The cost of tours to Egypt can be reduced by 30%. Such data are provided by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, with reference to representatives of the tourism office of Egypt in the Russian Federation and the tourism development department of the ARE.
“After the opening of regular flights with Egypt, the cost of tours for Russians will not only remain“ at the level of 2015, ”but may decrease. Tours can cost up to 30% cheaper than before the ban on flights, ”the Tourism Development Department noted.
The department explained that such a decrease is due to the devaluation of the local currency — if at the end of 2015 $ 100 cost 6’800 rubles and 1’100 Egyptian pounds, at the moment — 5’800 rubles and 1’700 Egyptian pounds.
As a result, it turns out that even if the cost of rest in Egypt remains at the level of 2015, then for Russian tourists the prices for trips to this country in rubles will decrease by at least 30%.
However, this summer the cost of tourist visas may rise. So, on February 24, a decree was promulgated to increase the cost of a tourist visa to Egypt by 2.5 times from March 1. The document says that the price of a single entry visa will increase from $ 25 to $ 60 (!!!), and a multiple entry visa — up to $ 70 — a completely unacceptable price for this tourist destination. Presumably, the reason for such measures could be the need to get at least some funds from tourists, the number of which has dropped sharply over the past year. However, the local tourism industry reacted with strong protests. As a result, the Egyptian authorities postponed the increase in the cost of entry visas from $ 25 to $ 60 on July 1, 2017.
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