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Tourists from Russia to be Allowed to Pay in Rubles

Egyptian authorities have developed a range of measures to attract

Egyptian authorities are considering the possibility to extend the abolition of the visa regime for the collection of Russian tourists during the summer period, a spokesman of the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt Mohamed Salem, RIA “Novosti”.

Due to the fact that the flow of tourists from Russia to Egypt at the end of the year fell by almost half the country’s authorities have decided to cancel the January to 15 30 April 2015, the fee for entry visas for 25 per person. According to the Egyptian authorities, thanks to this measure, the number of purchased in Russia tours to Egypt would grow to 20%.

“Currently, active negotiations in order to extend this practice to a longer period, perhaps for the summer season,” – said Salem at the meeting with Russian journalists in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The official said that after visiting Egypt, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the government and especially the Ministry of Tourism are trying to do everything possible to precisely Russian tourists in Egypt feel as comfortable as possible.

“Among the decisions approved by the Ministry of Tourism is worth noting that in Egypt Russians will be able to pay in rubles. This is also done in the hope that the Russian guests could feel in our country as comfortable as possible, “- said the representative of the Ministry.

Salem said that in the near future, the Ministry of Tourism will announce new measures to attract to the maximum number of Russian tourists.

Recall, 9-10 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt and discussed a wide range of issues with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

As for the rest of Russians in Egypt, in January control of Egypt for Migration issued a decree according to which from January 15 30 April tourists from Russia are exempt from paying the visa fee at the border.

In addition, Egyptian authorities announced their readiness to move to settlements in rubles. It was noted that the situation in the fall of the Russian national currency such a move would be an incentive to support the tourist flow from Russia.