CAIRO: Egyptian Authorities postponed Thursday the implementation of a controversial decision to end the visa upon arrival system for individuals.
“The Foreign Affairs Ministry has postponed the implementation of the new visa system following extensive consultations and discussions between the state’s stakeholders and chairmen of several travel agencies,” according to a foreign ministry statement Thursday.
On March 17, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that all travelers planning to enter Egypt, whether it be for business or tourism, would be required to obtain a visa from an Egyptian consulate or Embassy prior to departure from their home countries. It added the decision would enter into force May 15, 2015.
The proposed e-visa system would enable applicants to obtain their visas electronically after entering required information. Currently, those arriving for tourism from most European countries as well as the United States are able to purchase visas valid for one month at the Cairo Airport, which may then be extended in-country.
“The application of the new visa system will coincide with the implementation of the electronic visa system,” the ministry said Thursday, without mentioning any further details about the timeline of implementation.