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Last Saturday, news erupted that the Saudi Arabian government decided to temporarily restrict entry to the Kingdom for Egyptians due to coronavirus threat. As of today, any traveler who seeks to visit the kingdom will only be granted entry if the person has been tested for coronavirus, with official documents to prove it.
“All those who wish to come to the Kingdom using a new visa or a pre-existing valid visa from any country where there is risk of the spread of the coronavirus as determined by the Saudi health authorities is required to present a PCR lab test certificate proving that the individual is coronavirus-free. This applies to anyone who resided in those countries within a time frame of 14 days prior to entering the Kingdom,” news agency SPA cited the official as saying.
This morning, Egyptian news outlets started posting chaotic photos of hundreds of Egyptians gathered in front of the Ministry of Health and Population Central Lab as it is the only official and authorized lab in Cairo to perform the coronavirus testing. Officials called for Egyptians to avoid gathering in large numbers for the testing, especially if they still have time before their flights.
Where to get a coronavirus test in Cairo:
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is done at the Central Labs for EGP 1000 for Egyptians and $70 for foreigners. The results take four working days.
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Central Lab location:
19 Sheikh Rihan Street, Abdeen, Cairo