Egypt has repatriated around 77,000 of its citizens from abroad since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar said on Monday.
In statements made during the inauguration of a number of national projects, including two new airports, Manar said that Egypt has operated 415 special flights since the start of the pandemic to bring stranded citizens home.
The minister highlighted the preventative measures implemented by the ministry ahead of the scheduled gradual resumption of flights starting 1 July, including the installation of thermal cameras at all airports nationwide.
Egypt will gradually resume regular international flights at all its airports starting 1 July, with foreign tourists allowed to enter only three coastal governorates as part of tour groups.
Egypt is also implementing a number of safety measures, including requiring travelers from countries with high rates of coronavirus infections to submit PCR test results before traveling to prove they are coronavirus-free.
Egypt hopes the resumption of regular flights will boost its ailing tourism sector, an essential source of foreign currency.