Do you need a visa to go to Egypt? Where and how to get an Egypt visa? How much does cost an Egypt visa? In this post: all you need to know about visa to Egypt.
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These are common questions from tourists travelling to Egypt for the first time. Questions are simple, but it’s still hard to find reliable and up-to-date information about An Egypt visa.
When I did my research about Visa to Egypt for this post, I found many pages with false or old information.
To this post, I have collected all the up-to-date information I have about the visa.
Read the post carefully and remember:
Visa requirements and visa policy of Egypt may change in a day without any pre-warning. If you are unsure about your Visa to Egypt, contact EGYPTIAN CONSULATE OR EMBASSY in your country. They have the latest up-to-date information about visa to Egypt.
To get the most recent information about Egypt visa requirements, contact the Egyptian Embassy or consulate in your country before travelling to Egypt.
HERE IS ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE ABOUT VISA TO EGYPT AT THE MOMENT.
TABLE OF CONTENT:
- Who needs a visa to Egypt? Do you need a visa to go to Egypt? General information about Egypt Visa
- How much visa to Egypt cost? Egypt visa fees
- Visa on arrival-Can I get a visa to Egypt on arrival?
- E-visa to Egypt? How to apply Egypt E-visa?
- Visa extension in Egypt-What if I need to stay more than 30-days?
- What if I overstay my visa to Egypt?
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1. WHO NEEDS A VISA TO EGYPT? DO YOU NEED A VISA TO GO TO EGYPT? GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EGYPT VISA
Everyone travelling to Egypt needs to obtain a visa to enter Egypt (excluding visa extemp countries). Even the kids. There is no minimum age limit for the Egypt visa.
Most of the tourists visiting Egypt buy a visa from the airport ON ARRIVAL or online beforehand (E-VISA to Egypt). You can also apply it from the Egyptian embassy or consulate in your country.
If the purpose of your travel is other than tourism, contact the embassy or consulate of Egypt in your country.
REQUIRED TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS TO EGYPT
To get a tourist visa to Egypt you need to have a PASSPORT (or other accepted travel documents). The passport must be valid at least six months after entering Egypt.
Also, there must be at least one BLANK PAGE in your passport to attach the visa sticker on arrival. If you have purchased E-VISA to Egypt, PRINT it with you.
Citizens of EU, the United States or the United Kingdom travelling to Sharm El Sheik, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba staying less than 15-days, won’t need a visa.
Your passport will be stamped instead of a visa. If you visit outside these areas, you must obtain a visa to Egypt.
A LANDING CARD
Before you reach the immigration counters with your visa you need to fill a landing card. The card is usually given at the aeroplane. The landing card is a card, where you fill your personal information (name, date of birth, place of birth, passport number) and your address in Egypt (eg. Hotel). You must give a landing card for the officer in the immigration desk.
Remember to pack a pen with you!
NEXT: EGYPT VISA FEES | COMING: E-VISA TO EGYPT
2. HOW MUCH DOES VISA TO EGYPT COST? EGYPT VISA FEES
A renewable tourist visa for single entry to Egypt cost 25 USD $ (valid for 30-days).
Both e-visa and visa on arrival cost the same amount of money. When buying a visa on arrival be prepared to pay with a visa with cash. E-visa is paid online with credit or debit card.
Euros € or English Sterling £ are also accepted. Change is usually given back in Egyptian pounds (LE.). Cards and coins aren’t most likely to be accepted, though I’ve bought my visa from Hurghada airport for 23€.
If you are planning to visit Egypt more than once in six months, you can apply multi-entry e-visa to Egypt. It cost 60 USD and is valid for six months. In six months you can enter Egypt multiple times, though the maximum stay at once is 30-days (90-day in total).
In case you are staying more than 30-days in Egypt, you need to apply for a visa extension from a local passport & immigration office in Egypt.
Visa extension for six moths costs 1105 Egyptian pounds (LE). You can also apply for a multi-entry visa from the office. This costs 565 LE more. More about visa extension further.
