Egypt is poised to reopen its airports on July 1 after being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flights will resume “between Egypt and countries which have reopened their airspace”, said Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar during a news conference in Cairo. “We hope that business will resume.”

As the country reopens, the Red Sea, South Sinai and Marsa Matruh will be the first to open.

“We chose these three governorates because they are coastal, far from the main centers, and have reported the lowest numbers of virus infections,” said Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani during the briefing.

Other popular tourist sites including the pyramids at Giza, the Egyptian museum in Cairo, and Luxor’s Karnak temple will reopen progressively.

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Over 200 hotels have received permission to reopen after implementing strict health and safety measures, including spacing out dining and restricting elevator capacities.

Any establishment breaching health regulations will have this authorization revoked, the minister said, adding that the government would offer “no leniency in this area.”

Egypt also announced the relaxation of some restrictions including the night curfew and shop hours.

For more updates on new protocols, visit Recommend’s Safe Travels page. Stories about future travel can be accessed at #AmazingDaysAhead.