Visitors to Sharm El Sheikh
As of the 1st May 2014 the Egyptian visa rules are changing. For British nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba no visa is required, providing the stay is for less than 15 days and you are staying south of the Sinai Peninsula in a Red Sea resort.
However, if you are planning on booking some excursions that take you into the desert, or if you’re a keen diver and will be heading to famous Ras Mohammed dive site by boat, quad, car or bus you WILL need a visa.
Egypt Visa – What is changing?
The visa cost increased from $15 to $25 on 1st May 2014 and is still only available from the airport. If you do not purchase a visa on arrival and find you need one for an excursion later in the holiday, you will need to return to the airport. Sharm El Sheikh Airport is the only place in the Red Sea region authorised to issue a visa.
You can also get a visa before travelling to Egypt from the Egyptian Consulate in the UK. If you’re entering Egypt for work or business it is preferable to get a visa before you travel. Sterling and Euros are accepted.
If you want an extension on your visa you will need to visit the Egyptian Passport and Immigration office. You may have difficulties leaving Egypt with an expired visa. You will not normally be allowed to leave the country if your visa has expired by more than 14 days.
The Red Sea area of Egypt remains incredibly popular with UK holiday makers and it hosts one of the world’s best dive sites, great water sports and spectacular desert safaris. There is a great choice of family, Splash and Couple hotels to suit most budgets and regular flights from the UK.