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CAIRO - 27 October 2022: The Egyptian Antiquities Protection Law prohibits visiting an archaeological site or museum without obtaining a permit, and it also prohibits climbing an antiquity without obtaining a permit to do so.
According to Article 45 bis of the Antiquities Protection Law, as amended by Law No. 20 of 2020, a penalty of imprisonment for a period of no less than one month, and a fine of no less than ten thousand pounds, and not more than one hundred thousand pounds, or one of these two penalties, shall be imposed on anyone who is found in an archaeological site or Museums, without obtaining a permit, as well as those who climb antiquities without obtaining a permit to do so.
Article 45 bis of the Antiquities Protection Law stipulates that the penalty shall be doubled if the two acts referred to are accompanied by an act contrary to morals.
It is worth noting that the Antiquities Protection Law aims with this penalty to criminalize some phenomena that have spread, such as sneaking without permission to an archaeological site or museum, and climbing antiquities without a license from the competent authority.
The Antiquities Protection Law aims to adopt the principle of special jurisdiction in order to preserve antiquities and follow the approach of many countries, and to achieve deterrence, both public and private, in the matter of perpetrators of violations stipulated in the legislation.