EGYPT has shelved its plan to deny British tourists the opportunity to apply for visas on arrival, instead announcing that an electronic visa system would be introduced.
Last month, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced that from May 15, all Britons not part of tour groups visiting the country would no longer be able to apply for a visa on arrival. Instead, they would have to apply and pay for a visa in London prior to departure.
The decision was seen as a move to tighten security measures in Egypt, which has faced threats from Islamic militants.
The reversal came after the government faced criticism from the country’s tourism sector, which has struggled to recover from the recession and political instability.
As a result, independent travellers can still apply for a $25 (£17) visa on arrival at Luxor, Cairo, and a free entry stamp at Sharm el-Sheikh.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) welcomed the decision.
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