Everything You Need to Know about Egypt’s New Visa Rules

Just booked a holiday to Egypt? Gone are the days of waiting in endless queues to get a visa upon arrival in the airport, you can now get yours before you travel. Just think, less time queuing means all the more time sunning yourself in that desert hot climate.

On that note, here’s everything you need to know about Egypt’s current visa rules and how to get yours sorted in just a couple of minutes…

What are the current visa rules?

As it currently stands, British holidaymakers travelling to Egypt must have a valid passport and visa to enter. This includes when holidaying in our most popular resorts, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

If travelling to Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts for up to 15 days, you will receive a free entry permission stamp upon arrival. However, if you intend to travel outside of these areas or stay longer than 15 days, a visa will be required which can normally be purchased at Sharm El-Sheikh airport.

How do I get a visa for Egypt?

By visiting the Visa2Egypt portal you can now sign up online for an e-Visa. All you have to do is follow the simple steps below…

  • Head to the Visa2Egypt portal
  • Take a few seconds to create an account with your name and email address via the registration page
  • Once your account registration has been confirmed, you can logon to the e-Visa portal
  • Within the portal select ‘Apply Now’ and the type of visa that you require
  • Fill in the application form with the required details
  • Pay using a Visa, MasterCard or debit card
  • Await approval via email
  • Simply download and print the e-Visa ready to present upon arrival at the airport

*Please note, you must have a printed copy of your e-Visa to hand when you arrive at the airport in Egypt. If you don’t you could be charged again for another copy.

Alternatively, you can purchase your visa upon arrival if necessary.

What is an e-Visa?

An e-Visa is an official document that permits entry into and travel within Egypt. It is simply an alternative to the visa that you would usually receive at the port of entry to a destination.

*Please note, you have to create an e-Visa application at least seven days before your departure.

Can I get an Egypt visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get a visa upon arrival at the approved bank kiosks within the airport arrival halls which you’ll find before you reach the immigration counters, however it is suggested that you get your visa online before you travel to save you time and stress.

How much does a visa for Egypt cost?

A single-entry, 30-day tourist visa costs $25 US dollars*. The visa can be purchased in US dollars, euros or British pounds.

*Please note, prices are correct at the time of publishing however they are subject to change.

How long are Egypt visas valid for?

Tourist visas granted using the e-visa system are valid for a maximum of three months. Whereas, visas that are granted on arrival are valid for a maximum of 30 days.

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