Posted on March 1, 2021 via Daily News Egypt – The Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities and Civil Aviation have decided to extend the initiative to support domestic tourism until May 15th.

The initiative, which was due to end on February 28, pledges to operate only 50% of the hotel’s capacity. It will ensure the implementation of hygiene safety regulations at airports, museums, archaeological sites, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and tourist buses.

This decision is in line with the package of incentives launched by the Egyptian government to support the tourism and aviation sectors and their workers. It is based on the instructions of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to support the two sectors and their workers and to stimulate Egyptian tourism.

The decision to extend the initiative is in response to demands from large numbers of Egyptians, as well as members of the House and Senate.

The initiative aims to lower domestic airfares connecting tourist cities in Egypt by organizing flights from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El-Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada and Marsa Alam, and from Alexandria to Luxor and Aswan.

It was decided that the prices for return air tickets for Egyptians and foreigners will remain inclusive at a flat VAT rate: from Cairo and Alexandria to Luxor for 1,500 EGP; and to Aswan for EGP 1,800.

The prices from Cairo or Alexandria to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and Taba are 1,800 EGP and Marsa Alam 2,000 EGP.

The Board of Directors of the Supreme Council for Antiquities also approved a reduction in ticket prices for Egyptians and Arabs visiting archaeological sites and museums open to visits to Egypt. An agreed price applies until mid-May 2021, i.e. the price for tickets for Egyptian students.

It should be noted that the initiative was launched in January by the Ministries of Tourism and Antiques and Civil Aviation. It is in line with the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers on Tourism and Antiquities during the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister in December 2020.

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