According to numerous Egyptian media outlets, all testing for COVID-19 – including rapid testing – at Cairo International Airport was abolished on the evening of Saturday June 6. Instead, health authorities will simply conduct temperature checks for all arrivals.
The decision, according to sources speaking to Egyptian media, was taken ‘as part of the country’s plan to resume normal air travel after its suspension since March as a result of the pandemic’. Sources also said the decision was taken as part of the plan to ensure ‘life continues alongside COVID-19’ and to avoid congestion at arrival halls across Egypt’s airports.
All overseas arrivals will still be required to self-isolate at home. Last week, Egypt’s government abolished all mandatory quarantine at government facilities.
The decision to remove testing at airports has stirred confusion and concern in the Egyptian public. Over the weekend, at least 105 Egyptians arriving from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at Marsa Alam tested positive for COVID-19.
The 105 cases were told to self-isolate at home as opposed to at a government facility or quarantine hospital.
At least 15,000 Egyptians have been repatriated from countries around the world since the start of the pandemic.
Egypt’s COVID-19 infection and death figures continue to climb, passing 30,000 infections on June 5.