COVID-19 preparedness synopsis in the Red Sea and South Sinai Governorates
(Update 14 Jul 21)
The covid-19 pandemic is one of the most pressing global health problems that affect to a great extent all the life aspects. After many fluctuating waves of infections which hit many countries and lead to extra-ordinary measures, many countries are wishing to succeed in the recovery of their standard life measures, especially after the achievement of many successful steps against the virus, like the start of mass vaccination programs and after the appearance of more specific treatment like the mono-clonal antibodies, which lower the level of fear from going back to life norms. Egypt is one of few countries that adopted a balanced approach of management of COVID-19 to maintain its social, health, and economic stability and succeeded to regain many activities in a short time and to look forward to sustaining these steps in the next few months of the battle between humanity and COVID-19.
Current epidemiological situation:
Since the start of June 2021, there is a sharp decline of the COVID-19 incidence in all Egyptian governorates; also, the number of new cases in both the Red Sea and South Sinai governorates reached 0-4 cases/day, and the whole R factor for Egypt is currently 0.7 (EMRO, WHO report).
The number of dedicated beds for COVID-19 response in both governorates is 438 regular beds, 94 ICU beds, and 58 ventilators equipped beds
The number of ground ambulance cars in both governorates is 187 cars with 326 working staff, added to an air-ambulance helicopter ready for emergency evacuation to hospitals outside both governorates.
All COVID-19 tests are available at different sites starting from RNA testing using PCR, rapid antigen testing, rapid nucleic acid detection (ID NOW), IgG and IgM tests, and anti-spike tests. Adding to this, regular assessment of the viral genetic sequencing using NGS techniques allows for proper follow-up and detection of COVID-19 variants.
Egypt prioritized giving the covid-19 vaccine to all the workers in tourism in both governorates and reached a 100% vaccination level. Also, the vaccination coverage for people in South Sinai came to (70 persons/100 person) and in the Red Sea to (50 persons/ 100 person) Egypt used the WHO-approved vaccines (AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac) and started the implementation of the Sputnik V vaccine to boost the vaccination coverage; Egypt is also one of five countries that have been chosen to share in Sputnik light clinical trial.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
PRESS RELEASE (Updated 12 July 2021)
Covid Vaccination certificate allows visitors to enter Egypt without PCR test
The health procedures applied for accessing Egypt And all the updates, and the advances of the Covid Vaccination, The vaccines that are approved, and authorized by the WHO and The Egyptian Medicine Authority would be adopted in Egypt.
The passengers arriving in the country should present their vaccine certification proving that they are fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before traveling. Therefore, 14 days should have passed from the second dose of the vaccine (a 2-dose series).
As for the vaccine “Johnson and Johnson”; passengers can travel after the first dose. The vaccine certificate should be legally authorized by the passengers’ governments and having a QR code. This certification should be presented in the way how it was issued; in a good condition, not being torn, or cut, and without any added hand editing on it.
The passengers arriving from the counties that are affected by the variants of the Virus from the following countries will have additional procedures besides showing the Vaccination certification. These countries include India, Siri-Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brazil, Greece, and Latin America. The passengers, in this case, have to do the test “ID NOW COVID 19”at the airport. If they tested positive; a PCR test should be made, and the passenger should be isolated in a hospital.
As for the countries that are not affected by the variants of the virus from all the previously mentioned countries will only have to show their Vaccination certificate.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities- Egypt
Egypt adds 28 new nationalities to growing tourist e-visa list
Cairo-Egypt: 8 July, 2021 – Egypt has added 28 new countries to its list of nationalities able to obtain a tourism visa electronically as part of the country’s efforts to drive more visitors to the country.
The country now permits 74 nationalities to obtain tourism e-visas.
Ms. Ghada Shalaby, Vice Minister for Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs, said that the latest update will contribute to encouraging many tourists of different nationalities to visit Egypt.
She explains that the online e-visa portal supports 8 languages. The portal also answers many tourist inquiries and features secure electronic payment. An Egyptian tourist e-visa costs US$25 for one entry or US$60 for multiple entries. The visa is issued in a maximum of 7 days.
The Vice Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs said that the new additions to the list are expected to have a positive impact on increasing tourist numbers in Egypt.
Tourists can apply for an e-visa via this link:
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities- Egypt
I. Travel Precautionary Measures
• Starting September 1, 2020, all travelers arriving to Egypt are required to submit a recent negative PCR test result certificate for COVID-19 done in the source country within a maximum of 72 hours prior to the time of departure of their direct flight to Egypt.
• Travelers arriving from Japan, China, Thailand, North and South America, Canada, as well as London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt airports, will be allowed to submit a recent negative PCR test result certificate for COVID-19 done within a maximum of 96 hours prior to the time of departure of their flight to Egypt.
• Only travelers arriving to Sharm El-Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, and Marsa Allam International Airports, who don’t have a recent negative PCR test result certificate for COVID-19, can do the PCR test upon arrival to one of the four mentioned airports (tests are conducted by representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (at a cost of 30 USD or the
equivalent in other currencies).
• Travelers are allowed to leave the airport immediately after doing the PCR test and check in at their booked hotel. Hotels will quarantine guests who test positive for COVID-19 in separate rooms, covering the costs of lodging, food and soft drinks until their departure.