Changes to visa regulations suspended due to possible impact on tourism, says minister

Ahram Online, Sunday 11 Sep 2011

In an about face, the Ministry of Tourism is scrapping proposals adopted last week to require most tourists to gain visas in their home countries

The Egyptian minister of tourism has confirmed that the decision to make tourists apply for visas in advance has been suspended.

The minister, Mounir Abdel Nour, said that he told the Council of Ministers that the decision would have a very negative impact on the tourism in Egypt, which was suggested by the public outcry that came on the heels of the announcement.

Abdel Nour said that tourists to Egypt can now continue using the old system of buying their visas upon arriving at Egyptian airports.

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