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Canada warns against travel to Egypt, calling it a ‘high risk’ country

The Canadian federal government issued a travel warning that included a number of countries such as Egypt.

Canada warned its citizens against traveling to Egypt, classifying it as a high risk country due to deteriorating security conditions and the spread of terrorism, but excluded Cairo.

The warning was issued on August 31 after Egypt recently imposed an entry visa on Canadian citizens, even those holding Egyptian identity documents.

This move will negatively impact on Canadian and western tourism to Egypt.

The Canadian travel warning, published on the Canadian government’s website, addressed Egypt’s security situation and specified a high degree of risk in the regions of North Sinai and Western Sahara.

Egypt applied new regulations regarding entry visas for Canadian citizens, effective October 1 according to which the issuance of emergency visas will be stopped at all Egyptian ports for Canadians.

Holders of a Canadian passport will be required to obtain a visa prior to visiting Egypt from Egyptian embassies or consulates.

The measure follows after the Canadian government banned granting immediate visas for Egyptians.

Source: Egyptian Independent

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