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Egypt to raise tourist visa fee by $5
The cost of tourist entry to Egypt will increase starting 1 May 2014
Dalia Farouk, Wednesday 23 Apr 2014
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Visa fees for tourists coming to Egypt will increase starting May to reach $20 instead of $15.

According to Hesham Zazou, tourism minister, the increase is slight and is not expected to affect the flow of tourists to the country. 

The decision to increase the cost of a tourist visa to Egypt was previously postponed several times. The decision was initially meant to be implemented in November 2013. It was then postponed to February 2014, and finally to 1 May. 

According to the tourism ministry, Egypt’s visa is still amongst the cheapest worldwide.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in the first two months of 2014 dropped 28 percent to 1.3 million in comparison to January and February 2013.

As the security situation in South Sinai has deteriorated under a growing militant insurgency, Germany issued a warning against travel to the peninsula.

Egypt’s revenues from tourism, a key source of foreign currency, dropped drastically after the 2011 revolution amid subsequent political instability and violence.





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Nancy Wassef
03-05-2014 03:40pm
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Correction - increase by $10
As a travel agency we have received an official statement from the Egyptian Travel Agents Association about increasing the visa entrance fee to be $25 ( Twenty Five American Dollars ) instead of $15 starting May 01st.
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Werner Gessner
24-04-2014 07:35pm
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is it the right time ?
my only question and hope the money is supporting the welfare, children schooling Projects to further the education of the People...
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Key
24-04-2014 02:48pm
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Raising Fees not the Issue
Raising fees or timing for raising fees is not the issue however what is done with that money should benefit the country and it's people and not in some Minister's bank account offshore.
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Hesham Tawfik
24-04-2014 12:43am
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Where
Where will the money go?
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Tarik Toulan
24-04-2014 12:30am
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Wrong timing
Egyptian tourism industry has been suffering very badly over the past three years, with the problem reaching its peak particularly since the ouster of Mohammed Morsy, followed by the eruption of an unprecedented wave of terrorist violence, which has not subsided till this moment. Therefore, I think the timing of this tourist visa increase is quite wrong.
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