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EGYPT has introduced new travel restrictions for anyone entering the country, with tourists forced to have a negative coronavirus test to be allowed to enter. The North African country’s new rules are similar to Cyprus, with both countries requiring a Covid-19 test up to 72 hours before travelling.

A statement by the Egyptian cabinet on Friday announced the new rules, with the PCR test needing to be dated within three days of arrival. Egypt, which has seen tourism numbers plummet due to the pandemic, recently reopened many of its attractions.

The country which currently has more than 41,000 active cases of coronavirus, resumed international flights from July 1. Tourist hotspots including Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada are welcoming British tourists themselves, although they are yet to arrive in the usual summer season numbers due to the travel restrictions.

A statement by the Egyptian cabinet on Friday announced the new rules, with the PCR test needing to be dated within three days of arrival. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly confirmed the decision does apply to both locals and tourists, if they arrive by sea, land or air.

 

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