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Egypt ready to resume cultural tourism, regulations as of September 1, 2020

Egypt’s tourism authorities have discussed the controls that will be adopted for the resumption of cultural tourism activities in Egypt as of September 1, The controls were discussed at a meeting between Minister of Tourism and Antiquities and several ministry leaders, as well as the heads of the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA) and the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETAA). Egyptians and foreigners will be allowed to travel between cities, archaeological monuments and various museums, so long as they adhere to the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All types of tourism activities, related to cultural tourism will operate with a maximum of 50 percent of their total capacity. The regulations for Tourism activities are:

For Transportation of Tourists (bus, limousine, golf cars)

  • All means of transportation for tourists will operate with a maximum of 50 per cent of their total capacity; leaving a vacant seat next to each passenger on the bus and in golf cars, with a maximum of two passengers in a limousine.
  • Passengers and drivers are required to wear face masks at all times during the journey.
  • Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are provided; thorough cleaning, disinfection and proper ventilation are carried out before and after each trip.

For Tourist Groups visiting Archaeological Sites and Museums

  • All museums and archaeological sites (open for visitors) will receive Egyptians and tourists as of September 1, 2020.
  • All touch points and floors in museums and visitor centers in archaeological sites are disinfected daily before opening hours.
  • Tourist groups are not to exceed 25 people in museums and archaeological sites.
  • Tour guides are required to wear face masks and use audio equipment inside museums. Earpieces are sterilised after each use.
  • Tourism companies are to provide face masks to tourists and drivers.
  • The temperature of employees is checked daily (and visitors before entering museums and indoor archaeological sites). Safe physical distancing is maintained (at least 1 meter).
  • The maximum number of visitors allowed inside museums and indoor archaeological sites is:
    • 100 visitors per hour in all museums (200 visitors per hour in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir).
    • 10 – 15 visitors inside any pyramid or tomb (depending on its dimensions).
  • All schools, universities and governmental organizations’ trips must be pre-notified to archaeological sites and museums, at least 48 hours prior to the planned visit, with no more than 15 persons per trip, with a maximum of 5 trips per day.

For Floating Hotels

Floating Hotels are not allowed to operate any Nile Cruises before the beginning of October 2020.

Egyptians are a very ancient and culturally rich civilization and demonstrate it proudly through the astounding architecture, relics and artefacts that are dotted all over the country. The country has gone through various eras of cultural evolution as it passed from one set of administrators to another starting from the rule of Pharaohs to the Greco-Roman period in 332 B.C to the byzantine period and ultimately the Islamic conquest of Egypt in A.D 624. This makes Egypt an ideal place for cultural tourism as it has no end of attractions and history for the tourists to enjoy and the traditions of its people are still a living breathing reality that is waiting to be unearthed and experienced.