That the world changed as Covid-19 appeared in the early months 2020. We have all seen lock-downs, travel restrictions and adjustments our daily life enforced by local governments.
TRAVELING & CORONA / COVID-19
DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST TO FLY TO EGYPT?
As a safety measure, all overseas visitors traveling to Egypt during the pandemic must present a printed negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The test must be based on a nasal or oral swab and the certificate issued by an approved laboratory. Certificates are accepted in Arabic or English.
The coronavirus test medical certificate has to be issued no more than 72 hours before the flight to Egypt.
However, when arriving from Japan, China, Thailand, South America, North America, Canada, London, Frankfurt and Paris, the test and certificate extends to 96 hours.
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from this entry requirement.
CORONAVIRUS TESTING ON ARRIVAL IN THE RED SEA GOVERNORATE
Passengers on direct flights to any of the airports listed below will be required to take a PCR test on arrival if they fail to obtain the medical certificate before departure:
- Hurghada (HRG)
- Marsa Alam (RMF)
- Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)
- Taba (TCP)
Travelers who have the test on arrival should stay in their hotel room until they receive the result. Individuals are generally notified of the result in 12 to 24 hours.
In case of a positive result, self-isolation for 14 days is mandatory. The cost of this test is covered by the traveler.
PUBLIC HEALTH CARD TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT
Travelers must also present a completed Public Health Card on arrival in Egypt. Countries worldwide are introducing this kind of entry requirement to prevent the virus from spreading.
Passengers should provide flight information and contact details. The authorities will notify them if someone they traveled with later tests positive for COVID-19, in which case they would have to self-isolate.
EGYPT AIRPORT COVID-19 PROCEDURES
Temperature checks are in place at airports in Egypt. Travelers are required to wear a face mask at all times in the airport terminal.
Passengers are also asked to maintain a safe distance between themselves and others, especially when boarding and disembarking the aircraft.
The airport has set up hand sanitizing stations. Visitors should wash their hands or make use of the alcohol-based hand gel at regular intervals.
At the airport passengers arriving from overseas will be asked to present the medical certificate, public health card, and proof of valid health insurance.
Activity Restrictions in Egypt
Egyptians and foreigners currently in the country have to respect activity limitations designed to minimize contagion risk.
There is no evening curfew in Egypt. Restaurants and cafes are still required to close by 10 pm. Shops are now required to close no later than 9 pm.
It is compulsory to wear a mask when out in public in Egypt, and those who do not wear one will not have access to Egyptian public transportation.
Travelers seeking accommodation in Egypt should be aware that hotels currently operate at 50% capacity with reinforced hygiene standards. Cafes, restaurants, movie theatres, and sports clubs are also now open and able to operate at reduced capacity.
Places of worship have also reopened with limitations on the number of attendees and other health precautions in place.
EGYPT COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVICE
After coronavirus cases were reported in the country, COVID-19 testing and quarantine facilities have been set up at hospitals across Egypt.
Foreigners in the country should follow this travel advisory for Egypt
- Avoid large gatherings of people
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after contact with others
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Try to maintain a distance of at least a meter between yourself and strangers when out in public
DIVING & CORONA / COVID-19 IN EGYPT
With the start of the pandemic in early 2020 the world has changed in many ways and had an massive impact on the tourist industry world wide. Here in Egypt all operators need to apply the rules and regulations and hold a valid license and safety certificate that follows the COVID-19 precautions and preventive measures approved by the Council of Ministers and is coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Chamber of Diving and Water Sports.
The following poster by the Chamber shows the current set of rules for our guests, the boats and its crew.
Places to get more information on the COVID restrictions are:
- Your own government for travel advise & quarantine regulations for as you return
- The embassy of your country in Cairo Egypt to check about the restrictions here in Egypt
- Your airliner can inform you on the needed tests and paperwork based upon their mandatory flight requirements for the traveller.