Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Travel advice after Briton jailed for carrying painkillers

Egypt travel advice: British tourist jailed for three years after being caught with Tramadol (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)


British tourist Laura Plummer, 33, has been jailed for three years after being caught carrying painkillers into the country.

Her conviction, having escaped the death penalty, comes after she was found with 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase for her partner Omar Taboo.

She will also have to pay a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds (£4,205) as part of her conviction.

Is it still safe for British tourists to travel to Egypt?

Those who need it will need to have the correct documentation when entering the country

Anyone travelling into the country should be aware that certain medication and the amount of medicine can be prohibited.

Those who need it will need to have the correct documentation when entering the country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states: “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.”

The medicine Methadone, which is often prescribed as a substitute for heroin according to the FRANK website, is not allowed into the country at all.

FCO also advise: “If you’re travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition.

“The Egyptian Embassy website states that this should be in the form of an official letter from your GP, specifying details of your condition, the quantity of medication you will be carrying and that the medication is for your personal use only.”

British tourist Plummer previously stated that she was bringing the medicine to her Egyptian partner due to his back problems.

She wept in court yesterday as she was accused of drug smuggling, despite her family stating she was simply ‘naive’.

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Egypt travel advice: British tourists should always carry certified documents with their medication (Getty)
Britons heading to the country should also be aware of the terror threat in Egypt and the travel advice.

A deadly attack on 24 November in a mosque in Sinai left over 300 people dead following a bomb explosion.

Many were killed in the Al-Rawdah mosque whilst they were praying as well as reports of a gunman outside.

FCO warned that attacks are “very likely” and that tourists should remain vigilante at all times.

Source :

Express News

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