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Egypt: Tourists warned not to carry THIS on them or face being jailed for 12 years

Fadu News 2018-10-09 04:18:37

Egypt holidaymakers should be aware of the rules of the country before travelling.

As a predominately Islamic country, many actions or beliefs that are okay in the UK may not be allowed in Egypt.

This means that wearing revealing clothes is frowned upon, as well as being negative about the government.

There is one item that tourists are warned not to take or show off or risk long jail sentences.

Rainbow flags should not be carried or portrayed when in Egypt on holiday.

The rainbow flag is a symbol recognised as the LGBT pride flag which has been recognised since 1978.

While homosexuality is not criminalised in the country, those in the LGBT community can often be prosecuted with a charge of “debauchery”, warns the UK Foreign Office.

“There is little public acceptance of homosexuality in Egypt,” the website says.

In 2016, 11 people were jailed up to 12 years with the charge of “debauchery and incitement to debauchery”.

Last year, seven people were arrested after flying a rainbow flag at a music gig.

Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila who was headlining the gig, with the lead singe being openly gay, condemned the actions against their fans with a statement saying: “We denounce the demonisation and prosecution of victimless acts between consenting adults.”

Egypt has faced criticism from the US, with more than $200 million in aid denied due to a failure to make progress on “on human rights and democracy” according to Reuters.

Accusations include police enforcement using dating app Grindr to target the LGBT community.

Egypt has struggled to entice tourism in recent years following a series of terrorist attacks.

In 2015, a plane travelling from Sharm El-sheikh to Saint Petersburg in Russia crashed, killing all 224 onboard.

Terrorist group ISIL claimed responsibility for the incident. Two attacks also took place at the resorts at the Red Sea.

In 2017, seven tourists from Germany, Armenia and the Czech Republic were stabbed with three of them dying from their injuries.

The threat of tourists is still high in Egypt with an attack “extremely likely” so tourists should take caution before travelling to the country.

There is also a threat of fake tourist visa websites online for Egypt tourist, with targets warned to be wary.