Travelers entering Egypt at any of four airports in Red Sea and South Sinai governorates can take a coronavirus test upon arrival, which would exempt them from submitting negative PCR test results taken before they boarded their flights.
The four airports are Sharm El-Sheikh and Taba airports in South Sinai as well as Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports in Red Sea, according to a statement by the Egyptian civil aviation ministry.
Passengers arriving at these airports can take the coronavirus test for $30 if they do not already have their own PCR test result, the statement said, adding that the decision goes into effect on 1 September.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian authorities decided that incoming travelers must submit negative PCR test results at their port of entry, due to increasing coronavirus infections in some countries. The tests must have been taken no more than 72 hours before the arrival date.
Children under six are exempted from the decision, the ministry said in an earlier statement.
The country’s key tourism sector has been hit hard by the pandemic.
However, Egypt began a gradual resumption of regular international flights last month, after having shut its airspace in March due to the pandemic.
Foreign tourists in tour groups are allowed entry into the three coastal Egyptian governorates with the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country; South Sinai, Red Sea, and Matrouh.