Egypt will reopen to tourists and waive visa fees

Posted by Anita Froneman on 15 June 2020

While European countries are opening their borders officially today [15 June], most of Africa is still under lockdown. Egypt however announced it will reopen borders to tourists 1 July.

The pyramids of Giza is a big tourist attraction.

Flights will resume between Egypt and ‘countries which have reopened their airspace’, said Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar according to The Citizen.

The Egyptian government has decided to waive visa fees for tourists arriving on direct flights until October 31, 2020, reports Egypt Independent.

Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation also agreed to a 50% discount on accommodation and landing fees in all tourist cities for charter trips as part of the strategy to revive the country’s tourism sector. 

Some beaches will reopen from 1 July: the Red Sea, South Sinai and Marsa Matruh.

‘We chose these three governorates because they are coastal, far from the main centres, and have reported the lowest numbers of virus infections,’ said Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani.

Tunisia is also opening its borders to Europe and Algeria from 27 June. According to Travel off path, Algeria provided 25% of Tunisia’s nine million tourist arrivals last year.

Also read: 

EU to open borders to non-Schengen members by July

Image credit: Instagram/Egypt

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