Tourism ministry suspends tours in Egypt for 48 hours due to bad weather

Zeinab El-Gundy , Friday 25 Oct 2019

Tour guides and travel agencies will be forbidden from carrying out touristic activities this weekend as Egypt braces for a major storm

Tourists take pictures at the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's tourism ministry has ordered all tourism companies and travel agents to suspend tours or group tourism activities on Friday and Saturday due to the stormy weather conditions the country is experiencing.

The suspension is “for the safety of tourists, tour guides and drivers,” and includes “marine activities like diving” read the statement, which said legal penalties would be pursued against companies that violated the directive.

Egypt has been experiencing heavy rain and stormy conditions since Tuesday, with the bad weather claiming 16 lives nationwide in that period.

More bad weather is expected on Friday and Saturday, with a new storm coming in from the Mediterranean.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said the country, and especially Alexandria and the North Coast, can expect thunderstorms and heavy rainfall this weekend.

Schools have been cancelled in Alexandria and residents warned by authorities not to travel unless essential.    


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