Bulgaria lifts travel ban on Egypt: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online, Wednesday 9 Oct 2013

Several countries worldwide ease up travel restrictions on Egypt as in-country security improves

File photo: Tourists are seen at the Temple of Hatshepsut, a day after a hot air balloon crash left 19 foreigners dead, in Luxor, February 27, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Bulgaria has lifted a travel ban on Egypt, issuing instructions for its citizens urging them to avoid only governorates under curfew, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

The ministry added that the Bulgarian decision came in the wake of efforts by Egyptian diplomatic figures to help boost faltering tourism.

Several countries advised their citizens against travelling to Egypt following mass protests against Muslim Brotherhood rule 30 June. Days later the military responded to protests by deposing president Mohamed Morsi.

Last week, 17 countries worldwide lifted travel warnings on Egypt, among which the UK, Germany, France, Norway and Holland, who deem that the security situation in Egypt has improved, tourism ministry spokesperson Rasha El-Azazi told Ahram Online.

"Russia and Italy's travel warnings on Egypt are expected to be lifted soon," El-Azazi added.

On Monday, Egypt’s tourism insiders voiced misgivings over the sector’s recovery after massive explosions targeted security headquarters in the southern Sinai town of Al-Tor leaving two dead and around 50 injured.

Egypt received around 7.25 million tourists in the first eight months of 2013, 0.5 percent lower than during the same period last year, said a recent tourism ministry report.

Most of the tourists came from Europe; according to state statistics body CAPMAS.

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