Egypt announced the suspension of flights at all airports from March 19 to 31 as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Prospects looked starkly different before the pandemic. Tourism revenues in Egypt jumped by more than 28%, to reach about $12.2 billion in the fiscal year 2018-2019, ending last June 30, compared to $9.8 billion during the fiscal year 2017-2018. A guard stands at the Karnak Temple, following an outbreak of coronavirus, in Luxor, Egypt, March 9, 2020. Niveau de sécurité pour une senior seule au Caire pour tourisme? Tourism experts said that preventive measures taken by Egypt and other countries would lead to a sharp drop in tourists to Egypt. "We had to cancel hotels - and that involves everyone who works in the hotel, the travel company itself, all the people behind desks. Video, The Beirut architect rebuilding families' homes for free, Kangaroos can 'communicate' with humans. En Egypte, des cas de personnes atteintes du Covid-19 ont été confirmés par le ministère égyptien de la Santé et l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS). Read about our approach to external linking. Si vous comptez vous rendre dans ces régions, évaluez les risques que représente un tel voyage pou… Ahmed el-Shami, an economist and professor of feasibility studies at Ain Shams University, said that the slowdown in the tourism industry would affect the national economy and the government should be ready. Healthcare in Egypt. © 2020 Al-Monitor, LLC. In recent days, Mr Anany has made media appearances showcasing new hygiene and safety rules as museums reopened and some foreign flights resumed to the provinces of South Sinai, Red Sea and Matrouh. Back in Giza, there have been huge clean-up operations around the pyramids, like other ancient monuments. Nagi told Al-Monitor, “The situation will become clearer in reservations for the summer season in June and July, when I expect that the virus will start to be contained,” he added. 12. Coronavirus et voyage en Egypte en mars prochain. Another tourism expert and a member of the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, Sameh Abdel Moneim, was optimistic. We've spent four months at home," says Ashraf Nasr, who has been offering camel rides to sightseers for 25 years. "How could I afford to look after the camels and my children?" 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Egypt’s Ministry of Health earlier declared a state of emergency in quarantines at all the state’s air, maritime and ground outlets as a protection against the outbreak of the new coronavirus. “We lost a lot of money, especially since the monthly tourism revenue is $1 billion, but the health of Egyptians is more important,” he added. VideoRags to robes: How clothes are recycled. Anani added that the decision to suspend air traffic until the end of March was carefully studied, explaining that during this period, hotels and tourist facilities would be sterilized. Egypt has reported 118,847 cases of coronavirus since February, including 103,703 recoveries and 6,790 fatalities. Video, How does the US electoral college work? "Finally, everything was so stable. Many in the industry expect to see changes as mass tourism returns but say these can be positive, with new steps to improve sanitisation and reduce overcrowding at popular sites. CAIRO: Visitors to Egypt will no longer have to produce a negative coronavirus test to enter the country after fears that tourists would cancel their holidays because of the requirement. Abdel Moneim, meanwhile, called upon the Egyptian government to launch a multibillion-dollar stimulus program to compensate workers in the tourism sector for the losses they will incur. Egypt Coronavirus update with statistics and graphs: total and new cases, deaths per day, mortality and recovery rates, current active … "Our job depends mainly on eye contact and the smile we welcome our guests with, but now the mask will be hiding half of our faces," she says. Germans start holiday lockdown amid Covid surge, The Beirut architect rebuilding families' homes for free. Before the outbreak of coronavirus, Egypt’s tourism industry was flourishing. Moderna joins Pfizer/BioNTech, Russsia’s Sputnik V, and Oxford/AstraZeneca as the most successful coronavirus vaccine … Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly warned on Monday that the country is likely to have a full lockdown due to the increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases, RT has reported. 16. Egypt tries to restart tourism during coronavirus pandemic But, with a vaccine for the new coronavirus still far off, the country's crippled tourism sector faces a long road. Des touristes visitent le temple de Karnak à Louxor, dans le sud de l'Egypte, où les habitants craignent que l'épidémie de coronavirus ne plombent le secteur du tourisme. Mr Mohammed asks. Il est à noter que le nombre de cas testés positifs au Covid-19 en Egypte est susceptible d’évoluer de façon régulière. Here's what you can now access. “Coronavirus has really affected tourism here,” Mohamed said. 15. Moderna previously announced that its vaccine against the coronavirus was 100 percent effective against severe cases of the virus – a significant leap in COVID-19 vaccine development. "After all, who doesn't want to come and see the pyramids? That changed when 45 tourists were tested positive on a Nile cruise ship in Luxor, prompting officials to conduct more testing in the tourist city. Tourism revenues in Egypt jumped by more than 28%, to reach about $12.2 billion in the fiscal year 2018-2019, ending last June 30, compared to $9.8 billion during the fiscal year 2017-2018. “Many hotel reservations have been canceled and tourists can barely be seen at tourist sites.”