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Will Egypt’s decision to impose visa fees on GCC countries affect tourism revival?

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30.06.2020

Jun 30, 2020

CAIRO — The Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced its decision to collect entry visa fees to Egyptian territories from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens, specifically from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

The decision, which was published in the official gazette on June 17, did not specify the value of the fee yet. Egypt has been collecting a $25 fee since 2019 from visitors who are not visa-exempt for a single entry visa, and $60 for a multiple entry visa.

The official gazette also published June 17 another decision from the Ministry of Interior to exempt tourists coming to Egypt on charter flights to touristic governorates from visa fees until Oct. 31, 2020, the end of the summer tourist season.

Hamdi al-Chami, former........

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