Egypt's new entry requirements may see rising cost for some holidaymakers

EGYPT is welcoming back foreign tourists however new entry requirements mean visitors must meet specific regulations in order to enter. Can Britons holiday in the country yet?

PUBLISHED: 16:37, Mon, Aug 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:37, Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Though the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all nonessential travel to Egypt, the nation is welcoming back tourists from a number of countries. However, visitors must meet a specific set of entry requirements.

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Similar to those already in place in Cyprus, international travellers will be subject to health measures.

Furthermore, from August 15, visitors will be required to present a negative coronavirus test which matches the specifications set out by the Egyptian government.

A statement from the Egyptian cabinet confirmed the new rules.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly added that the regulations apply to both locals and tourists, arriving by sea, land or air.

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egypt entry requirements tourismEgypt holidays: Egypt has announced new entry requirements for tourists (Image: Getty Images)

Egypt holidays to sharm el sheikhEgypt holidays: Visitors to holiday resorts will be exempt from requirements (Image: Getty Images)

However, in a bid to stimulate tourism, the rules will not be necessary for Britons who are flying directly into holiday resorts such as Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, and Hurghada.

The move comes as the holiday hotspot attempts to salvage some of its tourism which plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Furthermore, the nation continues to waive its tourist visas until October 31.

With a number of hotels and attractions now reopening their doors across the nation, the FCO has updated its travel advice for Britons, though continues to remind of the current travel advisory notice in place.

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