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As Tourism Reignites, Egypt Scraps Visa Fees Until October 2020 for Three Governorates

June 21, 2020
Sharm El Sheikh Airport

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is scrapping tourist visa fees for the governorates of South Sinai, Marsa Matrouh and the Red Sea until October 31, in a gesture meant at encouraging tourists back to the country. The news was delivered by Khaled El Enani,  Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, who stated that the Ministry of Interior issued a new decision to remove the fees for all citizens visiting Egypt in only the three governorates mentioned above last week. El Enani conducted a visit to the governorates, to some of the hotels and their airports, deeming them more suitable for touristic activities than condensed and crowded cities, especially during the pandemic where transmission rates are high. “In terms of the decisions we’ve taken in the last couple of days: we decided on exempting foreign tourists from tourist visas until October 31,” he announced before adding “thus, no citizen from an Arab or foreign country would pay for a tourist visa, in the touristic governorates, until October 31.” Indeed, cases of COVID-19 have been reported highest in Egypt’s largest cities, namely Alexandria and Cairo. “We re-started touristic activities at the beginning…

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