In the middle of the pandemic, Egypt witnesses a record rise in tourist arrival

Published on : Thursday, October 8, 2020

In Egypt, roughly 300,000 tourists have arrived since tourism has been reopened in the country in July, national daily Egypt Today has reported, putting forth government data.

“When they ask me, ‘What is the proof that your country is safe for tourists?’ I say that all 300,000 tourists returned their safely, without any infections of COVID-19,” Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled El-Anani. The minister has additionally mentioned that Egypt’s daily tourism rate until the end of August was somewhere around 6,000, even though he admitted “we did not anticipate this tourist influx” amid the global crisis.

“We admit that since we have made the PCR test a compulsory term for travelers to be allowed into Egypt, the numbers decreased by 60 percent, from 6,600 to 2,400 per day. However, shortly after, the numbers returned to normal again, as we almost exceeded 3,000 tourists a day last week,” El-Anani stated.

In March, all international flights were suspended when the outbreak of the virus was officially declared as a pandemic. Since that time, Egypt has only been operating repatriation flights.

However in July, international traveling for tourism started gradually.
Airports all over Egypt have been introducing and maintaining strict precautionary measures to make sure the safety of travelers, particularly as the country sees a increase in the number of tourists pouring in.

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