How to visit Egypt during covid-19 is a very important question that needs to be answered in a very effective and precise manner. The purpose of this article is to provide all the information and details needed in order to visit Egypt during Covid-19. This article is written by ETP team which is a group of excellent and knowledgeable tour operators, tour guides, and travel consultants with decades of experience in Egyptian tourism. Egypt is one of the most awe-inspiring tourist destinations in the world which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world each year. And for a large section of travelers and adventurers, Egypt comes in the first tiptop spot that must be listed in their travel plans.
Egypt has maintained its position due to its magnificent history dated back to 5000 years, its fascinating monumental landmarks, and its recreational blissful resorts. However, the recent events related to the outbreak of the execrable Corona Virus that hit the world make people from all over the world feel horrified and in order to keep themselves and their families and children away from the infection, they resorted to staying at home and the national governments suspended the international flights and traveling abroad was banned. At this point, the tourism industry in Egypt was affected and thousands of people who are fond of traveling suffered a lot when they had to cancel all their lifetime trips and vacations.
This hard situation made the authorities and governments take some internal precautions to limit the widespread of the devastating Coronavirus. Impose lockdown, forbid coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, deprive resorts and beaches, prevent traveling from a country to another, and hold up the flights. All these procedures assisted to achieve the target and the rates of getting infected with the Corona Virus have already decreased in addition to the continuous efforts of the scientists and medical experts to discover a new vaccine against the disease.
Actually, protecting yourself and the people around you is your responsibility after the outbreak of Corona Virus disease. There are some important precautions that one must take to decrease the chances of getting infected of COVID-19 and to slow down its outbreak:
1. You must sanitize your hands regularly with alcohol or you can wash them with water and soap as cleaning the hands with soap and water or with alcohol will kill any virus that may cover your hands.
2. Leave a one-meter distance at least between yourself and any other one since the other person may spray some liquid droplets from his mouth or nose while he/she speaks or coughs and these droplets may carry the virus. So, if you are too close, you can get these droplets containing the COVID-19 virus.
3. Never touch your mouth, nose, or eyes since your hands may pick up the virus from any surface you touch and once you touch your face, hands may move the virus to your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are contaminated.
4. You must avoid crowds where a huge number of people come together. You are more likely to come into direct contact with someone who carries the virus of COVID-19.
5. You ought to cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with a tissue and throw it in the trash once you finish.
6. Regularly clean and purify the frequently touched surfaces and objects just like bathrooms fixtures, toilets, doorknobs, and mobile phones.
7. In case of appearing some symptoms just like fever, cough, or diarrhea, you must ask your doctor for help, follow his/her instructions, and take your medications regularly.
At the time when Coronavirus hit the world, all governments announced the alert status and started to take all the possible precautions to fight Coronavirus and slow down its widespread. And accordingly, the Egyptian government put a plan and started to follow it to reduce the number of infected people, especially, after the wide outbreak of the virus in many parts of the country.
The first steps to struggle against CoronaVirus has started from the propaganda and the media campaign that the television and all the social media have witnessed to educate the people about the extreme dangers of this disease and how it threatens their lives and many famous actors, footballers and public figures have shared in this campaign. Another action taken by the Egyptian Authority is imposing lockdown for around 10 hours per day to limit the movements and reduce the number of injuries and fines are imposed for the violators. Cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, and supermarkets were closed and fines were also imposed for those they don't follow. Hotels, beaches, resorts, and all the monumental sites were banned to be used, the airports closed their doors and the international flights were stopped. Mosques, churches, wedding parties, and any gathering were deprived.
The Ministry of Health has measured daily instructions and brochures about the danger of the crowds especially in the metro and other public transportations and how it may be a reason to transfer the virus from one to another and how one protect himself by wearing masks and using alcohol to sanitize your hands in a regular way especially with the huge increase of the numbers of the infected at the hospitals, as a result, the numbers become less and less and all coffee shops, supermarket, restaurants have started to be opened and have eventually worked.
It is mandatory to wear a mask at all times while being on all public transit, in taxis, and in enclosed public spaces, and you may be denied entry to vehicles and public transport without one. Individuals who do not follow the precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution. Hotels have resumed operations but must follow new health guidelines that include limits on capacity and hygiene standards. There are restrictions on public gatherings as restaurants and cafes must operate at 50 percent capacity or less to ensure everyone's safety. All travel agencies must be fully equipped to handle the needs and ensure the medical safety of all its client at all times.
