I. Travel Precautionary Measures

a) On-board Egyptian Airlines

• Aircrafts are rigorously disinfected before each flight.

• Wearing face masks inside the aircraft is mandatory (passengers and flight attendants).

• Only dry meals and canned drinks are served.

• Universal Protection Kits containing disinfectants, gloves, and face masks are made available

(with spare quantities with the flight crew).

• Distribution of printed publications (newspapers, magazines, etc…) is prohibited onboard.

• A specific area is allocated in the aircraft for passengers with chronic diseases who are

unable to wear the face mask for long periods of time.

• The last two rows in the aircraft are allocated to passengers showing symptoms of illness

during the flight. A flight attendant will be assigned to attend on them and a separate toilet

for their use.

b) Arrival at Egyptian Airports

• Regular sterilization and disinfection of airports is carried out.

• Employees and staff members are to follow all health and safety regulations.

• Wearing face masks is mandatory inside all airport facilities.

• Physical distancing is to be maintained.

• Temperature of all travelers and airport staff is to be checked.

• Disinfection of luggage before being placed on the luggage conveyor belt.

II. General Regulations for Hospitality Establishments, Archeological  Sites, and Museums

Operation Regulations

• Obtaining the "Hygiene Safety Certificate" given by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in

coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population and the relevant Tourism Chamber,

and complying with the new set regulations, are prerequisites for hospitality establishments

to operate.

• Regular monitoring of hospitality establishments will be carried out by joint committees

between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the relevant Tourism Chamber, and

international consulting firms specialized in the field of hygiene.

• Violating any of the set regulations will result in the suspension of the establishment's license.

• The manager of the hospitality establishment will sign a declaration of commitment to the

set regulations, and any violation will result in severe penalties.

• Information of the hygiene and safety regulations will be made available to all guests and

visitors of the establishment.

Cleaning and Disinfection

• Regular disinfection of all public places and all touch points is carried out.

• Hand sanitizers are provided in all places.

• Regular cleaning of furniture and fabrics in hotels and tourism establishments is carried out.

• Proper ventilation is maintained, in addition to compliance with the requirements of the

Ministry of Health and Population regarding central air conditioning.

• Safe disposal of waste according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Population,

and the Ministry Environment is a must.

• Disinfection of laundry sinks is carried out daily.


• Regular disinfection of toilets and all touch points and is carried out.

• Proper ventilation is maintained.

• Sanitizers and liquid soap are constantly available.

• Only paper towels are provided.

• Only trash cans with foot pedals are provided.


• Physical distancing inside elevators is maintained with floor signs.

• Elevator attendants and guests must wear face masks inside the elevator.

• Regular disinfection of elevators and all touch points inside it is carried out.

III. Hygiene and Safety Measures for Staff Members of Hospitality

Establishments, Archeological Sites and Museums

• Hospitality establishments operate with a maximum of 50% of their total workforce (until

further notice).

• Staff members in coastal governorates are quarantined after returning from their leave and

there is an interval of at least (60) days between leaves.

• Staff members will have their temperatures checked daily.

• Separate housing is provided for staff members of the hotel, taking into consideration physical

distancing, and providing isolation areas for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases among

staff members (mild cases only).

• Staff members with contagious or chronic diseases are not to be employed.

• Staff members are trained and educated on symptoms and preventive measures of COVID-19.

• The hotel management should be immediately notified in case any staff member or guest

shows symptoms of COVID-19.

• Staff members are provided with personal protection equipment (including sanitizers, masks,


• Wearing face masks during working hours is mandatory.

IV. Hotels Regulations

1- Receiving Guests

• Guests will have their temperatures checked every time they enter the hotel.

• Luggage is disinfected before check-in.

• Floor signs are placed to maintain physical distancing.

• Electronic payment is encouraged.

2- Accommodation

• Room capacity is 2 adults + 2 children (less than 12 years old).

• Personal Protection Kits (containing personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves,

and hand sanitizers) are provided in rooms for each guest.

• Rooms are disinfected and properly ventilated for 12 hours between check-out and


• Rooms and bathrooms are properly ventilated and disinfected daily.

• Furniture and fabrics are disinfected using steam machines.

• Linens and towels are washed at high temperatures.

3- Gym and Health Clubs

• Touch points and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly, and equipment are adequately


• Showering is not allowed in the gym or health club.

• Use of Jacuzzi, sauna, steam, and massage services is suspended until further notice.