. The country knows it can count on the enduring allure of its rich, pharaonic past. Sign up for the Week in Review newsletter. “The losses suffered by tourism these days after the decision of some countries to ban travel to Egypt as well as the suspension of flights at all Egyptian airports are a temporary event due to global tension and fears over coronavirus,” he said. Egypt has had more than 107,000 confirmed cases and more than 6,200 deaths from Covid-19 at the time of writing, and more than 1,00 cases in the past week, per John Hopkins University. L’armée et le personnel de sécurité de l’Égypte participent également à des opérations de sécurité dans la région. Al-Monitor - Intelligence on the trends shaping the Middle East. He added that this matter will not exceed a few weeks at most, and the tourist flow will return to normal after the virus is controlled. "Later on, we'll open the Nile Valley, with Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.". But they were deserted as the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to Egypt's tourism industry and millions of people's livelihoods. She sees face masks as her biggest challenge. VideoThe Beirut architect rebuilding families' homes for free, French culture takes centre stage in Covid protest, Kangaroos can 'communicate' with humans. Le visa de tourisme peut être obtenu auprès d’un consulat égyptien, à l’arrivée en Egypte ou en ligne sur le site visa2egypt.gov.eg (demande à déposer au moins sept jours avant le départ). 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Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said in press statements that monthly tourism losses due to the lockdown would reach $1 billion. How does the US electoral college work? Tourism accounts for more than 12% of Egypt's gross domestic product (GDP), according to the minister. In 2019, 13.6 million people visited Egypt and numbers this year were expected to exceed 15 million. Before the outbreak of coronavirus, Egypt’s tourism industry was flourishing. The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population confirmed on Thursday 445 new coronavirus cases, up from 421 on Wednesday. Egypt has received on Thursday the first batches of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine at Cairo Airport later in the day, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said. You’re now subscribed to Al-Monitor. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bedouin community in Egypt, mainly in southern Sinai, that heavily relied on tourism to make ends meet, is retreating deep into the mountains and the desert to live a more traditional life. The outbreak of the virus, as well as the random medical tests, has halted life in most of the usually crowded city, with the exception of the one-day trips organised by tourist companies when visitors spend a whole day in Luxor and then return to either Cairo or the Red Sea. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Tourism is said to account for more than 12% of Egypt's GDP. While the pandemic delayed the opening of the new Grand Museum here - which will house many treasures, including those of King Tutankhamun - it is hoped that when this opens next year it will be a big draw. Egypt became the first country in Africa to record a case of the coronavirus when it confirmed an infection in February. A pigeon perched on the face of the regal, reclining Sphinx, is its solitary guest. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany. Coronavirus: As winter approaches, Egypt braces for second COVID-19 wave People wearing protective face masks stand inside a train at a metro station in Cairo, Egypt November 21, 2020. Thomas, a British tourist from Manchester, told Middle East Eye … Last week’s visits by the health and tourism ministers to Luxor was designed to show that the sites are safe and … Germany under tougher restrictions amid Covid rise, Rags to robes: How clothes are recycled. The Egyptian authorities may impose mandatory quarantine for visitors who test positive for coronavirus in a government isolation hospital, potentially in a remote location. Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said at a March 16 press conference that losses stemming from suspending air traffic would reach 2.25 billion Egyptian pounds (about $143 million). “The government is now in front of a big challenge and it has to find solutions, otherwise things will fall apart and will get out of control,” Shami said. Egyptian authorities have been testing staff at the site where tourists later diagnosed with the novel coronavirus had stayed before returning to France, Egypt’s prime minister said Saturday. Tourism was the country’s third source of national income after remittances from Egyptians abroad, which ranked first, with $26.4 billion, and non-oil exports, with $17.1 billion. We all lost our jobs. It's on everybody's bucket list. Les principales mesures suivantes prises par les … On s’attend à ce que les attentats contre les points de contrôle et les forces de sécurité se poursuivent. Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus and is due to spend at least the next week self-isolating in Egypt, the national team doctor said Saturday. Al-Monitor Staff | Sanctions | Dec 15, 2020, Baher al-Kady | Architecture | Dec 14, 2020, Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Dec 8, 2020, Al-Monitor Staff | Cybersecurity | Dec 7, 2020, Osama Al Sharif | Economy and trade | Dec 8, 2020, Rasha Mahmoud | GCC Relations | Dec 13, 2020. "It's been so hard for everyone. The virus was confirmed to … A wonder of the world, the pyramids at Giza have wowed visitors for millennia. I was busy the whole week. "I need to pay out for nursery fees and nappies.". Top Trump ally ends silence to congratulate Biden, Rags to robes: How clothes are recycled. In Egypt, Tourists Torn Between Ancient Temples and Coronavirus Tests Egyptian officials insist that it’s safe to visit. L'Egypte, bien qu'officiellement peu touchée, n'a pas été … “Certainly, the measures and precautions taken by Egypt and other countries as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will affect the movement of travel around the world and thus tourism,” said Adel Nagi, a tourism expert and a member of the General Assembly of the Chamber of Tourism Establishments. He was forced to sell two of his animals so that he could feed his family, as was another owner, Hamdi Mohammed. Some analysts fear long-term effects on Egypt’s tourism sector from the coronavirus outbreak. An employee shows a trial vaccine sample at a COVID-19 vaccine production base of Sinopharm in Beijing, April 10, 2020. Egypt, which has seen tourism numbers plummet due to the pandemic, recently reopened many of its attractions. Près de 110.000 cas de Covid-19 et plus de 3.800 décès ont été recensés dans le monde. In the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor, tour guide Eman Mohamed has sensed a notable decline in tourists over the past month, after the outbreak of the coronavirus. “Those people will lose their jobs and the government has to compensate them and to find alternative jobs for them,” he added. Plus get access to seven years of our archives. "For the time being, you will see the beaches, the sun, the desert, water activities - it's the open air and the sea. The link to reset the password will be sent to your email address. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany is on a mission to bring back business and help revive the economy. Video, The Beirut architect rebuilding families' homes for free. © 2020 BBC. Although this ancient site reopened on 1 July - with new compulsory temperature checks and social distancing at the entrance - only a few locals come by. The COVID-19 pandemic in Egypt is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 ( SARS-CoV-2 ). And then you have drivers and restaurants," she says. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. VideoHow does the US electoral college work? "People around the world are now trying to avoid big crowds as much as possible, so I guess there will be more very small groups, if not individual tourists," says Mona el-Dessouki, another tour guide. "It was a disaster for us, like the whole world," he says. ‘Egypt’s real virus figures higher than official ones' Country’s actual COVID-19 numbers top 117,000, while death toll exceeds 9,000, says top Egyptian official Aydogan Kalabalik | 01.06.2020 By Yolande KnellBBC Middle East correspondent. Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the president-elect. "We lost around $1bn per month and we're estimating that we'll still lose a lot of money during the coming weeks and months.". "Also wearing the mask for many hours while on a tour in buses, closed areas like museums, airports and aircraft is not going to be as easy as it may sound.". Six people have died so far. Bedouins in Egypt retreat to more traditional way of life to face COVID-19. Tourism in Egypt began to recover only two years ago following the turmoil of the Arab Spring and the absence of Russian tourists after the 2015 downing of a Russian airline r that killed 224 people. The Ministry of Health added that all inbound and outbound travelers from and to the country are being inspected, noting that … Les frontières avec le Soudan et la Libye sont poreuses, et des bandits et groupes armés y sont actifs. Voyage solo d'Assouan à Alexandrie : niveau d'insécurité ? .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A wonder of the world, the pyramids at Giza have wowed visitors for millennia. 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Egypt tries to protect tourism after coronavirus outbreak on cruise ship Sunday, 8 March 2020 Egypt is rushing to protect its important tourism sector and reassure travelers it is safe to visit after an outbreak of the coronavirus on … The ministry also announced 22 virus-related deaths and 207 recovering cases. Since the mid-February announcement of the first infection of coronavirus in Egypt, the number of infected people has reached 196 in Egypt as of March 18, including 45 people onboard a Nile cruise ship between Aswan and Luxor, carrying French, American and Indian tourists. All rights reserved. CAIRO: Egypt’s government has set limited working hours for shops amid growing coronavirus cases and fears over a second virus wave. Egypt has now recorded a total of 120,147 confirmed cases, 104,281 recovered cases, and 6,854 … "Egypt is different, a mix of wonders," says Ms Adel, the guide. After years of political turmoil and a deadly bomb attack on a passenger plane in 2015, tourism was booming. Representative of Nefer tour tourist agency Ibragim Elatar confirmed one of the Kazakhstani tourists who were supposed to leave Egypt for Kazakhstan had tested positive for COVID-19.