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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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