Egypt has extended the period of permitted stay for tourists, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced during a cabinet meeting.

Egypt Independent reports the decision allows tourists to extend their permitted length of stay – originally 90 days per entry – to a maximum of five years.

Madbouly said the extension must be done through the Northeast African country’s consulates around the world or through the electronic visa portal.

Tourists from the US, the UK and the Schengen Area will receive a discount if they arrive in Luxor in southern Egypt from June to August as part of the “Summer in Upper Egypt” initiative.

The first phase of the e-visa project was completed last June. This programme includes 46 countries and an electronic visa application system for multiple nationalities.

Egypt’s e-visa is a single-entry visa and valid for a maximum of 30 days. It is mandatory for travellers wishing to visit country for tourism, business and transit purposes.

Egypt hopes to attract tourists from around the world to the country. By facilitating the procedures for issuing visas, the government also hopes to increase investment flows and feed the trade sector.

To obtain an e-visa, a valid passport is required for at least six months from the date of issue.

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