Egypt to hike price of tourist visa

You would think that a country struggling to restablish their tourism industry would be doing all it could to help invigorate the market, but instead, the Egyptian government has revealed plans to raise the cost of a tourist visa from US$25 to US$60 – that’s a 140 percent price hike!

Originally, the vast increase in the visa on arrival was planned for March, but now the government has delayed their plans until 1 July 2017. It will be interesting to see if it gets postponed again nearer this date, as it is not the first time that the Egyptian government has backtracked on introducing stricter visa policies. In 2015, there was talk of discontinuing visas on arrival for tourist visitors, but this was soon dropped after it dawned on the officials the impact this would have on tourism to the region.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 20 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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