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We monitor the Arab Awakening and the risk of traveling to these countries. You may do the same checking warnings of your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
Bern:  http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/de/home/travad.html 
Berlin: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/ 
Roma http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it/ 
London http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa  
Washington:  http://travel.state.gov/

Beside these official statements you may check Shoe-thrower`s index on the ECONOMIST website: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/03/arab_unrest_0 before you decide, where to dive.

Egypt
Egypt's Mursi experiment is over. The new president Sisi formed a government and started to bring law and order for the people.The level of respect for personal freedom and opinion is still low, but safety is expected to become better.
Sinai Red Sea destinations in Egypt cannot be considered as safe for tourists. Dive centres and liveaboard operators on the Red Sea offer strong discounts just to cover the running cost.

Sudan
The protest in the roads of Khartoum and Omdurman seems likely to expand to other cities. The economic motivation in the beginning in June (inflation reached 30 % p.a.) has been widened with the political outcry for more democracy.

New flight connection to Port Sudan every Monday.
Emirates offer flights from all continents to Dubai. The carrier FlyDubai leave Dubai after lunch (at 13.50 h) for Port Sudan, continues to Khartoum and back via Port Sudan by sunset (at 17.30 h) to arrive in Dubai at 18.40 h. Round trip costs less than AED 900.- which is approx. EUR 200.- per person.

Agig, ancient harbour on the Sudanese Southern Red Sea coast Archaeological expedition with experts is planned near to the Eritrean border. For details see report of Michel Pons


Eritrea 
We take again bookings for this destination in autumn / winter. A new agent in Asmara will supply all services from the pick-up at the airport to the rent of dive equipment in Massawa. We try to be helpful with advice and experience.

Djibouti
Djibouti is calm and safe in these days of bad news from other destinations. The chance to dive with  whale sharks will decrease in May with higher water temperature.
Yemen                      BE CAREFUL OR STAY AWAY - CIVIL WAR CONTNUES
Sana`a - Socotra or Kamaran island
From the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs we receive the following travel warning: "In considerazione dei violenti combattimenti che continuano a registrarsi in molte aree dello Yemen e della perdurante instabilità nella stessa capitale Sana’a, si sconsigliano assolutamente viaggi a qualsiasi titolo in tutto il Paese, inclusa l’isola di Socotra (in quanto, per arrivarvi, è obbligatorio lo scalo a Sana'a e a Mukalla)."
Same warning is valid for the Hodaydah airport, where you arrive from Sana'a for the transfer to Kamaran island.