Egypt Independent

Obligatory visa for foreigners suspended



After numerous meetings with concerned agencies and tour operators, the Egyptian authorities has now decided to suspend the obligatory visa for individual tourists at entry ports until the e-visa system is installed.
 
“It was a wise decision in favor of tourism and foreign cash reserves,” said Elhamy al-Zayat, chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation.
 
“It avoided some US$4 billion in losses,” said Hossam al-Shaer, member of the Federation of Chambers of Tourism, adding that the concerned authorities should devise a proper e-visa system in order to avoid negative repercussions in the future.
 
Mustafa Sultan, chairman of the e-tourism department, praised the decision. “We now need a working group to handle the technical part of the e-visa system so as to protect the tourists from fraud websites,” he said.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
 

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