Egypt: All Airports to Reopen on July 1, Says Aviation Minister

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Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1, the civil aviation minister said on Sunday, after suspending regular commercial flights in March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mohamed Manar Anba told a news conference that flights would resume gradually at the airports from the start of July.

He said foreign tourism would be limited to resorts in three coastal provinces, after the government said on Thursday it would reopen Egypt’s main seaside resorts for international flights and foreign tourists from July 1.

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Travellers from countries with high rates of Covid-19 infections, based on World Health Organization (WHO) assessments, need to be tested before coming to Egypt.

Domestic flights have continued during the crisis, and the government has allowed hotels to operate at 50 per cent capacity since June 1.

Egypt, a nation of about 100 million people, has registered 44,598 cases of the coronavirus and 1,575 deaths. The number is lower than many European countries but cases have climbed in the past three weeks.

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