For a trip to Egypt, you need a visa or a lower-priced eVisa. We explain how you can easily obtain an entry permit and your obligations when entering Egypt.
Most travelers without Egyptian citizenship require a visa or electronic entry permit (eVisa) to enter Egypt.
Only a few countries are exempt from this requirement: Bahrain, Hong Kong, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. The citizens of these countries do not need a visa or an eVisa to travel to Egypt.
To make international travel easier, many countries have been exempted from the visa requirement for Egypt. Citizens of these countries can travel to the country with the much cheaper and faster electronic travel authorization (eVisa).
eVisas for tourists have a validity of 30 days or 6 months and entitle you to stay up to 30 days at a time for tourist purposes or to visit friends and family. The Egyptian eVisa is available as a "Single Entry" or "Multiple Entry" visa.
The eVisa countries for Egypt include:
|eVisa Egypt: eligible countries|
|Belgium||Bolivia||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Brazil|
|Poland||Portugal||Qatar||Republic of Korea|
|Republic of Kosovo||Romania||Russian Federation||San Marino|
|Slovenia||South Africa||Spain||Sultanate of Oman|
|Sweden||Switzerland||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates|
|United Kingdom||United States of America||Uruguay||Vatican|
If you want to travel to Egypt with an eVisa, you must meet the following requirements in addition to being a citizen of a country approved for eVisa:
As an applicant for an eVisa to Egypt, you must upload a digital copy of your passport that meets the following requirements:
The presentation of invitation letters from your hosts, return or onward travel tickets, and hotel reservations is due upon your entry at the Egyptian border. The border officials will make the final decision on whether you are allowed to enter the country or not.
If you are traveling to Egypt with children, each of them requires a separate eVisa. You can apply for this during your application via the "add traveler" option at the same time as your eVisa. This function is also useful for group applications.
The application for your Egyptian eVisa takes between ten and fifteen minutes on the eVisa application page of our partner iVisa and requires the entry of various information. Have your personal information and passport information, including a digital copy of the data page, as well as your travel plans, hotel bookings, and contact information for your hosts or hotels in Egypt ready.
Once you have entered all information and uploaded your passport, double-check all details. It is important to avoid typos or incorrect information. Otherwise, you risk being turned away at the border.
After submitting, you will first receive a confirmation email, and then a few days later, there will be a message about your acceptance. Add your hotel reservations, tickets, and invitation letters (if any) to your travel documents to present them to the relevant officials when entering Egypt.
If you have an eVisa for Egypt, you are allowed to vacation in Egypt for up to 30 days and visit family and friends. If you plan to work in Egypt, you will need a work permit and a work visa.
The rejection of an eVisa for Egypt can have different reasons. Often, it is due to errors in the application, e.g., transposed numbers in passport numbers, typing errors in the name, or incorrect or illegible uploads of the passport data page and photo.
Personal eligibility can also play a role. For example, if you do not meet the eVisa requirements or your information in the application indicates an intent to immigrate illegally, or that you pose a danger to the Egyptian population, it will also result in a rejection of your eVisa application.
In case of rejection, you will receive an email with the reasons for the decision. If your application was rejected only due to a formal or clerical error, you can request a correction of your data within 72 hours and ask for a reconsideration. However, if your eVisa for Egypt has been rejected due to your personal eligibility or security concerns, we recommend that you apply for a classic visa for Egypt at the embassy or consulate.
At the Egyptian border, an official will make the final decision on whether you are allowed to enter the country or not. Have the following documents ready for the moment at the counter:
Answer all questions of the border officials truthfully and remain friendly.
Inform yourself about the exact import regulations for Egypt before you enter the country. Some medications that are freely available in other countries are considered illegal in Egypt and may not be imported without permission from the Ministry of Health.
Do you have more questions about the Egypt visa? Then you will find what you are looking for in our FAQ:
You must apply for your eVisa at least seven days before your planned entry. However, we recommend applying early, for example, right after booking your hotels and flights.
To prevent the 90-day validity from expiring in the meantime, Egyptian authorities keep early applications unprocessed until the planned entry is only 30 days in the future.
Your tourist visa for Egypt is valid for 90 days after approval. You must have completed your maximum 30-day trip within these 90 days. However, the entry date you specify is not binding, and you can begin your trip at any time after approval.
If your travel plans get so far behind that your departure date would be after the expiration date of your eVisa, you will need to submit a new application.
Suppose you are a citizen of Bahrain, Hong Kong, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, or Malaysia. In that case, you do not need a visa or eVisa to travel to Egypt.
You are not allowed to work in Egypt with an eVisa. If you plan to take up employment in the country, your future employer must apply for a work permit in your name.
Extending your eVisa for Egypt is usually possible on the spot. To do so, contact the Egyptian passport and immigration authorities. Attention: If your visa has expired for more than 14 days, you are usually not allowed to leave without paying a fine.
There is no age limit for children applying for an eVisa. Each child, regardless of age, requires his or her own eVisa to enter Egypt.
The processing time for an eVisa to Egypt is usually between three and five days once you have completed the application and provided all required information.
The eVisa for Egypt must be applied for prior to arrival. The eVisa cannot be applied for upon arrival.
No, the Egyptian eVisa is only valid for entry into Egypt. It cannot be used to enter other countries.
You can apply for an eVisa using either of your valid passports. Make sure that the passport you use to apply meets all the requirements.
Travel insurance is not a mandatory requirement when applying for an eVisa. However, it is strongly recommended that you have appropriate insurance to cover unexpected medical expenses or travel disruptions during your stay in Egypt.
Yes, the eVisa can be used for both tourist and business purposes. However, please note that an eVisa does not allow you to work in Egypt.
The entry date on your eVisa application is not binding, but the validity period is. You may begin traveling at any time within the 90-day validity period of your eVisa.
Yes, there is a fee to apply for an eVisa. The fee amount depends on factors such as nationality, type of visa, and processing time. Please check the current fees before submitting your application.
If your eVisa application was denied, you might request a correction of your information within 72 hours if the denial was based on a formal or clerical error. If the rejection was based on personal eligibility or security reasons, you must apply for a conventional visa at the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate.
No, the visa processing fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the process.
Incomplete applications will be rejected. To avoid problems, it is essential that you submit all required information and documents in full.
Receipt of the eVisa is not a guarantee of entry into the Arab Republic of Egypt. Entry is subject to approval by Egyptian border officials upon arrival.
Engaging in employment without the required authorization is considered illegal and may be prosecuted.
When entering the Arab Republic of Egypt, you must present your passport, the printout of your eVisa, your hotel reservation or invitation letter from friends or relatives, and your return or onward ticket.
Once you have submitted your eVisa application, you will not be able to make any changes. It is essential that you review all information carefully before submitting it to avoid any errors.
If you have a multiple-entry eVisa, you can enter and exit Egypt multiple times during the validity period of the eVisa.