Egypt Entry and Travel Requirements
Entry requirements to Egypt are a set of rules that determine the procedure to enter Egypt without any problems. These regulations also include necessary documents that tourists must prepare for their planned trip.
Some of the most important documents required when traveling to Egypt are a valid visa and passport. Visa requirements may vary depending on the traveler's nationality.
The Egyptian government has made it easier for tourists from most countries around the world to enter Egypt by introducing an electronic visa system. Currently, the list of eVisa eligible countries includes more than 180 nationalities. Travelers whose nationalities are not listed as well as those who need to visit Egypt for non-tourism purposes or for a longer period of time will need to apply for an embassy visa. Additionally, citizens of certain visa-exempt countries, mainly members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, can enter Egypt without a visa for short-term stays.
Egypt welcomes all international tourists, as well as Egyptian citizens and residents who wish to stay in Egypt. In the current context of the coronavirus pandemic, the country has introduced certain protective measures to control the spread of new Covid-19 infections. Before your trip, be sure to check recent immigration regulations so you can arrive in Egypt smoothly.
Egyptian health authorities may conduct random health and temperature checks and require all travelers to wear face coverings at the airport.
In June 2022, Egyptian authorities decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions on visitors to Egypt, regardless of their vaccination status.
Egypt Travel Requirements
Egypt welcomes the return of all foreign visitors as well as Egyptian citizens and residents returning to Egypt, with minimum entry and travel requirements remaining in place.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test certificate in paper form with the traveler's unique QR code. Children under six years of age, as well as all fully vaccinated travelers, may waive the testing requirement.
Another requirement that all travelers must meet, regardless of their vaccination status, is to have a medical declaration and full Egyptian travel insurance that covers Covid-19 for the entire duration of their stay. accommodation period.
Travelers from high-risk countries and those who develop symptoms of Covid-19 during their stay may be quarantined during their stay in Egypt (depending on vaccination status their). In addition to other entry requirements applicable to Covid-19, Egypt requires certain visitors to obtain a travel permit in the form of a regular visa, eVisa or visa on arrival. Additionally, travelers from the 10 designated countries must have approval from the State Security Agency in addition to their visa.
Restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions in Egypt are operating as usual and face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
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Unvaccinated travelers, including Egyptian citizens and residents, must take a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their intended arrival in Egypt.
Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the testing requirement.
Please note! Travelers from the following countries may present a PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival due to long travel and transit times:
- North America
- South America
- London Heathrow
The Egyptian government has stipulated that only paper forms of PCR tests performed will be accepted upon arrival. Remember to print your test results and bring a printout with your unique QR code to the airport.
The Egyptian government does not require incoming visitors to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. However, fully vaccinated travelers may bypass all testing and quarantine requirements currently in effect.
To be considered fully vaccinated by Egyptian authorities, you must have received your last dose of vaccine no earlier than 14 days before your expected arrival. Vaccination must be administered through one of the approved vaccines:
- Johnson and Johnson,
- Moderna, Pfizer,
- Sinovac or Sputnik V
Travelers arriving in Egypt from high-risk areas or areas with variants of concern may be asked to take a PCR test upon arrival. If the test results are positive, these travelers will have to undergo a quarantine period in Egypt.
Vaccinated travelers arriving in Egypt from high-risk countries can bypass existing additional testing and quarantine requirements.
Traveling from Egypt
Egyptian citizens and residents traveling abroad from Egypt to other countries are subject to entry regulations enforced by foreign governments.
Remember to check the entry requirements for the country you plan to visit and prepare all the necessary documents to cross the border without any problems.
Applicable entry regulations may include requiring health declarations, Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, etc.
Traveling to Egypt
To come to Egypt, you must possess the following documents:
- valid passport or ID*
- Valid health insurance with Covid-19 cover for the entire stay
- negative PCR test results or vaccination certificate
- a completed Egyptian medical declaration form
*depending on the traveler's nationality
Entry Rules for Children
Children under six years old entering Egypt may bypass current testing requirements. However, unvaccinated minor travelers aged 6 years and older must comply with Egypt's testing requirements and take a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in Egypt.
Entry rules for arriving to Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh
Travelers arriving directly to the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh have the opportunity to choose a post-arrival test for a fee of $30.
After taking a PCR test, travelers are asked to self-isolate at their hotel and wait for the test results to arrive within 24 hours.
Egypt visa policy
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Ten countries can enter Egypt for up to three months without a visa without having to meet any special conditions.
Citizens of the following countries can enter Egypt without a visa:
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
*Travelers from these countries are allowed to enter Egypt without a visa for 14 days.
Visitors from the following countries can enter Egypt without a visa, provided they meet certain additional requirements, such as being of age set by the Egyptian government or providing supporting documents Additional items, such as return tickets or proof of hotel booking for your stay:
- Glass of beer
- southern Sudan
Travelers from the following countries must apply for a regular visa at the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate:
- The Philippines,
- Sierra Leone,
47 countries are eligible to visit the country with an eVisa Egypt obtained online, which comes in two categories:
- Single entry for a 30-day stay with a validity period of three months
- multiple entries for multiple 30-day Egypt tours; Valid for six months
The two main requirements to apply for an Egyptian eVisa are:
- A valid passport will not expire in the next six months
- a photo of the applicant's face
Visa on arrival is issued to citizens of most countries, except 84 designated countries. A visa on arrival is a travel permit issued after completing the application process at one of the border crossings in Egypt.
State Security Approval
Travelers planning to visit Egypt from the following countries must obtain special permission from Egyptian state security authorities before departure (in addition to having a valid entry visa):
- Sri Lanka
Please note that this requirement may apply to a larger number of travelers depending on their specific circumstances. For example, female Moldovan citizens between 15 and 35 years old must also be approved by the Egyptian state security agency before traveling to Egypt.
Egypt Passenger Locator Form
The Government of Egypt requires all incoming travelers, including Egyptian citizens and residents, to complete a health declaration answering questions regarding health status, personal information, Contact details, flight information and travel information in Egypt.
The form is easily accessible online here and can be completed using a laptop/phone or on paper. However, the application form with all the necessary information must be printed and signed to be presented at the border gate in paper form.
Minor travelers must also present a completed health declaration. If minor travelers are unable to fill out the form themselves, their parent or legal guardian must do so on their behalf.
The Egyptian government has made travel insurance mandatory for all incoming visitors.
The requirement to have valid health insurance has been implemented due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that all tourists visiting Egypt will be covered for possible Covid-related expenses. 19, such as quarantine or testing.
Your travel insurance will cover your entire stay in Egypt and will cover costs related to Covid-19.