Egypt lays down new COVID rules

The Egyptian Government has issued new regulations for dealing with tourists who show symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 during their stays:

It says visitors should notify their hotel management or a doctor immediately they show any symptoms.

A designated floor of every hotel "or area within the vicinity"* must be set aside for suspected or positive cases

Hotels will cover the cost of lodging, food and soft drinks for those cases.

"Critical"* sufferers must be taken to hospital and the Ministry of Health and Population will cover the cost of medication and treatment until patients recover.

Close contacts sharing room with travellers testing positive will get free medical examinations and can stay on in their rooms with no extra charges if they need to.

Passengers on Egyptian Airlines needing alternative flights home will be carried "with no penalty".

However, all arrivals will have to present confirmation of health insurance on arrival at the airport. They will also need to have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days earlier or to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. Those flying ro Red Sea airports , including Sharm el Sheikh may pay US$30 for a PCR test on arrival but need to self isolate in their hotels until they get the results

The Government had already clamped down on hygiene in hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and others dealing with tourists – on pain of losing their licences. It had brought in five international specialist companies. They have begun checking hotel standards.

*Not defined.