Egypt has imposed restrictions on women travelling to Turkey, months after introducing similar measures for men to stop them joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.

Women aged 18 to 40 are now required to obtain a security clearance before going to Turkey, a senior police officer told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

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“A security clearance can be acquired within 72 hours, and it is now mandatory for women travelling to this country (Turkey),” the officer said.

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The restriction took effect on Thursday, a Cairo airport official said.

In March, Egypt’s state-sponsored Islamic authority, Dar al-Ifta, warned women against marrying ISIL fighters who wooed them over the internet to travel to ISIL-controlled territory in Syria.

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The compulsory security clearance for men, introduced in December, applies to Libya as well as Turkey.