In article BF banner

Egypt to Close Airports, Sterilise Hotels due to Coronavirus

cairo airport title

Egypt's airports are to close due to coronavirus outbreak (Photo: MikeDotta/Shutterstock.com)

In what will be a major blow to Egypt's long-suffering tourist industry, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli announced on Monday that the country's airports will be closed from Thursday, 19 March and air travel suspended until at least 31 March.

'These measures are pre-emptive and precautionary in order to ensure that the crisis will not develop as has happened in other countries,' said Madbouli in a press conference in Cairo. 'The aim of this decision is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.'

The prime minister also announced that while the airports remain closed, tourist facilities and hotels will be disinfected. 

Egypt's economy relies heavily on tourism, which was severely impacted after the 2015 bombing of a Russian Metrojet leaving Sharm El Sheikh, and the closure of the airports will no doubt come as a bitter blow to Egyptian tour operators. While the Covid-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the global trade in travel and tourism, the announcement will cause further dismay within the British market, which resumed flights to Sharm El Sheikh less than six months ago.

At the time of Monday's announcement, Egypt had recorded 150 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and three deaths. The Egyptian government has already taken preventative measures including the closure of schools and universities, and shortening prayer time.

 

 

mulipack
 
THREE AMAZING DIVE eBOOKS - FREE

Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection f real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii • The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro • Mass Spawning Events in Palau

Right Module BF 2020 CR

Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

sidebar philippines sidebar bahamas sidebar mexico sidebar fiji sidebar st helena 2020 Sidebar Egypt sidebar banner sabah sidebar banner belize sidebar banner south africa

DIVE Partners

sidebar banner egypt new ceningan divers ad 300x100 LH 300 min giphy subex Wakatobi Siladen Aggressor Fisheye Dive Worldwide gozo banner Arenui

Latest Articles

Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below


PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final

Like what you see?

Join us on social and keep updated daily...