Egypt relaxes COVID restrictions, hotels ready to welcome guests

Hotels in Egypt have resumed operations, and are currently able to operate at 70% capacity with reinforced hygiene standards. Cafes, restaurants, movie theatres, and sports clubs are also now open and able to operate at 25% of their normal capacity.

Egypt is one of many countries that has been affected by the 2019-2020 outbreak of coronavirus, and a number of safety measures were put in place to try to contain the disease.

Travel restrictions, quarantine, medical testing, and temporarily closing offices, schools, and other establishments were part of the measures implemented in Egypt to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, although all air traffic in and out of Egypt was previously suspended, travel to the country is once again possible now that the restrictions have been relaxed.

There are certain things to bear in mind even at the best of times when visiting Egypt. Government travel advice is generally to avoid the Sinai peninsula apart from the region around Sharm El Sheik due to ongoing conflict in the region. Conversely, the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions—home to most of Egypt’s famous tourist sites and major cities—are considered safe.

The evening curfew previously in place in Egypt was abolished on June 27th, although restaurants and cafes are still required to close before 10pm. Shops are now required to close before 9pm.

It is still compulsory to wear a mask when out in public in Egypt, and those who do not may be denied entry to Egyptian public transportation.

Although places of worship such as mosques are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, they are now open for daily prayers during the rest of the week. Beaches and public parks in most of Egypt remain closed.

Foreigners should follow this travel advisory to Egypt:

  • Avoid large gatherings of people
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after contact with others
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Try to maintain a distance of at least a meter between yourself and strangers when out in public