Can a Red Zone Country Give a Green Light to Tourism in Sinai?

Source: The Institute for National Security Studies

Author(s): Ofir Winter, Tomer Fadlon, Yoram Schweitzer

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In early July 2020, Egypt opened its borders in an effort to renew international tourism and stimulate its economy, initially in three governorates, including South Sinai. Egypt is not excluding the entry of tourists from red zone countries, but the Taba border crossing is still closed on the Israeli side. Moreover, the travel warning issued by Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, which noted that “the severe threat of carrying out terrorist attacks against tourists in the Sinai Peninsula continues,” has been joined by health concerns in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel and Egypt have a mutual interest in cooperation in the realm of tourism, but implementation will require increased coordination between the two countries in order to develop responses to the current security and medical challenges.

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