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Egypt Increases Fees for Tourist Visas by More than 100%

Tourists who want to visit the country of Pharaohs will now pay $60 instead of $25.

Entering Egypt will now cost tourists $60, more than double the current price of an entry visa to the country of Pharaohs, set at $25. The increase will be applicable starting March 1st, Al Ahram Online reported.

According to tourism operators, the raise will bring about negative effects to an already ailing industry, which has been experiencing an all-time low since the 2011 revolt.  Operators say that the decision will cause problems for tourists who booked trips based on the old rate, and that the measure should have been announced several months beforehand.  

According to the Central Bank of Egypt, the country’s revenues from tourism dropped 44.3 percent in 2016, leaving $3.4 billion, far below the $11 billion in revenues the sector generated in 2010.

Egypt had already increase entry fees in April 2014, when they were raised from $15 to $25.