Indeed, traveling abroad for vacations and holidays is the best tip-top thing most people can do in their life. However, when traveling will be related to Egypt, everything will be different and special. Whenever you intend to start your first travel plans after CoronaVirus, you will find yourself thinking of Egypt to be your first destination, why not?!! Since Egypt is the land of the best-renowned civilization in history. So, if you select to choose Egypt to be your destination for your vacation and get infected during Egypt tour, so never get worried at all and you must follow a number of instructions and precautions to be on the safe side:
First: It's necessary to ask for a doctor's help whenever you have some symptoms just like fever, cough, or diarrhea, and follow the instructions of the doctor regarding the medications that must be taken on time.
Second: You must be isolated from the others so that the virus cannot be transferred to any other one so you protect yourself and save the lives of the others.
Third: You will have to use the masks and alcohol to sanitize your hands, surfaces, and tools you always touch or use.
Fourth: You ought to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables regularly so that your immune system keeps strong which will be your army to fight CoronaVirus.
Fifth: If your case comes worse and worse, you must be in touch with your travel agent or your tour guide and he/she will help you to be hospitalized, examine your case and take the necessary care.
Sixth: It's necessary to use clean tissues while coughing or sneezing with a tissue to cover your mouth and nose and throw them in the trash once you finish.
All Commercial flights and international tourism to Egypt have resumed working since 1 July 2020 till our current day but under new regulations of entry such as. All international arrivals including Egyptian nationals to any part of Egypt must present a medical certificate with a QR code to confirm vaccination or with a negative RT-PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure of their last direct flight to Egypt. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from this requirement.
On 24 June, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that fully vaccinated individuals (except those from high-risk countries) are also exempt from taking a PCR test. If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized by emergency use by the World Health Organization then you do NOT have to get tested. Passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt must have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure if they are not fully vaccinated. The medical certificate must be issued and stamped by an accredited laboratory, and indicate the type of sample taken for the swab, and must be written in either Arabic or English and possess a QR code.
Since August 1, 2021, if any traveler has taken both shots of one of the six approved COVID-19 vaccines which include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik, and Johnson & Johnson in the last 2 weeks before arriving in Egypt, then he or she can enter without a PCR test. The medical certificate must be issued and stamped by an accredited laboratory, and the sample must be taken for the swab and must be written in Arabic or English. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Foreign visitors arriving at airports in the coastal governorates the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh without QR Code for vaccination or a valid PCR test result or he or she will undergo testing on arrival at their own cost and must quarantine until results are received.
Travelers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Latin America, or Vietnam will need to take an ID Now COVID-19 test on arrival on their own cost. If the test is positive, the traveler will undergo a PCR test at the airport and if positive, the traveler will be quarantined at a government-designated hospital. Arriving passengers will have their temperatures checked. Anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt is required to quarantine for 14 days. Everyone must fill out a Health Declaration. Foreign travelers must show proof of a valid health insurance policy Most foreign nationals require a visa which everyone can get easily on arrival at the airport.
Egypt is one of the safest travel destinations in the world right now, due to the low crime level when compared with the crime rates of many Western countries. In Mid July 2021 world Health Organization places Egypt at the lowest level of coronavirus spread Risk across the world due to the measures taken by the Egyptian government that helped control the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of each traveler such as the cleansing of all the visited attractions on a daily basis which help record the lowest number of infections and the highest number of recovery cases, which lead the World Health Organization to place Egypt at the lowest level of coronavirus spread Risk.
Egypt has reported the Lowest COVID-19 Daily Death Count Since the Start of the Pandemic, citing the organization's six-level categories of the epidemiological position and the risk of spreading the virus worldwide. As the country has reported 283,320 cases and 16,412 since the initial outbreak in February last year. By the end of 2021, 80 million doses are expected to be locally produced to vaccinate 40 million Egyptians, with further plans to also export an estimated 400 million doses to Egypt’s neighboring countries. Egypt is planning to produce 2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of this week, as well as Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses.
Being an Egypt adventurer, you will get the chance to travel to the best historical and recreational destinations in the world, and let's have a general overview of the must-visit cities in the land of pharaohs:
The ancient Egyptian pharaohs had chosen Giza city to be the home of one of the seven wonders of the world "Giza Pyramids Complex" which were constructed during the ruling period of the 4th dynasty and the complex consists of three spectacular pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building structure in the ancient world and these three pyramids were mainly established to be the resting places for their kings. Giza Complex also includes the Great Sphinx and the Valley Temple, the most recognizable mummification center in Ancient Egypt. Saqqara Step Pyramid is one of the best monumental sites in Giza and this is the first step pyramid built-in history during the ruling period of King Djoser and it consists of six steps. Memphis City is the ancient capital city of Egypt which had been founded by King Menes and it's located in the entrance of the Nile Valley. Being the center of the ruling government, Memphis City was also a significant religious center.
Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. No one visits it without wishing to come back again due to its extreme allure and captivating beauty. Cairo is one of the unique cities that combines the greatness of history and the fascinating beauty of nature and let's see some of Cairo masterpieces:
The Grand Egyptian Museum: The house of the ancient Egyptian antiquities contains over 200,000 ancient glorious artifacts and relics in addition to the majestic collection of King Tutankhamen. Cairo also has a number of Islamic historical sightseeing such as:
Salah El-Din Citadel: Cairo Citadel is one of Cairo's must-see attractions and it's the most impressive Islamic monument in history which was mainly constructed in 1176 AD to struggle against the invasion of the Crusaders and it served as the center of the Egyptian Government.
Muhammad Ali Mosque: Muhammad Ali mosque is a part of Salah El Din Citadel which was constructed upon the order of Muhammad Ali Pasha by the genius architect Yousuf Bushnak to be one of the first mosques built in Egypt.
Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque: It's the first mosque established in Africa and it got its name from the name of the great commander Amr Ibn Al Aas and it's one of the Islamic captivating attractions in Egypt.
Sultan Hassan Mosque: The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is situated in the historic district of Cairo and it's a monumental mosque that was created between 1356 and 1363 during the reign of the Bahari Mamluk.
Refaie Mosque: It's one of the largest mosques which are situated in Midan Al Qal'a in Cairo and it served as the burial site for the members of the ruling family and it includes the tomb of King Farouk.
Cairo also includes some of the Christian sites and the most famous one is: The Hanging Church: The Hanging Church is the oldest Coptic Church in Egypt which was erected in the 5th century over the Babylon Fortress so it was named "The Hanging Church"
Khan El Khalili Bazaar: The oldest and best-known market in the Middle East is where you can find a huge variety of goods, clothes, foods, species, and souvenirs and it's located in the old district of Cairo city.
Luxor city is the marvelous house of temples and ancient Egyptian ruins where the ancient Egyptians created a wide variety of treasures and heritage just like:
Karnak Temple: Karnak temple is one of the most renowned and best-known temples in Ancient Egypt which was created over 4000 years ago and it was mainly established to be the center of worship for many gods like Isis and Osiris.
Luxor Temple: It's one of the best-preserved monuments which are dedicated to the god Amun and what's amazing about this temple is that it's unique in its design and structure.
Valley of the Kings: This is the house of burial sites for the ancient kings who ruled the country in the 18th and 19th dynasties. This glorious site is located on the west bank of the Nile River which contains a large number of treasures, relics, and artifacts at more than 60 royal tombs.
Hatshepsut Temple: This is one of the incomparable monumental sites in the world which is dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut who ruled Egypt in the 18th dynasty and this is the only woman ruler in Egypt history.
Colossi of Memnon: These are two massive standing statues on the west bank of the Nile which were built at the entrance of the temple of Amenhotep III and they are impressive for all the site's visitors.
Another city that played a big role to form Egypt's history is Aswan in the extreme south of Egypt. This fabulous Nubian city which witnessed the great achievements of the pharaohs and Nubian as well is one of the best top destinations on the land of Pharaohs and here are some of its historical highlights:
Philae Temple: It's one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt which was erected during the Ptolemaic era and completed by the Roman Emperors and it's located now at Aglikia Island in Aswan.
Abu Simbel Temple: No monumental site in the world is more impressive than Abu Simbel Temple which was dedicated to Ramses the Great and it contains two twin temples for the king and his wife and you can watch the sun festival at Abu Simbel on 22nd February and October each year.
The Unfinished Obelisk: It's a magnificent monument that was firstly established in 1508 BC upon the request of Queen Hatshepsut and it's the largest man-made obelisk in history.
Alexandria also contains some of the best historical sites and here are some of them:
Qaitbey Citadel: An Islamic fortress constructed in the 15th century by Ashraf Sayf El-Din Qa'itbay, taking the same place as the destructive Alexandria Lighthouse.
The Catacombs: The Roman burial site was established in the 2nd century AD and it’s one of the most renowned of the Middle Age wonders.
Alexandria Library: It's the most well-known cultural spot in the Middle East and it's the truly wealthy house of the most unique books of all fields in Arabic, English, and French.
Another side of Egypt is to witness the allure and beauty of Egypt in the coastal cities such as Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Alam and enjoy some of the magical activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and desert safari.
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