Russia lifts flight ban to Egyptian Red Sea resorts in 2015



Russia lifts flight ban to Egyptian Red Sea resorts in 2015

Hostels and cafeterias along the Red Sea in Dahab. Credit: Katia Vastiau

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision on July 8 to overturn a 2015 decree banning charter flights to Egyptian resorts. The move ends a six-year hiatus in Russian tourist travel.

In a statement, Egypt said the move reflected the growing strength of Egyptian-Russian relations, and said it was ready to receive Russian tourists at Egyptian resorts.

A Kremlin statement also confirmed that Russia has withdrawn its recommendation against the sale of tours to Egyptian Red Sea resorts.

Russia previously banned air travel to Egypt in 2015 after a terrorist bomb crashed into a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula and killed all 224 people on board.

After resuming direct flights to Cairo in 2018, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Russian President Putin agreed in an April 23 appeal to resume flights to Egyptian resorts in the Red Sea.

To maintain safety precautions and protect visitors from the COVID-19 virus, the Ministry of Health announced earlier in June that Egypt had fully vaccinated its staff at major resorts and hotels in Red Sea governorates and South Sinai to prepare for receiving tourists in the summer.

The vaccine is also available in medical units, mobile medical clinics and medical centers inside hotels to ensure full vaccination of all new visitors and staff, and is provided to foreign residents in Egypt upon their request. .

In June 2020, Egypt joined a list of 100 countries around the world after receiving the ‘Safe Travel’ seal from the World Travel and Tourism Council due to its effective adoption of a wide range of measures. health and safety to curb the spread of the virus. virus according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

To visit Egypt, travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from their country issued up to 72 or 96 hours before the time of departure.

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