In a bid to boost tourism, and consequently the economy of the country, Egypt has introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa for those who want to visit the Arab nation.
The announcement was made along with a series of other measures, and comes at a time when Egypt is struggling economically due to an acute shortage of foreign currency, writes Reuters.
Egypt introduces five-year multiple entry visa
According to reports, the visa will cost about USD 700 (INR 57,545) and has been introduced along with multiple other visa relaxations for several nationalities. Egypt has also expanded its list of countries which can avail single entry 30-day visa on arrival, which costs USD 25 (INR 2,055), the report adds. Referring to this, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa said China and India are among the handful of nations that have been added to the list.
Issa added that the new visa facilities would also accommodate tourists from Turkey, Iraq, and India who hold residency in Arab Gulf countries and Schengen visas, along with tourists from the USA, Japan, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada, a report in Egypt Independent states.
These measures are being set in place to give tourism, a major contributor to the country’s GDP, an uplift. Travel was one of the major areas which were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts are being made to help the same. According to The National News, Egypt attracted 11.7 million tourists last year, and it seeks to boost that number by 25-30 per cent annually to reach 30 million visitors by 2028. Further, Issa said that tourist numbers increased by more than 30 per cent in January and February, as compared to the first two months of 2022, the report adds.
Egypt is best known for the pyramids of Giza, which had featured in several Bollywood movies, including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Singh Is Kinng. The destination has a rich history, which makes it a wonderful experience for tourists, especially history and architecture buffs.
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