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Egypt relaxes visa conditions for 8 countries
Visa conditions lifted for eight countries in move designed to boost tourist numbers hit by instability since January 25 Revolution
Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 May 2012
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Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri has approved a move to lift visa conditions on tourists from the Arab Maghreb Union (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco), the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported Tuesday.

Visa exemptions will extend to China, India and Azerbaijan, he added, as well as formalise the current status of Turkish and Jordanian visitors, who can already arrive without geting a visa in advance.

The move means tourists from the relevant countries can obtain a visa on arrival and need not apply at Egyptian embassies in their home countries.

"The decision will be in effect in the coming few days," Hesham Zaazou, assistant to the Egyptian tourism minister told Ahram Online.

Tourist numbers reached 4 million during the first four months of 2012, Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour said Monday. The total number of Middle Eastern tourists visiting Egypt during 2010/11 reached 1.6 million. 

“We are planning to attract 41 million tourists in the fiscal year 2011/12,” he added.

Tourism accounted for more than a tenth of Egypt's gross domestic product (GDP) before the January 2011 uprising, and employs an estimated one in eight workers in the country.

 

CORRECTION: This article was edited on 30 May to clarify the status for tourists from Turkey and Jordan. They can already obtain visas on arrival but tourism officials say the process will now become part of an official agreement



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meziani
12-02-2013 04:37pm
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voyage
visite touristique au caire du :21/02/2013 au :25/02/2013
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Bhaskar Sengupta
06-08-2012 03:41pm
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On Arrival Visa for Indians.
In the above news of May, it was told, it would be effective in coming few days. Will anyone confirm if for Indian, on-arrival visa is started?
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Bassem
05-06-2012 01:35pm
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Excellent !!
it's a good step :) Guys don't be pessimistic ,it will be easy for us to travel and they are too keep going Egypt , Allah with us
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Bent Eslov
30-05-2012 06:02am
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What does it offer anymore?
Since the Revolution Egypt has been and is still unstable, the Police are lazy corrupt will not do anything unless money is paid under the table. Tourists have no protection if anything goes wrong. The main City for the Sites Luxor is in a dreadful state, its lokks like an upturned Litter Bin built on The waste from Donkeys and horses and smells vile in the hot Summers. The visitor Sites are great but marred by the fact the Aurthorities have installed Sooks at most of them and as a Tourist you will be guided through them, you get pushed about, and intimidated by the locals trying to sell you inferior goods at hyper inflated prices. Dual Pricing is rife, many of the local business's have not wised up to the fact Tourists now carry translation books with them, these dual pricers are easy to find look at the signs, read the Arabic and then read the English, you will see the difference, and beware of the fact they might not have change, this is a ploy to make you say ok its only 10le, but
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expat
30-05-2012 06:00am
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turned the numbers?
41 millions?????or more realistic 14?
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Mohamed ElGohary
29-05-2012 08:20pm
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http://ircpresident.com
Jordan is already in the no visa required list, how are they going to be in the Visa Exemptions list?
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LJM
30-05-2012 04:20pm
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It doesn't have to make sense
Welcome in Egypt!
LJM
30-05-2012 04:18pm
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It doesn't have to make sense
Welcome in Egypt!

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