You can also apply for a longer visa from the embassy of Egypt in your country. This option may be more expensive, but easier. The prices depend on your country.
Note, that your passport needs to be valid six months after travelling to Egypt.
NEXT: VISA ON-ARRIVAL
3. VISA ON ARRIVA-CAN I GET A VISA TO EGYPT ON ARRIVAL?
All European Union, the United States, Canadian & Australian citizens can obtain a visa to Egypt on arrival.
Also, citizens of Georgia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine can obtain a visa to Egypt on arrival.
A single-entry tourist visa on arrival costs 25 USD $ or equivalent in Euros € or pounds sterling £.
Remember to take cash with you. Change is given back in Egyptian pounds (LE). A visa on arrival is renewable, single-entry and valid for 30-days. If you stay longer, you must renew the visa in a passport and immigration office in Egypt.
After landing, buying a visa is the first thing you do at the airport.
There are official BANK KIOSKS selling visa stickers at the airports. Keep looking for the bank signs to find the right place. In Cairo international airport they are located on the side of the passport control area. In Hurghada airport, the bank kiosks are on the right side when you enter the arrivals hall.
You buy a visa, place it to your passport (your passport has to be at least one empty page) and head to the immigration counters.
Get your visa sticker before immigration.
Visa kiosks are open 24/7. You will get your visa, though you arrive in Egypt in the middle of the night.
NEXT: HOW TO APPLY E-VISA TO EGYPT?
4. E-VISA TO EGYPT- HOW TO APPLY E-VISA TO EGYPT?
If you have an e-visa to Egypt, you don’t need to queue a visa at the airport.
BUT you need to fill the application, attach support document (picture of your passport), pay it online and after getting a visa you need to print a copy of it.
After filling the application, I’d rather queue for a while at the airport than apply e-visa again. If you decide to apply an e-visa to Egypt, here is information about it. Good luck!
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT E-VISA TO EGYPT
At the moment citizens of 46 countries can apply for a tourist e-visa to Egypt. Make sure your country is on the list before applying Egypt e-visa.
When applying e-visa to Egypt, make sure you apply it from the official page.
There are lots of unofficial websites advertising e-visas to Egypt. The picture below is from the official page. In case the page looks different or the fee is more than 25 USD, you are most likely to be in unofficial page.
E-visa to Egypt is valid for 90-days after issuing. Apply it early enough, in case any problems. E-visa can be refused for miss-spelling or other small mistakes.
The application must be in at least one week before travelling to Egypt.
EGYPT E-VISA TYPES:
There are two kinds of e-visas to Egypt available.
SINGLE ENTRY VISA: Single entry visa for tourist to Egypt that is valid for 30-days and cost 25 USD $. E-visa is paid online with MasterCard, Visa Card or other Debit Card.
The single entry visa will be cancelled when you exit Egypt. It’s not valid after you leave the country. If you enter Egypt again, you need to purchase a new visa.
MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA: If you are planning to visit Egypt more than once, apply a multi-entry visa to Egypt. It costs 60 USD $ and you are allowed to visit Egypt more than once in six months. You can stay up to 30-days once (max- 90-days in six months).
NEXT: E-VISA PROCESS
Here are step-by-step instructions for applying e-visa to Egypt.
1.SIGN UP TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT TO THE EGYPT E-VISA PORTAL
The password must have upper and lower letters. At least one number and special character. Not more than two equal characters in a row. Plus it has to be at least eight characters long. Huh.
2.VERIFY YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
After sign up, you will receive an e-mail to verify your e-mail address. You need to verify your e-mail address in 24-hours, otherwise, you need to create a new account. Your account is ready to use after verifying.
3. SIGN IN AND CREATE THE APPLICATION
After creating an account, sign in with your e-mail address and password you created. Be very careful with filling the application. In the case of typos, a visa will be refused.
4. FILL THE APPLICATION
Travel Information: Application type (single, family, group); Visa Type (Tourism), Entry Type (single or multiple); A country you are travelling from (select); Expected arrive and departure dater (select).
