Egypt tourism oscillating between benefits of E-visa and higher charges

Published on : Monday, February 27, 2017

egypt  PyramidsEgypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar met with Telecommunication Minister Yasser Al-Qady and discussed steps to facilitate visa procedures for tourists. They discussed about the development of a new system that will allow issuance of electronic visas.

 

The step is expected to positively affect the tourism sector and the rate of incoming tourists to Egypt, as it will facilitate the procedures of obtaining the Egyptian visa.

 

With the order from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the implementation of the E-Visa system is expected be done fast. Once the e-visa system is approved, it will make the procedures for obtaining visas and smoothen the process undertaken in the airports easier.

 

Abdel-Ghaffar said the Interior Ministry is keen on implementing the new system and also upgrade the security technological systems it has. Al-Qady stressed the importance of the cooperation between the two ministries in order to achieve the highest quality possible of services for foreign nationals in Egypt.

 

Interestingly, the Pyramides, the Temples of Luxor or the beaches of Sharm-El-Sheikh got $35.00 more expensive but still remained as one of the biggest bargain in global travel and tourism.

 

The fees for entry visas have also been increased from $25 to $60 and will be implicated from March. Some in the tourism sector say the decision should have been announced several months beforehand, expressing fears that the move might affect the country’s efforts to revive tourism, a pillar of the economy and a key source of foreign currency.

 

 

Egypt’s vital tourism industry has been decimated after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

 

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