Rest in the country of the pyramids became cheaper.
In Egypt, new rules came into force, according to which Russian tourists are exempted from paying a visa fee of $ 15.
The new rules entered into force on June 11, 2012 andWill be valid until August 31, 2012. However, the head of the state organization for the development of tourism in Egypt, Omar al-Izbi does not rule out that the validity of these rules will be extended. The procedure for obtaining a visa has not changed. It, as before, is placed at the airport for a period of 30 days and for 15 days in the Sinai Peninsula. The new rules apply to Russian citizens traveling in organized groups, in other words - to those who purchased a ticket from the tour operator.
The exemption of foreign citizens from paymentThe visa fee is aimed at facilitating the procedure for entering Egypt and ensuring an increase in the number of tourists. The main competitors of the direction have already taken steps to increase the flow of tourists from Russia, it's time to take these steps and Egypt.
The tourism sector in Egypt is one of theThe main source of income and accounts for more than 10% of the country's GDP. The complex political situation in Egypt in 2011 significantly reduced the number of tourists from 14.5 to 10 million. In connection with this, revenues to the budget have also decreased: by more than $ 4 billion.
Today, one of the main tasks of the Egyptian authorities- to restore the confidence of foreign tourists and again attract them to local resorts. The abolition of visa fees for Russians is not the only measure to solve this problem. Tourists from a number of countries, such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lebanon, India, Jordan, now have the opportunity to receive an Egyptian visa upon arrival in the country of rest directly at the airport. Previous rules for citizens of these countries required advance registration of the visa.
According to experts, the abolition of visa fees is unlikelyWill lead to an increase in the flow of tourists from Russia. Nevertheless, simplification of formalities will help the Egyptian authorities visually demonstrate their interest in Russian tourists.