4- Swimming Pools and Beaches in Hotels

• Swimming pools and beaches are open for guests.

• Regular disinfection of swimming pools is carried out.

• Cleansing the area around the beach and pool (including tables, deck chairs, sunbeds, etc…)

after every use, as well as before and after operating hours is carried out.

• Sunbeds are placed 2 meters apart.

• Beach and pool towels are delivered to rooms.

• Recreational activities on beaches and at swimming pools are reduced.

5- Casinos

• Casinos inside hotels are allowed to operate at 50% of their total capacity, maintaining regular

disinfection of the area and all touch points, providing personal protection equipment to

guests and ensuring safe physical distancing.

6- Parties and Social Events

• Parties, social gatherings and events are not allowed in hotels.

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7- Clinics and Hospitals

• Hotels have an on-call doctor and a clinic.

• Well-equipped hospitals (public and private) are in close vicinity.

8- Dealing with Tourists, in Hotels, Who Test Positive with COVID-19

• Tourists should notify the hotel management or doctor immediately in case they show any

symptoms of COVID-19.

• Hotel management is to report any positive case detected to the Ministry of Health and Population.

• A designated floor in every hotel (or area within the vicinity) is allocated for the quarantine

of minor, non-critical or suspected cases.

• The hotel will cover the cost of lodging, food and drinks of the minor and non-critical cases

of tourists testing positive with COVID-19.

• Rooms occupied by guests who test positive with COVID-19, will undergo deep cleaning

and disinfection, without ordering the hotel into quarantine.

• Critical cases of tourists testing positive with COVID-19 are taken to the hospital.

• The Ministry of Health and Population will cover the cost of medication and treatment of

tourists testing positive with COVID-19 until their full recovery.

• Close contacts sharing room with the positive case will undergo a free medical examination

by the Ministry of Health and Population, and should adhere to all the precautionary

measures. They are allowed to stay at the hotel with no extra charges (should they wish to).

• Tourists testing positive with COVID-19 and wish to travel back to their source country do

so at their own responsibility. They should coordinate with their travel agent and take all the

precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Health and Population.

• Tourists testing positive with COVID-19 can take an alternative flight in coordination with

their travel agent in case of arrival on charter flights. In case of arrival on Egyptian airlines,

the alternative flight will be provided (on the same airline initially booked) with no penalty.

V. Restaurants (inside and outside Hotels)

1- Dining Hall

• Queuing at the entrance is reduced by pre-booking (via electronic applications, telephone,

or other means).

• Temperature of every guest is checked before entrance.

• Electronic payment is encouraged.

• "Open Buffet" is not allowed. "Served Buffet" is allowed keeping safe physical distancing.

• Tables are placed 2 meters apart, with 1 meter between people on the same table with a

maximum of 6 per table.

• Using disposable cutlery (as much as possible).

• Hand sanitizers are placed on tables.

• Fabric table cloth is changed and thoroughly washed after each use.

• Shisha is prohibited.

• Parties and social events are not allowed in restaurants.

• Kids areas are closed.

• Take-away service is allowed maintaining physical distancing. Customers’ presence is limited

only to order, pay, and then wait outside the restaurant for their order.

2- Kitchens

• Kitchens are thoroughly cleaned, properly ventilated, and disinfected on a daily basis.

• Physical distancing between kitchen workers is maintained.

• Workers should adhere to all hygiene standards (wearing face masks and gloves, and

consistently washing hands with soap and water).

• International food safety and quality standards are adhered to.

• Only trash cans with foot pedals are used.

All of the above operating regulations of hotels and restaurants also apply to Eco-lodges.

VI. Regulations of Tourist Activities

1- Diving and Water Sports Activities

A) Staff

• All staff members are trained and educated on symptoms and necessary preventive measures

related to COVID-19.

• Temperature of staff members is checked daily.

• Wearing face masks is mandatory.

• Wearing gloves is a must for all employees working in the cleaning and hygiene department,

kitchen, tanks filling station, maintenance and cleaning of the diving gear.

• The interval between vacations for each worker is at least 60 days.

B) Dive, Snorkeling and Water Sports Centers

• Hand sanitizers are provided.

• Disposable pens are used.

• Only staff members and divers are allowed on board.

• Electronic and online payments are encouraged.

• Tables are placed 2 meters apart and chairs are placed 1 meter apart inside training rooms.

• Customers are encouraged to use their own diving and snorkeling gears.

