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Egypt to Allow Tourism Businesses to Operate at 50% Capacity

Egypt will allow tourism businesses and cultural venues to operate at up to 50% of their total capacity from September 1, 2020. If you plan a travel to Egypt, this is for you.

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The new regulations mark the latest step in the country’s steady progress towards restoring its tourism sector.

The country’s museums and archaeological sites will open to domestic visitors and tourists from September 1, although tourist groups will be limited to 25 and total capacity to 100 per hour.
Pyramids and tombs will be limited to 10 to 15 visitors an hour, depending on its dimensions.
All museum touch points and floors, as well as at visitor centres at archaeological sites, will be disinfected daily before opening. Employees will undergo daily temperature screening, as will visitors on entry to museums and archaeological sites.

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As the United Nations released its landmark Policy Brief on COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism, with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining his Five Priorities for rebuilding the sector, UNWTO visited Egypt to help guide the implementation of these key recommendations. Led by the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, the delegation met with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dr. Khaled Al-Anani to learn of the steps taken to support tourism, including through the merging of the ministries of antiquities and tourism and the provision of grants and incentives to the sector. Mr Pololikashvili also met with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly to learn more of work being undertaken to boost consumer confidence and guarantee the safety of both tourism workers and tourists.

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The United Nations has made clear the importance of tourism for everything from employment to equality, making it an integral part of sustainable development

The high-level talks, which also featured an update on large-scale tourism projects currently underway, including the new Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, were complemented by visits to several of Egypt’s most popular tourist sites. This allowed the UNWTO delegation to see first-hand the enhanced safety and hygiene protocols put in place in response as the sector adjusts a new reality within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The safe restart of tourism is not only possible, it is essential. The United Nations has made clear the importance of tourism for everything from employment to equality, making it an integral part of sustainable development. Egypt, as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, has supported the sector with firm actions, including effective fiscal and economic policies. It is now ready to welcome tourists back to its many sites of interest, all the while putting people and their wellbeing first.”


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