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Egypt welcomes tourists following legislation u-turn

Egypt welcomes tourists following legislation u-turn

In its latest move to welcome tourists, Egypt has decided to axe a proposed regulation that would require tourists to obtain visas prior to travelling.

The popular tourist destination, which will play host to the prestigious World Travel Awards, (WTA) annual Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony on September 16th, has made a u-turn on the proposal announced on Friday and has promised that visitors will continue to be granted visas on arrival.

According to reports, Tourism Minister Munir Fakhri Abdel Nur has said the proposal would be cancelled as it could have ‘a serious negative consequences on tourism to Egypt.’

At present, entry is seamless process as tourists and visitors to Egypt with a valid passport can obtain an entry visa at any of the major airports or ports of entry.

Egypt is world famous for its history, scenery, diving and culture and as a result millions of tourists visit Egypt every year.


Later this month, Egypt will celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27th, with a number of activities being showcased under the theme ‘Tourism –
Linking Cultures’.

The WTA awards programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights how African and Indian Ocean destinations are experiencing a growth in tourism arrivals despite the on-going challenges of key source markets.