Egypt demands negative Covid 19 test at airports

Egypt has passed a law requiring all passengers passing through the country to submit a negative Covid 19 test. This novelty applies from September 1, 2020.

The PCR test requirement covers not only tourists but also Egyptian citizens. The Covid 19 test must be done no later than 72 hours before the flight date (48 hours were mandatory prior to this decision), according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the local daily Al-Ahram Online reported.

The report also states that Covid 19 tests are not mandatory for children under 6, regardless of nationality.

Authorities in Cairo have asked all travelers entering Egypt to report negative results for Covid 19. This decision follows an increase in the number of new coronavirus infections nationwide. Also, foreign visitors are now only allowed to enter the three coastal governments: South Sinai, the Red Sea and Matrouh.

In Egypt, international flights have gradually resumed since July, after being suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To try and improve the passenger experience as much as possible, 4 airports in Egypt offer the possibility of testing Covid 19 directly at the airport, for a fee of $ 30.

From the resumption of flights until today, over 126 thousand tourists have visited Egypt. Therefore, if you have scheduled a vacation in Egypt, you should consider taking the Covid 19 test before the scheduled flight date.