Germany eases travel alert to South Sinai
Tourists in South Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: German Ambassador to Egypt Hansjörg Habar announced Sunday his country has eased travel alert to attractions and resorts in Egypt’s South Sinai, Youm7 reported.

“The decision includes road transfers through South Sinai’s resort cities of Dahab, Nuweiba along with sightseeing to the St. Catherine Monastery,” said Habar.

The move comes days before ITB BERLIN 2015, Germany’s International Tourism Bourse, scheduled for March 4 – 8. It is expected to pop up tourism industry in the Red Sea area, said Harbar.

The decision is also due to coordinated efforts between the Egyptian ministries of tourism and foreign affairs, and ongoing talks with the EU to lift the travel ban to holiday destinations in the Red Sea, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou was quoted by Al-Ahram Sunday.

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-Adaweya and 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.

In October 2014, the German Foreign Ministry has eased its travel ban on Nile cruise excursions sailing between Luxor and Aswan. The decision followed the conclusion of the annual Quality Tourism Alliance (QTA), Germany’s biggest tourism fair, which was held in Luxor from Oct. 17 to 18.

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.

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