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Health Ministry announces new measures regarding travelers to Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Health has adopted new anti-coronavirus measures that will affect passengers coming to Egypt at various airports, crossings and marine ports.

The new measures were distributed in a letter to the various directorates in the governorates and quarantine offices.

The letter was issued by Alaa Eid, head of the Preventive Medicine Sector, and was labeled as “immediate and very important.”

Al-Masry Al-Youm obtained a copy of the letter on Wednesday. It includes new procedures regarding PCR tests and vaccination certificates.

According to the letter, passengers arriving from countries with the Delta variant, such as India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Greece, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Latin America, directly and indirectly, must present a negative PCR test or vaccine certificate upon arrival.

The certificate in the passenger’s possession should be without abrasion, deletion, or addition and contain a QR code in order to be accepted.

Passengers from these countries will  undergo a secondary test upon arrival. If the passenger tests positive, they will be transferred to a fever hospital.

For passengers arriving with vaccination certificates from countries not affected by the mutated strains, the PCR test and/or vaccination certificate will be reviewed and accepted if it does not contain abrasion, deletion or addition. It should contain a QR code.

Only vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Drug Authority are accepted, provided that 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Sinopharma, Sinovac and Sputnik, and Johnson & Johnson are all accepted.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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