CAIRO: The German Foreign Ministry has eased its travel ban on Nile cruise excursions sailing between Luxor and Aswan, according to a statement on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page Sunday.
The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin said the decision came following ‘intensified talks’ with the German officials to modify its travel ban on Upper Egypt, according to the statement.
The decision follows the conclusion of the annual Quality Tourism Alliance (QTA), Germany’s biggest tourism fair, which was held in Luxor from Oct. 17 to 18.
Germany, along with other European countries imposed a complete travel ban to Egypt following the deadly clashes following the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawya and Al Nahda squares in August 2013.
However, over the past few months and due to a slight improvement in Egypt’s security status, many European countries, including Germany, have begun lifting travel bans to parts of Egypt. Many have lifted their travel ban to the Sinai, but still impose it on Cairo and Upper Egypt.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, travel advisories issued for the Sinai Peninsula caused tourism revenues to decrease in the first quarter of 2014 to $1.3 billion, down 43 percent from the same period in 2013.