For most nationalities, organising a visa for Egypt can be done on arrival at Cairo International Airport or online via the Egyptian Government's official e-visa portal. This includes citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the EU, the USA, Canada and Russia. A single entry visa is valid for three months from date of issue and entitles the bearer to one month of travel in Egypt.

How to obtain a visa on arrival in Egypt

If you wish to obtain your visa on arrival at Cairo Airport:

  1. Purchase the visa at an approved bank kiosk within the arrivals hall before proceeding to the immigration counters.
  2. You will be given a stamp that you then need to put into your passport yourself.
  3. Proceed to the immigration counters and a passport control official. Here, you must present your stamped passport with at least six months' validity after arrival, a travel itinerary and documentation outlining accommodation and tour bookings.

Visas on arrival can be purchased in US dollars, British pounds or euros, and only in cash. Currently, the cost for a single entry tourist visa is USD 25.

Countries that can apply for an e-visa for Egypt

Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

How to apply for an e-visa for Egypt

  1. Go to visa2egypt.gov.eg. This is the only official government e-visa portal for Egypt; however, other websites falsely claim to provide this service, sometimes at double the price. 
  2. Follow the prompts to sign up, sign in, apply, and pay online. Please note that Egypt e-visas can only be paid for in US dollars or euros. Egyptian pounds are not accepted as a form of payment for e-visas.
  3. After your visa application has been processed, you will receive an email updating you on the status of your application.
  4. If successful, you will be emailed a link to download your e-visa to present on arrival in Egypt. Passport control officers at Egyptian ports of entry will verify your e-visa on their system.

If you are eligible for an Egypt e-visa, you must create an application at least seven days before your arrival. Currently, the cost for a single entry tourist e-visa is USD 25. On arrival in Egypt, you must present a printout of your e-visa, along with a passport of at least six months' validity after your arrival date, a travel itinerary, and documentation outlining accommodation and tour bookings.

Countries that require an authorised visa for Egypt

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia.

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you must apply for an Egyptian visa in person at your local embassy or consultate, with approval sought from the relevant authorities. This process may take several weeks.

Exemptions to requiring a visa in Egypt

Citizens of Bahrain, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia are under a visa-free arrangement with Egypt and may be exempt from requiring a visa on arrival. Other countries, including China, may also be exempt under certain conditions. 

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Egyptian immigration officials occasionally have denied entry to travellers with visas without any explanation. 

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