27 countries ease or lift travel warnings on Egypt since September

Dalia Farouk, Ahram Online, Sunday 15 Dec 2013

Following Germany's step in late September to lift its travel warning on Egypt, more than two dozen countries have since followed suit, bringing hope that Egypt's tourism sector will again flourish

Khan El-Khalili Bazaar in old Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Twenty-seven countries worldwide have eased or lifted travel warnings on Egypt in the past three months, Rasha El-Azazi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism, told Ahram Online Sunday.

In late September, Germany was the first country to ease travel warnings on Egypt. Other countries, including Japan and Holland, have followed suit since then.

Some countries, including France, the United States and the United Kingdom, have completely lifted their travel bans on Egypt.

Tourism in Egypt was badly hit as unrest followed the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July. Later, as pro-Morsi sit-ins were violently dispersed, an increasing number of countries issued travel warnings to their citizens, deeming Egypt unsafe.

The warnings recommended that citizens avoid all travel to Egypt and provided evacuation plans for country nationals already in Egypt who wished to leave.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said in October that Egypt aims to attract 13.5 million visitors next year, bringing in around $11 billion in revenues. The country has launched an international campaign to lure back tourists deterred by political turmoil.

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