Egypt revamps visa requirements in bid to boost tourism

A new program offers visitors five-year, multiple-entry visas
Egypt revamps visa requirements in bid to boost tourism
Egypt tourism

At the beginning of this week, Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced the provision of a new five-year, multiple-entry visa for foreign visitors. This comes in light of recent efforts to boost tourism within the country.

The new visa scheme allows visitors a stay of up to 90 days per trip, with multiple entries, for a duration of five years, for a fee of 700$. For now, the remaining types of visas will remain unaffected.

Earlier this year, in March, the government announced its initial plans for the multiple-entry visa scheme and revealed an ease in requirements for visitors coming from China, Iran, India, Turkey, Morocco, and Algeria. Tourists hailing from China, India, and Turkey are now eligible to obtain a vise upon arrival. The Interior Ministry also announced a new visa entry system of Sudanese citizens wishing to flee from conflict. Egypt has welcomed around 200,000 Sudanese nationals onto its soil.

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Along with these announcements, EgyptAir together with the Ministry of Interior are offering transit passengers up to 96 hours of no-fee visit visas. The no-fee visa is available for transit passengers at the EgyptAir Transit office at Cairo International Airport.

In line with Egypt Vision 2030, talks are underway between Egypt and Greece to promote joint tourism programs. Earlier this month, Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, met with the Ambassador of Greece to Cairo, Nikolaos Garilidis to touch on collaborations between the two nations at the tourism and archaeological level.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the country is expecting around 15 million visitors this year, a 28 percent increase from the 11.7 million tourists that visited last year. They hope to have 30 million tourists visiting annually by 2028.

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