Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani has met with Greece’s Ambassador in Cairo Nikolaos Garilidis to discuss ways to enhance tourism and archaeological cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides also exchanged experiences, especially in light of the gradual reopening of tourism in Greece.
El-Anani and Garilidis also discussed the possibility of cooperation in scientific research, and the conduct of joint archaeological missions.
They reviewed the possibility of coordination regarding the preparation of joint tourism programmes between the two countries, especially in cruise tourism.
Greece officially restarted tourism on 14 May, with the country reopening to international visitors who have a proof of vaccination against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or who have proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test.
Meanwhile, Egypt suspended international flights at all its airports nationwide on 19 March 2020, as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The country only resumed inbound flights on 1 July 2020 to the three main tourism governorates, as part of a first stage, namely the Red Sea, South Sinai, and Matrouh. Tourism activities to Luxor and Aswan resumed in early September, with floating hotels allowed to resume work on 1 October.