Compulsory negative COVID-19 test result for some foreign travellers to Egypt starts 15 August: Ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Aug 2020

Foreign tourists have been allowed entry into three coastal governorates only since flights reopened last month, and they will not need to show a PCR certificate

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File Photo: Cairo International Airport (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt will require some foreign travellers to show a negative PCR test result for the coronavirus on arrival starting from 15 August, a statement by the civil aviation ministry read on Friday.

The negative PCR test result will have to be dated within 72 hours of travel, the ministry said.

The requirement does not apply to foreign and Arab tourists arriving through direct flights and transit flights at the airports of South Sinai’s Sharm El-Sheikh and Taba, Red Sea’s Hurghada and Marsa Alam, and at the governorate of Matrouh.

Egyptian travellers are also exempt from the need to show a test.

Egypt began a gradual resumption of regular international flights starting July 1, having shut its airspace in March in the wake of the pandemic.

Foreign tourists are currently allowed entry only into the three coastal Egyptian governorates with the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country – South Sinai, Red Sea, and Matrouh.

The country’s tourism sector is an essential source of foreign currency.


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