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Le gouvernement a décidé de relever de 15 à 25 dollars le tarif du visa égyptien délivré aux étrangers, y compris aux touristes. Cette décision prendra effet à partir de juillet prochain, selon des documents officiels publiés par les ministères du tourisme et des affaires étrangères et dont une copie a été livrée à El-Masry El-Youm.
Residents of the western cities of Salloum and Sidi Barrani blocked the highway leading to Libya in protest against new rules requiring Egyptians to apply for visas ahead of time.
According to people living in the area, the decree was announced Tuesday without warning following a five-day closure of the Salloum border crossing between Egypt and Libya. They say Egyptians must now get approval from the Libyan Embassy.
In response, demonstrating Egyptians are preventing Libyans from entering Egyptian territory and have said they will do so until visa requirements are reversed. They are also stopping vehicles loaded with goods from crossing the border.
Around 820 vehicles are currently gathered in and around the Salloum crossing awaiting entry to Libya.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)
Selon Akhbar Youm, le Ministre du tourisme égyptien a annoncé avoir obtenu l'accord du président Morsi pour l'annulation de visa d'entrée en Egypte pour les touristes marocains. Toutefois, pour être dispensés du visa, les touristes marocains devraient voyager via des agences de voyage agréées qui se chargeraient de transmettre la liste des passagers aux aéroports égyptiens.
The British Embassy in Cairo announced Wednesday a suspension on new visa applications in Cairo and Alexandria due to the "current security situation."
The embassy said on its website that visa services will resume as soon as staff members finalise the backlog of current applications. Already-submitted applications will be considered "as soon as possible."
Alistair Burt, Britain's Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, issued a press release Saturday expressing his concern about violence that erupted during protests in Cairo marking the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The briefing also included reference to unrest in Port Said.
“I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes resulting in a number of deaths and injuries, following demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution and the verdict in the Port Said court case today," the British government's official website quoted Burt as saying. (Ahram Online, via Egypt.com)