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Which kind of visa do I need to travel to Egypt?

To travel to Egypt for tourism, foreigners need a tourist visa. Passport holders from the countries listed above can get a tourist visa for Egypt online. The process is 100% online: applicants fill out an electronic form and receive the approved e-Visa by email.

Travelers from e-Visa eligible countries can also get a visa on arrival in Egypt. However, only single-entry visas are available on arrival, multiple-entry visas must be obtained online. Tourists are advised to apply online in advance to avoid delays at the border.

Visitors who are not eligible for the Egypt e-Visa need to obtain a visa in advance through the diplomatic mission. Embassy visas can take several weeks to process.

Foreigners visiting Egypt for non-tourism purposes, such as to work or study, must contact the nearest embassy to require the relevant visa.

Difference between Egypt e-Visa and Visa on Arrival

The main difference between the tourist visa on arrival and the electronic visa is that e-Visa applicants obtain the permit online, in advance. Travelers who opt for the visa on arrival wait until they arrive in Egypt to apply.

For greater peace of mind, many tourists prefer to arrange their visa before travelling. Foreigners are not guaranteed a visa on arrival.

It is also a convenient choice given that the application can be completed and submitted from home, rather than at the airport.

Both the e-Visa and the visa on arrival allow the holder to stay in Egypt for up to 30 days. Single and multiple-entry online visas are available. Only single-entry visas are issued on arrival.

One other difference is that, as mentioned above, the visa on arrival fee must be paid in cash. Electronic visa applicants pay securely online by card.

1) Applying for Egypt e-Visa

What is the Egypt Online Visa? (e-Visa)

The Egypt Online Visa, or Egypt e-Visa, is an official electronic travel authorization system for citizens of eligible countries wishing to travel to Egypt for tourism. An e-Visa for Egypt can be obtained through an online application without the need to visit the embassy.

The Egypt e-Visa simplifies the visa application process. It is quicker and easier to apply for travel authorization using the online system.

The official e-Visa for Egypt is a single or multiple-entry visa. Single and multiple-entry e-Visas for Egypt are available. Both grant stays of up to 30 consecutive days in Egypt.

To apply for an Egypt Visa the applicant will need to complete the online Egypt visa application so that he/she may receive the approved e-Visa via email.

Egypt e-Visa, the convenient tourism alternative to the visa on arrival

There a few basic visa requirements which travelers must meet to obtain an Egypt e-Visa. Firstly, tourists must be from one of the eligible countries, such as United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, and many European nations.

Secondly, it is necessary to have the following:

  • A passport with 6 months remaining from the date of entry.
  • A credit or debit card to pay the e-Visa fee.
  • An up-to-date email address to receive the electronic visa.
How long is a Tourist Egypt e-Visa Valid for?

Single and multiple-entry tourist visas for Egypt are available online.

Single entry tourist visa for Egypt

The single-entry tourist visa is valid to enter Egypt once for up to 30 days. Tourists must enter Egypt within 3 months of the arrival date indicated on the application form.

Multiple-entry tourist visa for Egypt

The multiple-entry tourist visa is valid to enter Egypt more than once during the validity period. Each stay in Egypt must not exceed 30 days.

What are the Egypt e-Visa requirements?

As well as being from an eligible country, e-Visa applicants also need to meet the other eligibility criteria. Travelers must be visiting Egypt:

  • For tourism
  • For up to 30 days
How much does the Egypt e-visa cost?

The Egypt e-Visa has been officially launched by the Egyptian government to improve the travel experience for its visitors. The e-Visa is a simpler, secure and faster process.

In order to obtain the Egypt e-Visa to travel to the country, the applicant is required to pay a tourist visa fee. Please note that all travelers from eligible countries are expected to have an Egypt e-visa upon arrival.

Travelers must cover the fees for the Egypt e-Visa while completing the online application.

There are two tourist visas available for foreign visitors. The cost for the Egypt e-visa will vary depending on the visa the applicant selects or needs.

  • The single-entry tourist visa for Egypt costs: $25 plus our service fee. These fees equate to the cost of to a single-entry Egypt e-Visa.
  • The standard price for the multiple-entry visa for Egypt is $60 plus our service fee. These fees equate to the costs of to a multiple-entry Egypt e-Visa.
Egypt e-Visa Price: Payment Methods

Applicants should cover the cost of the Egypt e-Visa when completing the application. The payment must be correctly processed via credit or debit card at the moment of submission of the application form to avoid delays in receiving the confirmed e-Visa.

The application cannot be submitted without first successfully completing the payment. The most common method of payment is a debit or credit card such as a Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Important information about the Egypt e-Visa for travelers:
Information about the online visa for Egypt         
e-Visa validity 3 months
Length of stay Up to 30 days
Number of entries Single or multiple-entries
Ports of entry Air, land, and sea
Purpose of travel Tourism
All Egypt Online Visa applications, made by candidates wishing to travel to Egypt for tourism, must meet the following prerequisites:

Egypt e-Visa application eligibility criteria

This is a list of the basic eligibility requirements for the e-Visa. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of an eligible country
  • Hold a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the arrival date
  • Be visiting Egypt for a maximum of 30 days
  • Travel to Egypt for tourism only

Travelers who meet each of these requirements can proceed with the online visa application for Egypt.

