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Egypt Is Cutting the Cost of Tourist Visas and Heritage Sites to Attract Summer Visitors

by Eben Diskin May 28, 2020

Every day seems to bring news of countries finding creative ways to welcome back tourists this summer season. While Sicily is ready to pay for half your flight and Japan will cover some of your domestic travel expenses, Egypt just announced that it will be cutting the price of tourist visas and admission to heritage sites.

The price of tourist visas in June, July, and August will drop from $25 to $10, for arrivals through airports in Aswan and Luxor. The country has also significantly reduced the entry fees to all archaeological sites and museums, which have been closed since March 23. These attractions are among Egypt’s most popular, and now they’ll be accessible to visitors at a 50 percent discount.

On May 18, Egypt’s hotels opened at 25 percent capacity, and starting on June 1 they will be allowed to increase their capacity to 50 percent. Prior to reopening, all hotel properties underwent a health audit to ensure that they’re meeting hygiene criteria, which include requiring staff and guests to wear masks and gloves, allowing for contactless check-in and payment, providing temperature checks for guests, and offering luggage sterilization.

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