it’s really good value.
“People want to go back. We are not a security company.
As long as we have the advice of the Foreign Office that we can fly to Egypt and Turkey, we offer a great product.”