The UK Foreign Office (FO) on Friday issued a warning against “all travel” to the north and south of the Sinai Peninsula due to a “significant increase in criminal activity” and dangers of kidnappings in the area.

A statement released by the FO also attributed the change in travel advice to Egypt to the deterioration of the security situation outside of the resort areas in south Sinai since early 2012, rendering both the northern and southern parts of the peninsula dangerous travel destinations.

“There have been a number of hijacks and kidnaps in the interior of the Governorate, although major tourist resorts remain stable and calm,” read the statement.

The new guidelines “advise against all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai,” with the exception of the Red Sea Resorts in Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab and the roads connecting them.