All your names (first, middle & last) as in your passport; Gender (male or female); Date of birth (select); Country of birth; Current nationality; Origin nationality; Profession; Marital status.
Passport type (ordinary passport); Passport number (the number of your passport); Place of an issue (select); Issue & Expire dates (select); Have you been to Egypt before? -Yes or no, If yes when?; Date from & to (select); Where did you stay during this period? -(answer); Have you been deported from Egypt or any other country before? yes or no; if yes write the reason.
Type your E-mail address, phone number & address.
Attach a picture of your passport information page. Only files of type JPG and PNG are allowed. File size shall not exceed 500 KB and file name shall not contain any special characters or spaces.
SAVE YOUR APPLICATION HERE TO MOVE FORWARD!
Host Type (Family, a Tourism company, Self, Other); Hostname (type); Host number (type); Host e-mail and address (type); Who is paying travel and accommodation cost? (select)
5. CONFIRM THE APPLICATION
After you have filled your application, download the draft and re-check the application. After making sure everything is ok with the application,
READ AND AGREE APPLICATION DATA TO CONFIRM YOUR APPLICATION.
6. APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER YOU HAVE PAID E-VISA.
You will get an e-mail about your e-visa status.
Note! The application must be in at least one week before travelling to Egypt.
More information about E-visa to Egypt from the official page of the Egyptian government.
NEXT: EGYPT VISA EXTENSION
5. VISA EXTENSION IN EGYPT-WHAT IF I WANT TO STAY MORE THAN 30-DAYS?
If you enter Egypt with the 30-days tourist visa and wish to stay longer, you need to apply a visa extension in Egypt from a local passport & immigration office.
You can apply a normal extension or multiple entry visa from the office.
Cost of a resident visa/visa extension has increased multiple times in past years. At the moment visa extension to Egypt cost 1105 Egyptian pounds (LE.). This may change.
To renew your visa in Egypt you need a document of your accommodation in Egypt; a stamped rental contract, a hotel reservation or ownership documents of your property.
Getting a stamped rental contract may be an issue, though many Egyptian landlords are avoiding to pay the taxis. A rental contract must be stamped in a real estate authentication office.
To renew your visa to Egypt, you also need passport pictures (2). Photocopies of your passport information page and your latest entry visa. I usually take three copies of both.
At the visa office, you fill the visa application, hand it to the officer, pay the fee and queue again to leave the application in. The officer tells you when to come to pick up your passport. In Hurghada, you get your passport back the next day.
Usually, you get a six months visa extension, but also this depends on your nationality or offices. After a year you need to exit Egypt for 24 hours.
An extended visa won’t allow you to work in Egypt. You need to apply for a work permit.
Check your passport and visa dates carefully before leaving the visa office. I didn’t last time. I managed well until I had to show my visa. -You don’t have a valid visa. -Yes, I do. I have renewed my visa. But it has the wrong dates. Luckily, I noticed this before travelling outside of Egypt.
Other reasons to apply for a resident visa (renew tourist visa) to Egypt can be signing documents. If you, for example, buy a property from Egypt, your signature can’t be authorised without a valid resident visa.
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NEXT: EGYPT VISA FINES
6. WHAT IF I OVERSTAY MY VISA TO EGYPT?
If you stay in Egypt without a visa, you will be having a problem at the latest when exiting Egypt. Renew your visa on time, and you’ll have fewer problems.
If you broke your Egypt visa, you will pay a fine at the airport. At the moment the fine is 1655 LE. for 1-3 months brake. The more you stay, the more you pay.
There is supposed to be 14-days grace time with the visa. This means you don’t need to pay the fine in case you overstay in Egypt for less than 14 days. But, this is something I wouldn’t count on. Actually, it’s said that there is no more grace time!
Actually, it’s better not to rely 100 % on anything you hear. If you want to be extra sure about something, ask from the authorities in the consulate or embassy. They should have the answers.
Here was ALL THE INFORMATION I have about the visa to Egypt. I hope you found the answers you were looking for. Enjoy your time in Egypt!
Wikipedia, Visa policy of Egypt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Egypt