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Changes to tourism visa regulations suspended: Egyptian ministry of tourism

The Egyptian government reverses a decision that would have required tourists to get their visas ahead of time instead of buying them upon arrival at the airport, as has been the case for years

Ahram Online, Sunday 11 Sep 2011
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Egypt will suspend the decision requiring tourists to get visas in advance, says the ministry of tourism.

The Assistant Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zazou announced that the Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has agreed with the Council of Ministers to suspend the decision. Zazou added that tourism companies and offices were already notified of the suspension of the decision.

Last Thursday the cabinet had announced that it was going to change the visa regulations and visitors could no longer get their visa upon arrival in Egypt. Previously, tourists from Europe, the US and other select countries could simply purchase a one-month visa at the airport upon arrival, which helped promote tourism in the country.

Instead, the Egyptian ministries would have required tourists to apply for a visa in advance from Egyptian embassies abroad.

The decision was met by public outcry and accusations that it will be a big blow to Egypt’s already fragile tourism industry, which has seen a 30 per cent decrease in business, agree most travel sector workers.

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Amira
26-03-2015 09:54am
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Fair enough
It is a very fair decision. Does anyone know how much trouble and time and money Egyptians have to go through to get a visa to Europe or America or anywhere in the world ? So why not have them taste their own medicin ? If they say this is to protect our countries ok , then it is fair enough that we also do the same . Egypt is also a great country and not less than any other country .
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sandro garavelli
20-03-2015 09:15am
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what about Italians already living in Egypt with 1 year tourist visa?
refering to comments title. I'm 72 years old and living in Egypt since 2 years, what is going to happens to me? How can I renew my tourist Visa?
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Assad
18-03-2015 07:24pm
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Idiots
HOW STUPID! Are they just that bored that they have to make up stupid laws for no reason. It's only going to hurt the economy worse
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sandro garavelli
18-03-2015 04:30pm
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"suspend the decision that VISA must be obtained in advance"
Please, I would like to know if the decision to obtain tourist visa before travelling at an Egyptian Embassy abroad, has been suspended. Thanks, best regards.
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Steve Davies
18-03-2015 03:37pm
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What's wrong with current system?
I holiday in Egypt 2 or 3 times a year and get a VISA on arrival. If I now have to add the expense of secure mail and risk of sending my and my Wife's passport to the Egyptian Embassy and hoping it comes back in time (and remembering to send it in the first place!) or the expense of traveling to Egyptian Embassy here to get a visa I may well spend the extra money elsewhere and save myself a lot hassle into the bargain
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stella xydia
18-03-2015 03:19pm
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NO VISA AT ALL
NO NEED FOR VISAS! THIS SHOULD BE A FREE COUNTRY.PASSPORTS ARE ENOUGH AND IT SHOULD BE MADE EASY FOR VISITORS. I AM A GREEK WHO LIVED IN EGYPT FOR 18 YEARS, MY FATHER WAS BORN THERE AND I LOVE THIS COUNTRY MY SECOND MOTHERLAND. ANYWAY VISAS ARE A SETBACK. Stella
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Monique Penne
17-03-2015 10:34pm
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For the love of Egypt....
It could not have stopped me to come to Egypt anyway....just something a litle bit boring....but for the security of this country i like, i would have done it without complaining. The only problem would have been it was not possible anymore to take a flight ticket for departure 3 days later....which i already did.
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Jacjk Kalpakian
15-09-2011 02:40pm
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Choices
Egypt is a sovereign country, it is free to choose. I am also autonomous concerning where I spend my money; if a country requires me to submit to whim of its diplomats outside, I am less likely to visit it. Pride and other factors are great rhetoric and cannot feed families. Where does Egypt's food come from?
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Jaro
15-09-2011 09:36am
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@Sukar
Your Dignity and Pride must come from succces of yours land economy and democracy. Not from to make problems to get Visa to travel to your "Paradise" The tourist can visit any land of the world and believe me, Egypt will be by many missed when they make this step with Visa. I see that u have not traveled till now so lot, but in the World is lot of nice places, clean :), where is the people more nice to tourists..
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Gary Lyon
14-09-2011 07:25pm
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Visas
It does not help the government's cedibility to flip-flop on this decision. It suggests that adequate prior consultation did not take place. Having said that, I think visa procedures should generally reflect reciprocal requirements i.e. if the US requires a pre-travel visa for Egyptian nationals then the reverse should also be the case.
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