Egypt entry requirements

During your trip to Egypt, you must comply with the applicable entry regulations. We explain all the necessary documents and security guidelines, as well as the import regulations when traveling to Egypt.

Travel documents for entering Egypt

If you want to travel to Egypt, you must present a number of documents to the officials at the border. These include:

  • Your passport, valid for at least six months and with at least one blank visa page
  • A printout of your eVisa confirmation
  • A return or onward travel ticket
  • For visits to friends and relatives: invitation letter from the hosts
  • For tourists: a hotel reservation or equivalent documents
  • Proof of travel health insurance for the duration of your stay

In addition, supplementary documents such as proof of sufficient financial means may also be required depending on your personal case.

Egypt entry with children

If you are traveling to Egypt with minors, you must carry a separate eVisa or visa for each child, as well as consent forms signed by both parents or guardians.

As supporting documents, we recommend copies of all guardians' identification documents as well as the child's signature on a consent form about the trip currently taking place. The authorities thoroughly check especially single adults traveling with children.

Requirements for entering Egypt

Whether or not you are allowed to enter Egypt depends not only on the completeness and accuracy of your travel documents but also on the personal impression of the border officials. Based on certain questions, you will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Are you really entering Egypt for the purpose for which you applied for your eVisa or visa?
  • Do your passport details match those in your travel authorization?
  • Could you possibly pose a threat to the country or the Egyptian people?
  • Do you plan to leave before the expiration of your stay permit?
  • Do you have sufficient financial means and travel health insurance for your stay in Egypt?

Your body temperature may be checked when you cross the border, and you will be required to submit your completed health declaration at this time at the latest. If the border officials deem you fit to enter, you may cross the Egyptian border.

Vaccinations for traveling to Egypt

Visitors nine months of age and older must have a yellow fever vaccination to enter Egypt if they have previously spent more than twelve hours in a yellow fever area. If you enter from Congo, Kenya, Niger, or Syria, you will also need a polio vaccination.

Standard childhood vaccinations are also recommended, as well as immunization against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, and meningococcal disease (ACWY).

Import regulations for Egypt

The import of food, means of payment, plants, and other things into Egypt is strictly regulated by the customs and border protection authorities. Be sure to follow the regulations and declare rather more than too few goods in your customs declaration during entry to avoid getting into trouble.

Duty-free amounts for Egypt

You are allowed to import the following quantities of goods from the duty-free store when entering Egypt:

  • Alcohol: 1 liter
  • Tobacco: 200 grams
  • Goods with a value of up to $ 200 for personal use

There is a foreign currency limit of approximately $ 10,000 (or equivalent) and a local currency limit of 5,000 Egyptian pounds that can be imported into or exported from the country.

Means of payment

The import of currencies with a value of $ 10,000 or more must be declared in the customs form.


If you want to take medicines to Egypt, you must carry a letter from your doctor, the prescription, and the original package. The doctor's letter must state that you need to take the medication for health reasons.

Check with the Egyptian Health Department before traveling with prescription medication if you are unsure if it is banned in Egypt.

Prohibited goods when entering Egypt

You are not allowed to bring the following goods, items, and substances into Egypt:

  • Drones
  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Cotton
  • Birds/poultry
  • Seeds and seedlings
  • Flammable liquids
  • Mercury
  • Liquid or dry batteries
  • Devices containing lithium (exceptions apply to cell phones)
  • Frozen goods