Negative coronavirus test needed to enter Egypt

Ruling will come into effect for most parts of Egypt from August 15

COVID-19, Egypt

The majority of tourists flying to Egypt will now need a negative PCR test at least 72 hours before travelling.

The country’s prime minister issued a statement saying the ruling will be enacted from August 15.

The statement said that those travelling to coastal areas such as Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam would not need to present a PCR test.

However, those trying to enter other Egyptian hubs from those coastal cities will be turned away, warned authorities.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), travel and tourism in Egypt grew by 16.5 percent in 2018 — significantly ahead of the global average of 3.9 percent.

In 2019 Egypt’s hospitality market achieved an overall occupancy equating to 69 percent vs 67 percent for the previous year, representing a YOY change of two percentage points.

However, 2020, has undone much of this growth, with the country’s tourism sector reportedly bleeding US$1bn per month due to the virus.

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