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Egypt requiring tourists to get visas in advance
Egypt's Cabinet says it's changing its visa regulations meaning visitors will no longer be able to get a visa upon arrival, the decision, however, does not apply to tourists traveling in groups
AP, Thursday 8 Sep 2011
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 Egypt's Cabinet says it's changing its visa regulations, meaning visitors looking to catch a glimpse of the pyramids will no longer be able to get a visa upon arrival.

The new measures mean they will need to apply for a visa in advance from an Egyptian embassy abroad.

The decision by the Cabinet does not apply to tourists traveling in groups.

Cabinet spokesman Mohamad Hegazy told The Associated Press that the new rules will affect nationals from the United States, Europe, Australia, Gulf countries, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Hegazy said Thursday the regulations may start next week, but did not specify a date.

Egypt's economy relies heavily on tourism. No reason was given for the decision, but officials have curbed foreign entry after this year's uprising. 



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guru
07-11-2012 04:55pm
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if visa on arrival is still in prictice it is good for the economy of the country as if one stay for a short period say 3/4 days he will spend 300 to 400 Us $ for hotel stay,taxi.tour expences food Light & sound show etc.etc
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Brenda
15-09-2011 06:59pm
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New passport and Egypt
I have been told that I have to have held my passport for 6 months before I can go to egypt is this true?
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Halim
13-09-2011 03:21pm
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New Rules
I believe that the information in completely wrong. It cannot be true... Even with the revolution happening, cannot be true, it has no meaning to be true Alahram has to check the accuracy of this information as it disturbed the tourism sector badly...
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@Thia
11-09-2011 08:54pm
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No way
Thia, no offense but you can't compare Jamaica, to Egypt a country that has one third of the world monuments and some of the world's most beautiful beaches and one of the best diving spots. Jamaica? Dream on baby!
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@Thia
11-09-2011 08:54pm
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Thia, no offense but you can't compare Jamaica, to Egypt a country that has one third of the world monuments and some of the world's most beautiful beaches and one of the best diving spots. Jamaica? Dream on baby!
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honestly
10-09-2011 11:33pm
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it looks very much to me if i am reading carefully that egypt are not trying to stop package tours more the individual traveller who tends to come here and fall in love with young egyptian men or the first man who looks twice at them, these types of traveller do not use tourism services anyway and make there own way about without the use of hotels with new husband, perhaps egypt has realised that these older women should not be given free passage in egypt!
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Doreen
10-09-2011 05:11pm
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I am horrified at the proposed restrictions on buying visas at airports on arrival in Egypt. How much thought has gone into the new proposed arrangements. None by the looks of it. Embassys are not geared to it, travel companies know nothing about it and neither do the Airlines. It is extremely naive to state that it will 'greatly affect the political relations around the world'. It won't affect them one iota. It will however affect where millions like me spend their money. I wonder if the 80% of Luxor's population will 'salute and respect' the loss of tourism and therefore their jobs. If this was being phased in responsibly by an ELECTED regime there would be no problem. But if I were Egyptian I would be very worried about the actions being taken by an unelected, military regime before an election which has already been delayed.
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Halah
10-09-2011 04:34pm
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Visa issue
Egypt is going to lose more money even coz the tour agencies will charge tourists for issuing visas so it means trips gonna be more expensive and even group tourists will dicrease in number.This is a very risky step Egyptian government is taking.....feel pity for ppl who live from tourism
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Halah
10-09-2011 03:23pm
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Egypt is going to lose more money even coz the tour agencies will charge tourists for issuing visas so it means trips gonna be more expensive and even group tourists will dicrease in number.This is a very risky step Egyptian government is taking.....feel pity for ppl who live from tourism
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Christian
10-09-2011 11:41am
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Nonsense visa
I can not believe what I am reading! So instead to make easy for foreigners to come to egypt and push the tourism, now they make it even more difficult! Obviously, there is a lack of brains, inteligence or common sense in egypt's goverment! Great, I have a company thad directly and indirectly employs hundreds of egyptians, but looking at how things are moving ahead, I am now deifnetly considering moving it back to another country! What a bunch of losers! I rather have a dictator with brains than a bunch of monkeys running the country!
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