Suicide bombings took place in Egypt on Palm Sunday (9 April 2017) in which at least 44 people have been killed and at least 70 injured. The attacks targeted Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta.
According to news sources, Islamic State (IS – also known as ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) has taken responsibility for the attacks.
A previous bombing in December 2016 targeted Cairo’s Coptic cathedral, killing 25 people.
While Tanta is 60 miles north of Cairo and not a common tourist destination, Alexandria is often included in travel plans by visitors.[caption id="attachment_908" align="alignnone" width="723"] A partial map of Egypt showing Alexandria (top) and Tanta (centre) in relation to Cairo[/caption]
State of Emergency
A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt following Sunday’s attack. It will last for three months and will enable authorities to search homes and make arrests without a warrant.
No specific effects on travellers have been advised, but there will most likely be additional security at airports and popular attractions, particularly over the Easter weekend. It’s a good idea to allow extra time for security checks.
If you are in Egypt
If you are currently in Egypt, keep a close watch on local news and follow any instructions given by local authorities.
Safe Journey policy holders (i.e. if you had purchased Safe Journey terrorism travel insurance prior to the attacks) can choose to curtail their trips and return home early if their accommodation is within a 40-mile radius of either of Sunday’s attacks*.
Should you prefer to continue your visit, we would suggest being extremely vigilant at all times – particularly when visiting religious sites and popular attractions – as there has been a warning of further attacks.
Disinclination to Travel
If you have a Safe Journey policy (purchased prior to 9 April 2017) and are scheduled to travel to Alexandria or Tanta over the next six weeks, cancellation cover may be available should you prefer not to travel.
“Disinclination to travel” applies if your booked accommodation or travel route falls within a 40-mile radius of either of Sunday’s attacks, and you are scheduled to depart up to 6 weeks from the attack*.
Please note that should FCO advice for Egypt change, this can affect your Safe Journey cover, but at this point advice against travel has not been issued for the affected areas.
Safe Journey policy holders who need to make a claim, please click here for contact details.
The information above regarding cancellation and curtailment is a summary only. For full details of these and other items covered by Safe Journey terrorism travel insurance, as well as terms, conditions and exclusions, read the full Policy Wording.
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