Document requirements for the Egypt online visa:

The only document needed to apply for the online visa is a passport from an eligible country. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.

Applicants need to fill out their passport information on the application form and upload a copy of the passport photo page.

Citizens of France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, and Italy can apply using a national ID instead of their passport.

A debit or credit card is also required to pay the Egypt e-Visa fee securely online.

Foreigners visiting Egypt in 2022 must check the latest COVID-19 entry restrictions, additional health documents may be required to travel. Information required to apply for the Egypt e-Visa

Egypt e-Visa applicants must complete the online form with all the required information including:

  • Name, date of birth, nationality
  • Passport number, issue date, expiry date
  • Contact details, including an email address
  • Date of arrival and departure
  • Accommodation details in Egypt

Applicants must check all the information carefully before submitting the request. Any mistakes or missing details could lead to processing delays

Which nationalities require a visa for Egypt?

Most foreign nationals need a visa for Egypt. Passport holders from just 10 countries and territories can visit for up to 3 months visa-free.

Countries eligible to apply for the Egypt e-Visa

1. Albania
2. Argentina
3. Armenia
4. Australia
5. Austria
6. Azerbaijan
7. Bahrain
8. Belarus
9. Belgium
10. Bolivia
11. Brazil
12. Bulgaria
13. Canada
14. Chile
15. Colombia
16. Croatia
17. Cyprus
18. Czech Republic
19. Denmark
20. Ecuador
21. Estonia
22. Finland
23. France
24. Georgia
25. Germany
26. Greece
27. Hong Kong
28. Hungary
29. Iceland
30. Ireland
31. Italy
32. Kazakhstan
33. Japan
34. Kuwait
35. Latvia
36. Lithuania
37. Luxembourg
38. Macedonia
39. Malta
40. Mexico

Egypt visa-free countries
  1. Bahrain
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Kuwait
  4. Lebanon
  5. Macao
  6. Oman
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Malaysia (14 days)
2) Applying for an Egypt visa on arrival

Foreign nationals who are eligible for the e-Visa can also get a visa on arrival in Egypt. However, the e-Visa is the most convenient option for overseas tourists.

The Egypt visa on arrival has been available for a long time. It is possible to obtain one at the Egyptian border. Eligible citizens queue, apply for, process, and pay for the visa on arrival.

Only single-entry Egypt visas are available on arrival. Travelers who require a multiple-entry visa should apply online

Passengers who have not applied for a visa in advance need to:
  1. Wait in line at the visa on arrival window
  2. Fill out the visa application form and provide documents
  3. Pay the visa on arrival fee in cash
  4. Attach the Egypt visa sticker to the passport
Which countries can get a visa on arrival in Egypt?

Citizens of the following countries can get a visa upon arrival in Egypt:

Countries can get a visa on arrival in Egypt

1. Albania
2. Australia
3. Austria
4. Belgium
5. Bulgaria
6. Canada
7. Croatia
8. Cyprus
9. Czech Republic
10. Denmark
11. Netherlands
12. Estonia
13. Finland
14. France
15. Germany
16. Greece
17. Hungary
18. Iceland
19. Ireland
20. Italy
21. Japan
22. Latvia
23. Lithuania
24. Luxembourg
25. Macedonia
26. Montenegro
27. New Zealand
28. Norway
29. Poland
30. Malta
31. Portugal
32. Romania
33. Russia
34. Serbia
35. Slovakia
36. Slovenia
37. South Korea
38. Spain
39. Sweden
40. Switzerland
41. United Kingdom
42. Ukraine
43. United States
44. Argentina
45. Bahrain
46. Belarus
47. Belarus
48. Bolivia
49. Brazil
50. Chile
51. Colombia
52. Ecuador
53. Georgia
54. Hong Kong
55. Kuwait
56. Mexico
57. Moldova
58. Monaco
59. Oman
60. Paraguay
61. Peru
62. Qatar
63. San Marino
64. Saudi Arabia
65. Singapore
66. Taiwan
67. The Vatican
68. United Arab Emirates
69. Uruguay
70. Venezuela

What are the requirements for the Egypt visa on arrival?

Passengers can avoid queuing for a visa on arrival in Egypt by applying for an e-Visa. The Egyptian e-Visa is the most convenient option for most eligible visitors.

However, for people travelling to Egypt in the next few days who do not have time to apply for the e-Visa, the visa on arrival is a useful option.

Travelers can get an Egypt visa on arrival from one of the kiosks at any of the airport terminals. The visa fee must be paid in cash (credit and debit cards are not accepted).

Applicants receive a visa sticker which they present at the immigration desks to gain entry. The visa on arrival allows visitors to stay for up to 30 days. Only single-entry visas are available on arrival.

*Please note:

If you do not possess a passport issued by one of the above countries, you will not be able to apply for an Egypt visa on arrival.

Where can you get an Egypt visa on arrival?

You can apply for an Egyptian visa on arrival at border control when arriving in Egypt. It is currently not advised that travelers cross land borders or checkpoints, as there is not always up-to-date information concerning which checkpoints and border crossings are open or issue a visa on arrival.

Passengers with an e-Visa can head straight to border control at the airport.