Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Latest advice as coronavirus cases soar past 55 with first death confirmed

CORONAVIRUS cases in Egypt have spiked with 55 confirmed cases following an outbreak from a river cruise ship.

As the first death caused by the virus is also confirmed, here is everything you need to know about your flights, holiday packages and travel updates if heading to Egypt.

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Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

There are no current travel restrictions to Egypt due to coronavirus.

Despite this, the current warning from the UK government states: "There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in China. The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and in some other countries, including a case in Cairo, Egypt.

"You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities."

Cases of coronavirus leapt over the weekend after 45 people on a River Anuket cruise ship tested positive, taking the number to 55.

Brits who head to Egypt will not have to self-quarantine on their return to the UK.

Can I cancel my holiday to Egypt?

All flights are still operating from major airports, so any Brits due to travel to Egypt are unlikely to get their money back.
The only time that tour operators are required to give a refund on holiday packages is if the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for a region and turns it into a no-go area, which they have not done in this case.

Qatar Airways is the only airline to have banned flights from Egypt.

Independent hotels are not even required to refund money in this instance, so if you have paid in advance and choose not to turn up then you will lose your money.

If the hotel is a large chain, it could be worth asking to change your stay to another location or delay your trip but they are under no obligation to grant this.

Holidaymakers are advised to check with their travel insurance providers to see if there is something they can do, but that is also unlikely.

We've explained everything you need to know about cancelling your holiday due to coronavirus.

We've also issued the latest travel advice for Spain, Italy and France, as cases of coronavirus rise.

Bali, Malaysia, and South Korea have all updated their travel advice for tourists heading to the country.

Here are the symptoms of coronavirus, and what to do if you have any.

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