Last Updated: September 10, 2020
Last June, Egypt announced that it would gradually reopen its borders to tourists beginning on July 1st. The country had made concerted efforts to revive the country’s tourism economy and implement precautionary measures and controls for the safety of its visitors.
The southern Sinai areas are the first to open up, which is where some of the country’s most popular seaside resorts are located. These include Red Sea resorts in Hurghada as well as the Sharm El-Sheikh and Marsa Matrouh, which are overlooking the Mediterranean.
In a bid to invite more tourists to visit, the country’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities has decided to cut down the entrance fees for all the museums and archeological sites. The Civil Aviation Ministry has also allocated a 50% discount on airport taxes and a 20% discount on airport ground services.
September 10 update: Authorities to resume direct flights between Cairo and Moscow on Sept. 17. All travelers should complete a monitoring card and provide proof of health insurance upon arrival. In addition, travelers should present a negative PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours.
What Are the Entry Requirements for Tourists Visiting Egypt?
It’s not yet known if any nationalities are banned from entering Egypt. However, the following entry requirements have been put in place:
- Visitors from countries that have high rates of Covid-19 infections must undergo a Covid-19 test before flying into Egypt.
- All passengers arriving by air, including Egyptian citizens and residents, should undergo temperature checks.
- Visitors must fill out a Public Health Card upon entry.
- Travelers must present a valid health insurance policy.
Latest Update – Starting September 1, all travelers must present negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results upon arrival to the country.
Which Parts of Egypt Can You Travel to?
Egypt has announced that it will only open certain resort areas to tourists. The areas that have opened on July 1 include the Red Sea Province, Southern Sinai, and the resorts of Marsa Matrouh at the Mediterranean coast.
The resorts that have opened for tourists are:
- Sharm el-Sheikh
- Marsa Alam
- Marsa Matrouh
What’s Opening in Egypt?
Egypt’s Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions have been relaxed since June. Several businesses and public spaces have already reopened. However, there’s a limit on the number of people who can visit certain premises. Restaurants and cafes are accepting dine-in customers at 25% capacity only while hotels are only operating at 50% capacity.
It is thought that Egypt’s famous archaeological sites, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings will reopen at a later time. The country continues to de-escalate measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 and attract more tourists into the country.
Tourists visiting Egypt must be aware that the rules and restrictions could change at short notice. Therefore, it’s important to stay up to date with the local news and media and follow the government’s travel advice.