The innocent mistakes that can land tourists in trouble in Egypt – and even jail – The Sun

A BRITISH dad is has been locked up by Egyptian police for ‘sexually harassing' an airport security worker.

But his family have claimed that Tony Camoccio, 51, from Sutton, simply patted the member of staff on the back at Hurghada International Airport to say thank you.

The incident happened after he was patted down during a security check.

His wife Joan, 53, and son Remo, 26, have remained in Egypt and are appealing to the local authorities for his release.

This is the latest in a line of Brits to have been arrested in the Middle Eastern country for alleged behaviour that would not be unlawful back home in the UK.

In April 2017, Robert Lapham was detained for three days by Egyptian security forces because they thought he had a bomb made out of a tin of breath mints when trying to fly home from Marsa Alam airport.

Later that year, Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested and spent 15 months in prison on drug charges after 290 Tramadol prescription painkillers were found in her luggage at an airport.

The 34-year-old had planned to give them to her ­Egyptian husband Omar for his chronic back pain.

Then in 2018, Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, from Manchester, was arrested on arrival at the airport in Alexandria and accused of spying in Egypt "after taking a photo out of plane window".

Egypt is a hugely popular country for holidays among Brits, with an estimated 415,000 British nationals visiting in 2018 and most trips are trouble free.

But it is predominantly an Islamic country and many local laws are very different to those in the UK, with visitors often unaware of how they are falling foul of local customs.

The Foreign Office has a long list of customs and laws that holidaymakers should abide by on their trip, including how to dress, displays of affection in public, drinking alcohol, when to take pictures, political opinions and same-sex sexual activity.

Read on to find out more.

How to dress

While clothing choices are far less controversial in popular holiday resorts, both men and women are advised to dress modestly in public places, especially in rural areas.

Displays of public affection

Displays of public affection are frowned upon, with holding hands, kissing and cuddling all frowned upon.

Drinking alcohol

Drinking alcohol in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar is not allowed and can lead to arrest.


If you are travelling with prescription medication, please check in advance if this needs prior permission and a medical certificate from your GP.

Making negative comments about the country, in public or on social media

According to the Foreign Office, publicising strongly negative opinions about Egypt or the President can cause trouble with the authorities.
In some cases, derogatory comments on social media have led to custodial sentences.


Taking pictures of or near, military official installations is strictly prohibited and tourists have also got into trouble for photographing public
buildings, including electricity stations, train stations and bridges.


According to the Home Office, bringing drones into Egypt or using them inside the country is banned in Egypt unless you have prior authorisation from the Egyptian Ministry of Defence.

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