The Maritime Transport Sector of Egypt’s Ministry of Transport issued a statement regarding the procedures that are currently being implemented to maximize yacht tourism in Egypt. The minister is launching a single digital platform called Single-Window for Yacht Tourism for foreign yachts to simplify these procedures.
Through the digital window platform the owner of the yacht or his representative can enter the data of the yacht and the passengers, upload the required documents, the arrival time, the port in which the docking is required, and the entire trip itinerary.
The digital window then automatically sends the information to the concerned authorities to review the required data, documents and interviews and send their approvals to the official window website to issue the approval within 30 minutes.
The new online platform will be linked to the official websites of the Passports, Emigration and Nationality Department at the interior ministry as well as the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) to help passengers aboard yachts obtain an electronic entry visa in a smooth way.
The window will then issue an invoice for the foreign yacht to be redeemed electronically in US dollars, before the process usually required a period of 15 to 30 days.
This is within Egypt’s framework to increase tourist numbers and promote Egypt as a tourist destination. The ministry of transport is currently coordinating the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to launch a marketing campaign to advertise tourist ports and marinas along the Egyptian coastlines with the aim of boosting yacht and ship tourism.
Source : Egypt Today