Εntrance into Egypt
In order to enter the country you need to have a passport which is valid for at least 6 months as well as a visa for Egypt. Nowadays, this is an easy procedure which can be done electronically without visiting the country’s embassy. Alternatively you can issue a visa upon arrival at the airport.
The following nations can visit Egypt without a visa for 3 months:
|Saudi Arabia||United Arab Emirates||Malaysia|
*Malaysians can only stay for 14 days
Free entry is also available to the following nations under certain conditions:
Afghanistan so long as the members of this nation are above 50 or 16 and under.
Algeria upon the condition that members are 14 years old and under.
China upon the condition that one has a return ticket or another destination following Egypt, and proof of a hotel booking in a 4 or 5 star hotel equivalent to 2000USD
Libya upon the condition one is female or for members of Butnan on Sundays and Mondays.
Jordan if one has a passport which is valid for 5 years.
Morocco upon the condition one is 14 years old or under.
Sudan upon the condition one is female above 50 years old or 16 and under.
Tunisia upon the condition one is 14 years old and under.
Yemen upon the condition one is over 50 or 16 and under or is travelling for health purposes.
From December 2017 the members of the following nations may apply electronically for a visa:
| All members of |
the European Union
|Ιceland||Japan||North Korea||South Korea|
|The United Kingdom|| The United States |
HOW TO APPLY
The procedure is very simple so you don’t have to pay a travelling bureau to do this for you.
Initially you go into the platform here.
You then fill in all the personal information that is asked. They will also ask where you are staying so it’s a good idea to have booked your accommodation in advance, and you will also send the photo that is requested together with your passport. Pay for the amount online with your credit or debit card and the confirmation will arrive electronically. In the electronic declaration there are two different options for single or multiple entry visas whereas in the visa upon arrival you can only obtain a single entry visa (one entry), so it’s better to get the multiple visa if you are planning to visit Egypt again within the next 6 months.
HOW MUCH IT WILL COST
The cost of the electronic visa comes to $25 for a single entry (one entry), whereas for the multiple entry (many entries) it comes to $60. There is an added fee to the above prices (application fees), so the price goes up a little. This is for evaluation that your application has been filled in correctly before being submitted to the Egyptian authorities, when it will be too late to correct.
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THE DURATION OF THE VISA
Processing the information will take 5-6 working days until everything has been evaluated and identified as valid and there may also be a few corrections. It is advisable to obtain the visa at least one week before travelling. The single entry is valid for 30 days just like the visa upon arrival, whereas the multiple entry visa is valid for 60 days (in other words you can stay for 30 days at each visit).
Personal fact: Fortunate in my misfortune I had applied for a visa 2 months prior to travelling, and I received an email that my passport information was not discernible so I had to send everything again. The whole procedure took more than 2 weeks, so please take care of official matters like this early on.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE ΕGYPT E-VISA
✔Reduced waiting time at the airport
✔There is the opportunity to obtain a multiple entry visa if needed.
✔One doesn’t need to have cash in the right currency at the airport.
❌ More expensive to obtain
Visa Upon Arrival
Members of the nations below can obtain a visa upon arrival at any airport in Egypt.
| All members of the European |
|South Korea||New Zealand||Northern Macedonia|
|The United Kingdom||The Unites States of America|
You can obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport where you see the sign `Visa on Arrival΄ and wait in the queue.
You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months with at least two blank pages and pay the equivalent price.
HOW MUCH IT WILL COST
The cost of the visa upon arrival comes to $25 USD. For quite some time the only acceptable currency was USD, but since 2019 they also accept ΕURO € and British pounds GBP. Credit and debit cards are not acceptable so make sure you have cash on you in the above acceptable currencies.
THE DURATION OF THE VISA
The visa is valid for 30 days
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF OBTAINING A VISA UPON ARRIVAL
✔ Low cost
✔ Convenient for last minute trips
✔ Convenient for those who don’t manage electronic applications so well.
❌ You need immediate cash in the acceptable currency.
❌ If many people are queuing you lose valuable time.
❌ You can only obtain a single entry visa.
More information on Egypt in our article here.
Finally, if you have arranged a trip to the Sinai Peninsula you do not need to obtain a visa. Upon arrival you will be given a sticker for free if you are travelling to the well known Sarm el Seik or are continuing on to Dahab, Nuweiba or Tampa and remaining in those places for no more than 14 days. This is very convenient if you are just staying for a few days in each of these destinations at tourist resorts.