Relentless rise in the number of Britons arrested on holiday

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  1. Independent
    The number of British visitors arrested in Egypt has doubled in a year, according to Foreign Office (FCO) figures released today.

    The large increase occurred despite a sharp fall in tourism overall since civil insurrection began there early last year.

    Consular staff in Cairo handled 66 cases up to the end of March this year, compared with 34 for the previous year. Worldwide, one UK citizen is arrested on average every 90 minutes, according to the FCO figures.

    A spokeswoman for the FCO said: "Since the political upheaval we've noticed a crackdown on enforcing existing laws including those around immigration issues. Egyptian authorities are strict on out-of-date visas. Many people don't realise that if the visa is out of date by more than 14 days, then they won't be allowed to leave the country."

    Immigration rules for Egypt are more complicated than for other countries bordering the Mediterranean.

    The majority of UK holidaymakers stay on the Sinai Peninsula at resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab. No visa is required, unless the traveller ventures into other parts of Egypt.

    The FCO also reports cases of mistaken identity at frontiers. "Someone having the same, or similar, name to a person on the Egyptian 'stop list' can result in someone being detained whilst checks are done," said the spokeswoman.

    UK consular staff handled a total of 6,015 arrests of British nationals abroad, up 6 per cent on the previous year. On a typical day, 16 UK travellers are arrested – one every 90 minutes. Half those arrested were under 34. Large increases in arrests were also recorded in China (14 per cent), Canada (23), Belgium (26) and India (44).

    But in terms of absolute numbers, the Foreign Office is much more concerned about the 9 per cent rise in arrests in Spain, the most popular country for British holidaymakers.
    Relentless rise in the number of Britons arrested on holiday - News & Advice - Travel - The Independent
     
  2. Some one replied to this post in the Indy as follows
    Having seen the way that these creatures behave in southern Spain, the Greek Islands and other points East I'm always amazed as to how the Police manage to keep their temper; because I'm quite sure I wouldn't
     
  3. Easy targets....apparently Police in Thailand make a good business arresting foreigners and then charging them for translators etc etc
     
  4. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Stop behaving like ***** as soon as you get off the plane is my advice.
     
  5. Just leave the next 100 or so to the tender mercies of whatever country they are in... word will soon spread.
     
  6. Having once had words with some so called "tourists" in cyprus.
    If the infantry are questioning your behaviour somethings obviously wrong.
    We did have a strong word with themselves.
    but drunken fighting starts at midnight not at 8pm standards:(