Flying to Egypt through Moscow

Holidaying to Egypt may face obstacles

From May 15th, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to toughen its visa regime for tourists, requiring individual travellers from Europe and the USA to apply for visas prior to arrival at the airport.

Belarusians will also need to comply with the new rule, applying in advance to the Egyptian Embassy in Moscow. Tourist groups will avoid this inconvenience, being able to arrive at Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh without difficulty when part of an organised tour, with hotel reservations.

Badr Abdel Atti, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, explains that state security issues inspire the move, although the new regime may be revoked if it proves disadvantageous to tourism. Rules of entrance to Egypt were last toughened after the events of September 11th, 2001, but endured only three days.
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