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CAIRO – 8 April 2017: The Sudanese government decided Friday to impose an entry-visa on male Egyptian citizens, aged 18 to 50, who seek to enter the country, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qaribullah Khedr said in a press statement.
The statement said the decision comes within periodical procedures to monitor and evaluate the entrance of travellers to Sudan.
Visas to enter Sudan, which will be free of charge, according to Khedr’s announcement to
, can be obtained from Sudanese embassies and consulates. Women, children and males over 50 will be exempt from this procedure.
Media have reported that aviation companies at Cairo International Airport were notified of the measures by Khartoum airport authorities last Thursday, saying passengers without visas will be deported back home.
Khedr confirmed Sudan’s obligation to the agreements struck between Egypt and his country that stipulate facilitating procedures for Egyptians to enter and stay in Sudan.
In 2004, Egypt and Sudan signed the
, which grants Egyptians and Sudanese freedom of movement, residence, work and ownership in either country.
Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been shaky since March 2017, when Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Belal Othman was quoted in a
as saying that his country's pyramids is 2000 years older than Egypt’s.
The conference followed a campaign launched by some Egyptian media outlets ridiculing Sudan’s cultural monuments after a
by the Queen Mother of Qatar, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, to the pyramids of Meroe.