Egypt’s would-be travellers, who cancel their plans to fly to its Red Sea resorts, would not be refunded.

Consumer group, Which? Travel, warned that tour operators would not hand back money because official Foreign Office advice stated that popular Egypt tourist resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh were still safe.

A Which? Travel spokeswoman, said: “Unfortunately, if you have booked a holiday, a package holiday or a flight or anything lie that, until the Foreign Office announces that it is not safe to travel, although you are obviously within your rights to cancel, you won’t be entitled to your money back.”

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The Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez in Egypt.

It insists that popular winter sun tourist destinations are ‘calm’.

A spokesman said: “The safety of British nationals is paramount. The situation in  Sharm el Sheikh remains calm'”

Germany, who has the third highest numbers of tourists travelling to Egypt behind Britain and Russia, has issued a travel warning, which includes the Red Sea resorts.