The flights will resume “between Egypt and the countries that reopened their airspaces “said Mohamed Manar, the minister of Aviation during a press conference Sunday in Cairo.
“We want the business to resume “said Mr. Manar.
If the international flights to resume to Egypt, only three governorates, known for their resorts, will be allowed to accommodate the tourists : red Sea, South Sinai (is) and Marsa Matrouh (north).
“We chose these three governorates, as they are coastal, away from major urban centres and have registered the lowest numbers of infections from the virus “explained the minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enani, during the same press conference.
To encourage foreign tourists to come, the government has also decided “the removal of tourist visa between 1 July and 31 October “added M. Enani.
43 000 cases, 1500 deaths
The re-opening of the other shrines of the egyptian tourism as the pyramids of Gizathe Cairo museum, or the temple of Philae will be “gradually “, he said, without giving further details.
“We are not in a hurry. We would like to preserve the health of all, and our reputation as a tourism market “, he added.
To accommodate the tourists, 232 hotels have been granted to reopen, after having put in place sanitary measures strict such that the spacing of the tables of the restaurant or even the use of lifts at 50% of their capacity.
Violators will have their permission, warned the minister.
Since the month of march, the authorities have taken measures to contain the spread of the virus, including the suspension of air traffic, closing schools, religious sites and tourist attractions.
Egypt, a country of 100 million inhabitants, has registered approximately 43 000 cases of Covid-19, including nearly 1 500 people dead, according to official figures.
Since the end of may, the authorities report more than 1 000 new infections daily, and the trade union of doctors has warned “possible total collapse of the health system “.