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Authorities follow up on cashless payment system at Egypt’s archeological sites

The Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Digital Transformation, Khaled Sherif visited Luxor Governorate on Friday to follow up on implementing the comprehensive shift towards cashless payments in archaeological sites and museums.

Sherif explained that this phase includes nine archaeological sites in the city of Luxor – namely the Karnak, Luxor, and Hatshepsut temples, as well as Valley of the Kings, and Valley of the Queens, and Qurna, and Sphinx Avenue ticket outlets.

He added that the phase also includes the Luxor and mummification museums, where entry tickets are purchased using bank cards and not through cash.

Payment using bank cards to purchase tickets was introduced in some archaeological sites and museums, namely the Giza pyramids, the Salah Eddin al-Ayyubi Citadel, the Unfinished Obelisk, the temples of Edfu, Philae, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel, Nubia and the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities issued a statement earlier in June regarding which archaeological sites and museums now apply cashless payment system to purchase entry tickets and covered the most prominent methods of payment – whether for individual visitors or tourism companies.

In recent years the ministry has begun implementing a payment system using bank cards of all kinds to purchase tickets to visit some archaeological sites and museums.

Cash payments are suspended in full, so that dealings must be done cashless.

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