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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Telegraph asks why Egypt is raising its visa cost

Egypt’s tourism sector is “on its knees,” so why is it doubling the cost of tourist visas, Natalie Paris asks in The Telegraph. Philip Breckner, director at the British tour operator Discover Egypt, tells Paris he understood the motives behind the move, but believes it is “not good.” He says “a family of four will be paying [GBP 200] for visas and they might only be paying [GBP 2,000] for the holiday … so that’s 10 per cent of the whole holiday cost.” He adds that tourism is still being affected by the government’s restrictions on travel to Egypt, which Paris describes as staying the same “despite a British cross-party taskforce suggesting last September that security at Sharm el-Sheikh had sufficiently improved for the Government to lift its ban on flights.”

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