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Egyptian lawmaker proposes to temporarily lift entry visas for Russian tourists

Egyptian lawmaker proposes to temporarily lift entry visas for Russian tourists

The Development of Egypt’s tourism industry requires decisive steps, such as a temporary abolition of visas for Russian tourists, a member of the Egyptian parliamentary tourism and civil aviation committee said on Thursday, Sputnik International reports. 

“Measures to support tourism in Egypt are necessary. We could abolish visas for Russian tourists for some period in order to attract them to Egypt and thus contribute to development of the Egyptian economy,” Mohamed Massoud told the Egyptian Al Ghad news portal. The cost of a visiting visa for Russian citizens is $25.

Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt after an Airbus A321 plane flying to St. Petersburg crashed on the Sinai Peninsula soon after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh on October 31, 2015, killing all 224 people aboard. Russia subsequently qualified the incident as a terrorist act.

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