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Tourist Entry Visa and Ticket Prices for Tourists Increase

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:10 pm    Post subject: Tourist Entry Visa and Ticket Prices for Tourists Increase Reply with quote

"Egypt Delays Fee Hike for Tourist Entry Visas to July" (Ahram Online - Menna Alaa El-Din, 26.02.2017)

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"... starting 1 July 2017 ... from $25 to $60 ..."


"Tourist Entrance Fees to Increase at Museums, Archaeological Sites in October" (Egypt Independent / Al-Masry Al-Youm, 01.03.2017)

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"Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany ... starting in October ... The average increase will range between 50-60 percent to cope with changes in the US dollar exchange rate. ... Ticket prices at the pyramids will be raised from LE80 to LE120, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor from LE100 to LE160, the Egyptian museum from LE75 to LE120, Abu Simbel temple from LE100 to LE160, and Kom Ombo temple from LE40 to LE80. ..."


Note: The exchange rate of the Egyptian Pound to the Euro is currently about 17 : 1.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" Egypt approves price hike for multiple entry visas, maintains old price for single entry " (Ahram Online - Menna Alaa El-Din, 21.03.2017)
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Egypt's cabinet decided on Tuesday to raise the price of multiple entry tourist visas from $35 to $60, while maintaining the old rate of $25 for single entry visas. ...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
" Egypt approves price hike for multiple entry visas, maintains old price for single entry " (Ahram Online - Menna Alaa El-Din, 21.03.2017)
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Egypt's cabinet decided on Tuesday to raise the price of multiple entry tourist visas from $35 to $60, while maintaining the old rate of $25 for single entry visas. ...



I am not surprised: the al-Ahram article points out the decision was made strictly on the fact that tourism is down so much at the moment that adding additional expense would defeat the purpose of people visiting Egypt.

I thought it mad when they said they would raise the visa rates to $60 and start on March 1 of this year. When that was delayed to October, I knew saner heads were prevailing.

This last change says that reality finally had set in: you cannot get tourists to visit Egypt if you raise the visa rates so high in one rise. I understand that everyone, from ministers to the guides who greet you at monuments, had all weighed in on how bad the increased visa rates were.

One thing you can say about Egypt: they should know their audience and react accordingly.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism had to listen to violent criticism at the International Trade Fair for Tourism (ITB) in February this year in Berlin, from the vendors of travels to Egypt....

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