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Travel & Tourism News 25/05/2020
Egypt cuts cost of tourist visas and museum fees

Egypt is reducing the cost of tourist visas in June, July and August to promote post-Covid-19 travel to the country.

Arrivals to Luxor and Aswan airports in the north of the country will pay US$15, $10 less than the usual $25, for the three months.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities has also halved entry fees to all archaeological sites and museums, which have been closed since March 23, as a further incentive and waived rent fees for all bazaars and cafes based there.

Hotels in Egypt resumed operations on May 18, 2020, with new hygiene standard regulations. They will be limited to operate at 25% capacity for the remainder of May, and capacity will be capped at 50% from June 1.

All properties have undergone mandatory sterilisation before reopening and must pass an audit to ensure they are meeting new hygiene criteria, which includes providing staff and guests with masks, gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE), contactless check-in with disposable pens, temperature checks for guests, sterilising luggage and providing hand sanitiser.

Valets have been banned and casinos have also been limited to 50% capacity.

The Central Bank of Egypt, meanwhile, has launched an EGP50 billion (£2.58 billion) financing initiative to support tourism in the country, and dropped the interest rate at which it is repaid from 8% to 5%.

Source: Travel Weekly https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles ... -3JTqbfZUU

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Visa fees only apply to foreigners so Egypt must be envisaging a return of foreign tourists fromJune 1st.

Personally...I think they are being a tad optimistic. Even if Egypt opens its borders to foreigners I’m not sure there’s much appetite for them to risk visiting a country with a dubious record on COVID-19 avoidance tactics and problematic health services.


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'Arrivals to Luxor and Aswan airports in the north of the country will pay US$15, $10 less than the usual $25, for the three months.'

Since when were Luxor and Aswan in the north of the country? Luxor may be north of Aswan, but it's not exactly north of Egypt.

'Egypt is reducing the cost of tourist visas in June, July and August to promote post-Covid-19 travel to the country.'

Exactly the months that most tourists avoid going to Egypt, and ex-pats try to leave because it's too hot to stay. Although I can imagine those with properties in Egypt, and who have not been able to get back there since the various lock-downs, would like to get back to check on their investments, and/or renew relationships.
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Although most aficionados - me included - would tend to avoid Egypt in the height of the summer, this is still regarded as tourist season....as you can tell by the exorbitant rise in air fares1!

You have to remember that most visitors are after sun, sand and warm seas.....not the undoubted historical attractions or the experience of a different culture.

Although most advice on Egypt would say “go Nov- Feb” and “avoid June-August”, in reality the Red Sea tourists don’t care. The hotter the better!

Of course, you’d be mad to favour Luxor and Aswan in the summer....even on a Nile cruise - but habits have changed a lot since the revolution.

The above remarks do not, of course, apply to expats...or indeed domestic tourism. The locals tend to favour the Med coast during summer rather than the fleshpots of Hurghada @nd Sharm.
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Even in the best of years most hotels on the West Bank would be delighted to have even 25% capacity June to August, never mind have it capped at that figure! It must be referring to the Red Sea resorts. And what difference they think a $10 reduction on the total cost of their holiday is going to make I cant imagine .....
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hatusu wrote: Tue May 26, 2020 12:38 pm Even in the best of years most hotels on the West Bank would be delighted to have even 25% capacity June to August, never mind have it capped at that figure! It must be referring to the Red Sea resorts. And what difference they think a $10 reduction on the total cost of their holiday is going to make I cant imagine .....
I quite agree.

Presumably social distancing will still be relevant...plus everything, and everyone, being doused in disinfectant every five minutes :lol:

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The authorities in Turkey are talking about resuming international flights but only from countries who can demonstrate that the virus is on the decline. Not sure that is the case in Egypt yet, which airlines will be prepared to fly in? Do people want to travel yet? From speaking to friends in the UK they have put all their travel plans on hold till next year.
So many questions and I doubt very much that a ten dollar reduction in the tourist visa will do much to help.
Schools in the UK are due to reopen, in limited circumstances, parents are in a quandary as to whether it is safe to allow their children to return.
The world is full of mixed messages. When will Newcastle and Who consider returning here?
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I’d be back like a shot Carrie...but doubt there’ll be any flights for a while.

I’d be quite happy to continue my isolation in the company of my Egyptian family, teaching the new arrival to swim and helping the others to improve their English.

And no English TV. Bliss.
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