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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK tourists head to Egypt as covid test rules eased

More UK tourists heading to Egypt after covid test rules eased: The UK arm of travel agency TUI is reporting a rise in bookings to Egypt after the UK government relaxed covid testing requirements last week, according to Bloomberg. The company has seen an “immediate and strong uptick in bookings” to Egypt, as well as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, it said.

PCR tests for UK travel are history: This comes just a few days after the UK replaced requirements for incoming travelers to take a PCR test before and after flying with a cheaper lateral flow test on the second day after arrival. “There’s no doubt the positive travel changes have given Brits the reassurance that travel will once again be easier and more affordable,” the company said in a statement. TUI now expects bookings for the summer to be “normalized,” it said.

Egypt’s tourism sector is firmly in recovery mode: The rebound in Egypt’s tourism sector — which prior to the pandemic accounted for 12% of GDP — gathered pace through 2021 as international travel began to normalize, with the most recent data showing revenues rose 20% y-o-y in the first half of the year.

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