Egypt will require all travelers arriving in the country to present a negative Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) lab test result starting September 1.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly made the announcement in a news conference on Wednesday, according to the state-run Al-Ahram news agency.
Madbouly said the decision to require the test for all travelers came due to “increasing infections in some countries,” according to Al-Ahram.
“We are keen on ensuring the health of those arriving in the country and Egyptian citizens, therefore we agreed that any traveler arriving in the country should be tested,” he said.
Egypt shut its airspace in March but resumed regular international flights gradually from July 1, Al-Ahram reported.
Foreign tourists are currently allowed entry only into the three coastal Egyptian governorates with the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country -- South Sinai, Red Sea, and Matrouh, according to the news agency.