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Egypt reduces the price of tourist visa, and of entry ticket to archaeological sites, to welcome more and more foreigners in the country after the COVID-19 lockdown. By Tanvi Jain
Travelling to Egypt just got cheaper as the country, in order to revive its COVID-19-affected tourism industry, and encourage foreigners to visit the nation post lockdown, has reduced its tourist visa fare for June, July and August. Moreover, it has also reduced the entry price to archaeological sites and museums to half the original cost and waived rent for cafes and markets located in those areas.
Director of the Pyramids Archeological Zone Ashraf Mohieddin was recently quoted by the media saying that the archaeological pyramids’ area will be sanitised every day, and visitors will be permitted entry only after they get their temperature recorded. In fact, the number of visitors will also be reduced so as to maintain social distancing, and in case the closed ancient graves are reopened, even there only 25 per cent of the visitors will be allowed.
Earlier this month, the country had also allowed its hotels to open at 25 per cent capacity for one month and is now planning to increase it to 50 per cent from June. However, all the hotels are required to clear an audit test by meeting the new hygiene standards such as providing masks, gloves and personal protective equipment to both the staff as well as the guests, internally supervising laundry, pool, food, beverage, beaches and gym, promoting contactless check-in, use of disposable pens, sterilisation of the guests’ luggage and providing them hand sanitisers. The hotels are also required to have a resident health specialist at every property and need to halt valet services for the time being.
As per media reports, Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry has recently confirmed that around 70 hotels have already received health safety certificate to resume operations after successfully meeting the safety guidelines of both the Egypt Government as well as the WHO.
Furthermore, Egypt’s Minister for Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany, and his Spanish counterpart Maria Rice Maruto Lira, also recently discussed ways to enhance tourism cooperation between the two countries.