Status: 28.11.2023, 20:29 PM
By: Marcus Giebel
In autumn and winter, many Germans are attracted by the warmth in the distance. Currently, however, travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office apply to several countries.
Berlin – In Germany, winter is making itself felt a little earlier this year. In Bavaria and elsewhere, the first snowfall was already announced. The view can wander into the distance. To where it is pleasantly warm. Instead of icy cold, many countries lure you in these days and weeks with sun, beach and sea.
Travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office: 38 countries are listed
However, caution is advised when choosing a holiday destination. Wars and conflicts are spreading on almost every continent. Therefore, it is worth taking a look at the list of travel and partial travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office. 38 countries can be found on it (as of 25 November).
Popular holiday destinations around the globe are also among them. Like Israel, where the Middle East conflict flared up again as a result of the attack by the fighters of the radical Islamic Palestinian organization Hamas on October 7. In Japan, the evacuated areas around the Fukushima nuclear power plant should still not be visited.
Snorkeling group: Off the Egyptian coast, there is a lot to discover under the surface of the water. © IMAGO / NurPhoto
Federal Foreign Office warns against travel: kidnappings possible in Haiti and the Philippines
Due to unrest, there are warnings against travel to Haiti, where foreigners could become the target of kidnappings. Furthermore, the Federal Foreign Office informs that there is a risk of damage in the Caribbean island state in the violent clashes of the gangs, in protest actions or in looting.
At least some regions and areas should not be visited in the Philippines. There would be "an increased risk of terrorist attacks and kidnappings, both on land and at sea."
Many warnings are also currently being issued for African countries. For example, the Federal Foreign Office points out that the government in Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency for the Amhara region in August. In the country, paramilitaries are engaged in bloody clashes with the army.
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Holidays in Egypt: Beware of the border with Israel and Gaza
With regard to Algeria, it warns against "travel to the border areas with Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Western Sahara". "Tourist trips to the other Algerian Sahara areas, to the immediate border region with Morocco, and outside the districts of the larger cities in the northern part of the country, to rural areas and mountainous regions" are strongly discouraged if these tours are not accompanied by police protection.
Egypt is high on the list of holiday destinations for many Germans. Here, too, the Federal Foreign Office warns against travelling to certain parts of the country. After all, Egypt borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, where Jerusalem's troops have been trying to bring Hamas to its knees for weeks.
Pool visit: It's not only on the beach that tourists in Egypt can enjoy a wet treat. © IMAGO / Pond5 Images
Accordingly, the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian-Israeli border area – with the exception of Taba – and remote areas of the Sahara are not to be visited. Unaccompanied, individual excursions and overland trips in the south of the Sinai Peninsula are discouraged.
Incidents in Egypt: Policeman shoots tourists and missiles injure people
Berlin goes on to say that there are always pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Egypt with many participants. Further gatherings of this kind are to be expected, especially on Fridays after the midday prayer. Demonstrations and large gatherings of people should be avoided.
The Federal Foreign Office mentions two incidents in Egypt. On October 8, a policeman shot dead two Israeli tourists and an Egyptian tour guide at a tourist site in Alexandria. The shooter was arrested. As a result of the impact of a missile, several people were injured on October 27 in the towns of Taba and Nuweiba in Sinai. They were probably misguided drones.
Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on Egypt: "Exercise particular caution"
Regardless of this, there is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout the country. Most recently, in August 2019, a car bomb in central Cairo claimed at least 20 lives. In some cases, foreign citizens are also targeted by terrorists.
Especially at night, increased checks by the security forces are to be expected. During holidays, such as the Coptic Christmas on January 7, the proximity of Coptic facilities should be avoided. "Take special care when traveling to Egypt, including the tourist areas on the Red Sea," the Foreign Office notes. (mg)