250K Tourists Visited Egypt Amid Pandemic With 0 Cases

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

Egypt’s tourism minister Khaled al-Anany claims that of the 250,000 tourists that visited the area from 15 different countries during the COVID-19 pandemic there were none that were infected.

Soha Bahgat, advisor to Tourism and Antiquities minister Khaled al-Anany, added that the government succeeded in supporting the flagging tourism sector amid the crisis.

The minister announced that over 200,000 German tourists had visited the regions of South Sinai and the Red Sea and safely returned home without any virus symptoms.

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Al-Anany said that all visitors had a PCR test on arrival, alongside another test for tourists returning from South Sinai and the Red Sea.

To date, no COVID-19 cases have been reported within Egypt’s tourist governorates, according to the minister.

Al-Anany recently met with Miguel Bergerat, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office Director General of Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development, at the German Foreign Ministry’s headquarters.

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He also met with Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism Thomas Bareib before holding a press conference at the Egyptian Embassy on Sunday evening.

On 20th August, Egypt announced that every passenger on board flights to the country, regardless of nationality, would undergo a PCR test starting this month.

As of 1st September, all local and foreign passengers must provide a PCR document proving they tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of entering Egypt.

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The North African country suspended flights and tourism in March as part of measures to combat the spread of the virus. Traffic in all Egyptian airports resumed on 1st July.

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