File- This file photo taken on July 14, 2018 from the panoramic observatory of the Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse) shows the sunset over Paris and the Eiffel Tower. AFP / Lucas BARIOULET
CAIRO- 2 December 2021: Egypt’s state-owned airline, EgyptAir, announced on Friday that all passengers above 12 years old, whether vaccinated or not, traveling to Paris are required to provide a negative PCR certificate or Antigen test result, maximum of 48 hours prior to the flight.
The decision was issued as part of the procedures taken by the authorities in France to contain the spread of Covid-19. The decision will be effective on the 4th of December, 2021.
The company announced, on Thursday, the suspension of its flights to and from Toronto, Canada, starting from Thursday, December 2, until further notice.
The decision was taken after Canada had barred the entry of people arriving from Egypt, in light of the precautionary measures taken to confront the spread of the mutated Omicron.
It called on its customers traveling from and to Toronto to review their bookings and amend their flight schedules by calling the Customer Service Center 1717 in Egypt or throughout EgyptAir’s offices in Egypt and around the world.
Three days ago, Presidential Health Adviser Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din announced that Egypt did not record any cases with the Omicron variant until now.
He added in televised statements that mutations and changes in viruses are ‘very natural’, whether the virus was coronavirus or any other virus.
He noted that: “Scientifically, when an individual’s personal immunity is formed with repeated infection or by receiving vaccinations, them the virus as a living organism is trying to defend itself and mutates. This is a very normal thing.”
“No matter how coronavirus has mutated. As long as we didn’t notice changes in the rates of the virus spread or symptoms and their severity, no need to concern about it.” Tag El-Din said.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the only two Middle East countries that announced the first cases of Omicron variant so far.