Egypt set out the Covid safety measures it has implemented for global tourists at this week’s ITB Berlin event, including free hotel quarantine for guests who test positive for coronavirus.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ Regulations for the Resumption of Tourism to Egypt apply to all tourist facilities across the country, with hygiene safety certificates now a pre-requisite for hospitality establishments, archaeological sites, and museums to resume their operations and receive visitors.
Covid testing centres have been established at Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada airports to conduct PCR tests on arrival for tourists who do not possess a negative PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours, at a cost of US$30 or equivalent.
It also provides PCR and antigen tests for tourists on demand upon departure to their countries.
Hotels quarantine guests who test positive for Covid-19 in separate rooms, covering the costs of lodging, food and soft drinks until their departure.
Serious cases receive medication and treatment at hospitals free of charge from the Ministry of Health and Population “until full recovery”.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) granted Egypt its Safe Travel Stamp last June, which recognises destinations that have implemented health and hygiene protocols in line with WTTC’s Safe Travels protocols.
Egypt is closely collaborating with industry partners, such as tour operators and airlines, to incentivise holidaymakers.
As part of these measures, the country has reduced jet fuel prices by 15 US cents per gallon until the end of 2021.
Egyptian minister of tourism and antiquities Khaled El Enany said: “Egypt’s stepped-up efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been successful, as the recent continued growth in inbound tourism numbers testifies.
“We look forward to welcoming a steady stream of tourists from all countries.”