U.S. travel warnings to pyramids are baseless, says Egypt
In this photo taken Friday, May 31, 2013, a tourist takes a camel ride at the Giza Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Hiro Komae / Associated Press
Egypt is having a tough time reviving its heavily tourism-dependent economy and as its political and safety situation remains fluid, these travel warnings don’t help much.
A ministry statement on Saturday says the warning is “baseless.”
An embassy message earlier this week urged Americans to “elevate their situational awareness” when visiting the pyramids because of a “lack of visible security or police” presence there.
It noted incidents of “angry groups of individuals surrounding and pounding” on cars with visitors, sometimes trying to open car doors.
The ministry insists the pyramids’ area in Giza, Cairo’s twin city, is “totally secure” and that the overall situation for tourists has improved.
Security deteriorated following the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak and tourism took a sharp hit.