Travel agents need to remind their customers that Sharm el Sheikh is part of Egypt and is best now avoided as a holiday destination. Their customers risk being jailed, beaten or disappeared if they do or say anything the regime does not like.
They need to tell families booking with them that in the past few days, Egypt’s military government has given international journalists long jail terms, 183 Egyptians have received death sentences and that thousands have already been imprisoned, beaten and killed.
In this updated travel advise, they should add that any client who gets into trouble with the regime will receive very limited consular protection. Western democracies regard Egypt as an indispensable ally — however abhorrent its policies.