• Regular cleaning of surfaces and touch points is carried out using Sodium Hypochlorite,

Oxygen Peroxide and alcohol at 70% concentration.

• Multilingual instructional posters for COVID-19 prevention and precautionary measures are

placed in different areas.

• A registry of customers and crew onboard is kept.

C) Disinfecting Diving, Snorkeling and Water Sports Gear and Equipment

• All equipment (regulator, mask and snorkel, BCD and diving suit) are disinfected by soaking

them in water containing 10% chlorine-containing bleach by adding a quarter cup of chlorine

bleach to 4.95 liters of water. If the chorine-containing bleach is 5% concentration ratio, add

a half cup of chlorine bleach to 4.9 liters of water.

• All gears are cleaned, sanitized and disinfected after every single use. Used equipment that

have not been cleaned are kept separate from the clean ones.

• Water sports operations should exchange the equipment frequently to avoid use of the same


• Customers should not share their gear with others, and they are responsible for cleaning

their own gear.

• Equipment used in water sports activities such as in kite surfing, wind surfing, parasailing

and water skiing are washed with water and left to dry in the sun for over 1 hour.

D) Onboard of Safari or Daily Boats

• Boats are allowed to operate at 50% of their total guest capacity.

• Guests’ temperatures are checked before embarking.

• Wearing face masks is obligatory.

• Regular cleaning of surfaces and touch points is carried out using chlorine-containing bleach

“Sodium hypochlorite”, Hydrogen peroxide and alcohol with a 70% concentration ratio.

• Customers are encouraged to use their own towels, cutlery and tableware onboard.

• Disposable cutlery is used.

• Physical distancing is maintained while going in and out of the water. It is not allowed to

have more than two people on the stern platform (lower back deck).

• First-aid kits, antipyretics and adequate protective equipment are provided.

• Ordering food onboard is from a set menu (kitchens onboard will follow the above mentioned


E) Precautionary Measures When a Positive COVID-19 is onboard a Safari

Boat or "Liveaboard"

• One cabin is allocated onboard all boats for quarantine, avoiding the cabin where the boat

emergency exit is located at the bottom of the “liveaboard”.

• If any guest or worker shows any COVID-19 symptoms, they should inform the boat crew

and isolate themselves in the designated quarantine cabin immediately.

• Use of ACs inside the boat cabins is minimized in order to allow fresh air to circulate regularly.

2- Desert Safari Trips

• Operating at 50% of the total capacity, maintaining regular disinfection of the vehicles used

and all touch points, providing personal protection equipment to customers and staff, and

ensuring safe physical distancing.

• Wearing face masks is required for customers and staff.

• Allowing only canned drinks and meals that are pre-prepared in establishments that acquired

the "Hygiene Safety Certificate".

3- Tourist Commodities Shops

• Gloves and face masks are provided to customers and disposed of safely.

• Floor signs are placed to maintain physical distancing.

• Signs instructing clients not to touch the exhibits are placed inside the shop.

VII- Regulations for the Means of Transportation for Tourists (Bus,

Limousine, Golf Cars)

• Operating with a maximum of 50% capacity, leaving a vacant seat next to each passenger on

a bus and in golf cars, with a maximum of 2 passengers in a limousine.

• Passengers are not allowed to sit in the front seats of limousines and golf cars.

• Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are provided, thorough cleaning, disinfection and proper

ventilation is carried out before and after each trip.

• Passengers and drivers are obliged to wear face masks at all times during the journey.

VIII. Regulations for Visiting Archeological Sites and Museums

• Disinfection of archeological sites and museums is carried out daily, before opening hours,

under the supervision of a team of conservators and curators.

• Temperature of visitors and employees is checked before entering archeological sites and


• Safe physical distancing is maintained (at least 1 meter).

Tourist Groups and Excursions

1. Tourist groups shall not exceed 25 people (until further notice). Tour guides are requiried to

wear face masks and use audio equipment inside museums. Ear pieces are sterilized after

each use.

2. Tourism companies should provide face masks to tourists.

3. Physical distancing is maintained during visits to museums and archeological sites.

4. The maximum number of visitors allowed inside museums and indoor archeological sites is:

• 200 visitors per hour in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and 100 visitors per hour in all

other museums.

• 10 - 15 visitors inside any pyramid or tomb (depending on its dimensions).

5. Schools, universities and governmental organizations’ trips must be pre-notified to archeological

sites and museums, at least 48 hours prior to the planned visit, with no more than 15 persons

per trip, with a maximum of 5 trips per day.