Egypt is a place every traveler must visit at least once in a lifetime. But should you travel to this ancient country right now during the pandemic?
Like the rest of the world, Egypt has also been hit by the coronavirus crisis. It has implemented numerous emergency decrees to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although the situation there is now relatively under control, local restrictions can still affect both businesses and tourists alike.
Below, you will find the latest information regarding COVID-19 and whether or not it is safe to visit Egypt this autumn.
Stats & Current COVID-19 situation in Egypt
According to the CDC, Egypt now has a moderate level of COVID-19 transmission – orange. They recommend being fully vaccinated before traveling to the country. Unvaccinated visitors should avoid all non-essential travel.
So far, Egypt has registered 287,393 cases and 16,706 deaths related to coronavirus.
At the moment, there are 33,302 active cases and around 200 new infections daily.
Vaccination progress in Egypt
Egypt has had a slow vaccination rollout because of a failure to outline a clear national strategy. However, the situation is getting better. Egypt plans to vaccinate 4.5 million state employees through August and September.
All pre-university and university education workers, as well as university students (around 5 million people in total), should also get their shot before the beginning of the academic year – October.
Up to date, Egypt has distributed over 5 million vaccine doses. Only around 2.3 million residents have been fully vaccinated, about 2.9% of the country’s population.
Entry restrictions in Egypt
Egypt is open to tourism, and it has also resumed the majority of its flights. However, some entry restrictions still apply.
All overseas visitors traveling to Egypt must present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival no older than 72 hours. The period is extended for some countries to 96 hours.
Foreign visitors arriving in the Red Sea Governorate who fail to meet the requirement will be able to get tested on arrival at their own expense. They must quarantine until they receive the results.
Travelers arriving from some countries are also subject to further testing on arrival. You can find the list of those countries here.
Moreover, all passengers must fill out the Egyptian Health Declaration Form.
Local safety measures
There are several local safety measures in Egypt. Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and at public transport, including taxis.
Capacity limits are in place in hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Restrictions on the number of people at public gatherings apply, too.
At the moment, there is no curfew in Egypt. But it could be re-implemented if there is a spike in coronavirus cases.
Why visit Egypt in pandemic times
There is only one major entry restriction in Egypt – to test negative. Then, you are all set to go. Visit the breathtaking Pyramids at Giza, the temples of Luxor, coffee places around Cairo, or just relax by a pool in a hotel resort. Egypt is also well-known for some of the finest diving spots in the world.
Besides, you might experience fewer crowds than usual. So why not go this autumn? Don’t forget to take regular precautions and follow the latest COVID-related information to stay safe during your travels.