Belgium lifts travel ban on Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh

Dalia Farouk, Tuesday 2 Sep 2014

Several key European countries have recently lifted travel warnings against the Red Sea resort town, imposed after February bombing of tour bus in South Sinai

Tourists who were due to participate in an aquatic exercise class perform on the sand instead, at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 (Photo: AP)

Belgium has lifted its warning against travel to Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai, Egypt's tourism ministry announced on Monday.

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou has been trying to remove all such warnings imposed by European countries since February, when a bomb blast on a tour bus in South Sinai killed three South Koreans and their Egyptian driver and raised concerns about safety at Red Sea resorts.

Belgium's move follows Ireland, Finland, Germany, Italy and Denmark.

Some 37,000 Belgian tourists visited Egypt in the first six months this year, a 50 percent drop from the same period a year earlier.

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