Egypt denies charging $1,000 fee to tourists

Egypt denies charging a fee of $1,000 to tourists

Egypt denied information about introducing a fee of $1,000 from tourists who exceeded the 3-month visa-free period of stay. The official response came amid panicky reports in local media.

The authorities stressed that such an amount appeared, but in connection with measures to legalize foreigners illegally residing in Egypt, who were given a three-month period to legalize their status, which included having a sponsor in the country and paying the specified amount.

It was clarified that Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly approved a decree that obliges foreigners living illegally in the country to follow new rules and procedures established by the Ministry of Internal Affairs business These measures include the provision of temporary residence licenses to foreigners who own real estate of a certain value. The measures included granting a five-year renewable residence permit to foreigners who owned one or more houses in Egypt worth at least $200,000, or a three-year renewable residence permit to those who owned property valued at $100,000.

To avoid misunderstandings, officials urged tourists not to trust rumors circulating on social networks and to obtain official information from trusted sources. In the meantime, the only fees tourists must pay relate to entry visas required from a number of countries.

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