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Egypt Reopening Borders For Tourism July 1

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Egypt has announced it will reopen its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on July 1st.

temple in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt

The cabinet has indicated international flights will be allowed to enter the country from July 1, while foreign tourists will be permitted at the resorts least affected by Covid-19.

*This article was originally published June 27, 2020 and a newer version for up to date entry requirements can be found HERE

What are the Entry Requirements for tourists entering Egypt? 

As of September 1st, 2020, travelers from ALL countries traveling to ANY part of Egypt must have proof of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 performed no more than 72 hours before arriving. 

Test results must be presented in paper format only. Digital copies will not be accepted. Results also must be in English or Arabic

Flights Resuming to Egypt 

EgyptAir announced they will resume flights starting July 1st from the following destinations. (Please note: Just because a flight path has resumed does not mean tourists from those countries are granted access. Updated to follow)

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Addis Ababa
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Baghdad
  • Beirut
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Budapest
  • Copenhagen
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Dubai
  • Erbil
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Guangzhou
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Sharjah
  • Toronto
  • Vienna
  • Washington
Camel beside pyramid in egypt

What's Reopening in Egypt

Starting June 27th, the Prime Minister of Egypt announced further reopening and easing of restrictions across the country. 

Egypt Independant produced a list of updates that include:

  • Restaurants and cafes at 25% capacity
  • Hotels at 50% capacity
  • Shops and malls open until 9pm
  • Public transport from 9am to 12 midnight
  • Sports centers at 25% capacity
  • Cultural facilities and cinemas at 25% capacity
Tourist in front of pyramid in egypt
“We have to prepare,” cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said during a televised interview last month.
“A number of global carriers have expressed willingness to resume flights to Egypt in July, and as a result we are considering a gradual resumption of international flights beginning towards the end of this month and in the first half of July.”
The government suspended passenger flights back in March, while all hotels, restaurants and cafes were closed and a night curfew imposed.
These measures are currently being relaxed, with hotels that meet certain requirements, such as having a clinic with a resident doctor on site, being granted permission to reopen for domestic visitors at a reduced capacity.
cairo egypt street with pryamid in background (1)

Resort beaches will also be reopened for tourists in July but public beaches are stil under consideration, State Information Minister Osama Heikal explained during a televised briefing.

Tourism brings in around $1 billion in revenue for Egypt each month, so the impact of the border closures caused by the pandemic has been significant.

The pandemic has shut down Egypt’s tourist sector, which the government says accounts for 5% of GDP. Analysts say the figure may be as high as 15% if indirect jobs and spending and investment are included.

egypt pyramids (1)

Disclaimer: Egypt's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling. 

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