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Egypt will charge ‘development tax’ for tourists at certain airports

May 13, 2014

luxor_airportInspite of multiple countries issuing travel warnings to Egypt, extreme travelers still prefer to visit the land of pyramids. So after increasing the tourist visa fee from $15 to $20 this May, the Ministry of Tourism announced that beginning June this year, there will be a development tax of $7 on tourists arriving in airports in Alexandria, South Sinai, Hurghada, Luxor and Aswan.

The fee, which would not be applied in Marsa Alam International Airport, would be enforced for six months.

With a declining economy that depends heavily on tourism, Egypt is losing money to the travel warnings and lesser tourists. The officials are hoping to generate some revenue out of this fee because Sinai, Luxor and Alexandria remain top travel destinations for European, Russian and Chinese tourists.

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