Egypt has been affected by the Coronavirus since its onset in February 2020. It has seen a total of 169,640 cases and 9,651 deaths as of today, the 8th of February. Recent numbers have shown a second spike that appeared to peak over New Year. Egypt recently introduced rigid laws to enforce wearing masks and control venue capacity and opening hours of shops to ensure public safety. Egypt has also recently received vaccinations now available at designated clinics across the country.
CNN recently published a guide to those planning a trip to Egypt. Whether as a visitor or citizen, here’s what to expect and need to know during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Egypt allowed the continuation of international flights last July, all passengers must show proof of a negative PCR test as well as valid health insurance, with the exception of three specific coastal resorts.
What can you access?
All travellers can now enter Egypt, and there’s plenty on offer in terms of tourism. From the Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, and Dahshoor to Red Sea diving resorts, the best hiking trails across the desert, and all the hotels, private beaches, pubs, and restaurants and cafeterias in between!
What are the restrictions?
Beginning of the 1st of September, all arrivals to Egypt, including its citizens, have had to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Arrivals from Japan, China, Thailand, North & South America, Canada, London, Paris and Frankfurt can provide PCR tests taken within 96 hours of departure. Certificates must be written in English or Arabic with a stamp by an accredited laboratory. All travellers must complete a personal monitoring card provided to them, along with proof of health insurance upon arrival.
What are the necessary steps?
However, those arriving in the coastal governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, and Marsa Matrouh can take a PCR test on arrival and isolate while awaiting results at the cost of $30. Those found to be positive will need to isolate for a further 14 days in a dedicated area of their hotel.
Masks are now mandatory in Egypt and must be worn on all public transit and taxis, as well as enclosed public spaces, retail stores, and government buildings. Restrictions on public gatherings are also in effect. Hotels, restaurants, pubs, and cafeterias have cut capacity and bought in new hygiene measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Most countries need an e-visa to visit Egypt that are available here.