The decree on the restoration of flights with Egypt was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, January 4. At the same time, in the second paragraph of the decree, concerning restrictions for the implementation of tours, in the edited version is the following: “Refrain from selling to citizens a tourist product that provides for air transportation (including commercial) of citizens from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the exception of . Cairo «.
In fact, a new edition of the decree on the «closure of Egypt» was signed, that is, decree of November 8, 2015 No. 553 «On certain measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal and other illegal actions» where the new version states that the ban on transportation exists «with the exception of regular air transportation to Cairo.»
Similarly, for the information of the tour operator community, the second paragraph of the decree of 2015 was amended. In which the recommendation to tour operators and travel agents to refrain from selling tours to Egypt for the duration of the ban is edited as follows.
Recall that the Egyptian side announced its readiness to provide additional transportation from Cairo to the country’s resorts. However, to what extent this transportation will be permissible is an open question.
Let’s remind that Egypt is ready to open two versions of routes for Russian tourists from Cairo, the prices for them have already been calculated by both the Russian and the Egyptian sides and have not diverged much. The cost of a tour package on regular flights Moscow — Cairo will start at $ 650 — such a forecast of the Egyptian side was announced by the deputy head of the Union of Tourism Chambers of Egypt Mostafa Khelil. At the same time, he noted that the programs have already been practically developed.
“As expected, the cost of a weekly trip with accommodation in a four-star hotel with a flight from Moscow to Cairo and back will start at $ 650. Travel companies have already developed such programs, which, I believe, fully meet the needs of Russian tourists, ”said Mostafa Khelil in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Also, a representative of the Egyptian tourism officials noted that the market is at the stage of reformatting. As a result, the Egyptian tourist authorities are trying to ensure that the Russian tourist can enjoy the trip, while paying a reasonable price.
Recall, according to ATOR forecasts, the most «inconvenient» tours with a bus transfer will cost quite a lot — from 35 thousand rubles. This assessment was voiced by the executive director of ATOR Maya Lomidze. There will also be delivery by charter aircraft, these tours will be significantly more expensive.
“In the case of the delivery of tourists to resorts by buses, the transfer will take six to seven hours. True, such a tour will cost less than with domestic flights — according to a very preliminary estimate, 35-40 thousand rubles. per person, for a week in a three-star hotel on an all-inclusive basis, — said Maya Lomidze in an interview with the Moskva agency. If tourists choose an additional charter flight to the resorts of Egypt, this will add at least 12 thousand rubles to the cost, respectively, the price of the tour will be about 50 thousand rubles.
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