Egypt e-Visa Requirements for Citizens of Canada

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The government of Egypt introduced the Egyptian e-Visa (an Electronic Visa Authorization) in 2017. It allows citizens of selected nationalities, including Canada, to travel to Egypt by completing an online visa application.

The Egyptian visa policy specifies the main features and requirements Canadians will need to meet for the e-Visa. It is an online visa with a validity of 90 days (3 months) from the date of issuance. Canadian visitors must ensure they plan their arrival within the 90 days granted on the e-Visa for their arrival. Otherwise, they will have to request a new e-Visa. They can choose between a single or multiple entry e-Visa.

Canadian travelers who choose the single entry e-Visa will be allowed to stay 30 days. On the other hand, those who apply for the multiple-entry option will be able to enter and depart from Egypt as often as they need during 6 months, provided none of their visits exceeds one full month. Lastly, Canadian applicants must note they can only use this online visa for tourism purposes.

Are There Any Pre-Application Requirements for Canadian Citizens?

Before Canadians proceed to initiate their application form, they must first read the visa conditions for Canadian passport holders to ensure they comply with international travel requirements. With regards to the Egyptian e-Visa, the main conditions they will need to meet are summarized below:

  • Have a Canadian passport valid for at least 6 months on their arrival date
  • Provide a frequently used email address
  • Use a debit or credit card
  • Share accommodation details in Egypt
  • Submit a digital id photo (passport-style)
  • Have a digital image of the passport’s biographical page

Canadians with a passport set to expire in less than 180 days will need to renew it before requesting the Egyptian e-Visa. They should also note that the e-Visa is an online visa and is electronically linked to just one passport at a time. If they renew or have to replace their passport after having applied for the e-Visa, then it will no longer be valid since it cannot be transferred to a second travel document.

We also recommend they confirm the credit or debit card they plan to use has been previously activated for online payments. Lastly, they should ensure they provide an email id they frequently use since all communications between them and the Egyptian government will be done purely by email or online chats.

Canadian passport holders interested to travel to Egypt for purposes other than tourism or for a more stable period of time, such as employment or further studies, should request a visit to the Egyptian embassy in Ottawa or the Consulate in Montreal for further details.

Applying for the Egypt e-Visa from Canada

Canadian travelers who have ascertained that they have all the requirements for the Egypt e-Visa form can begin the application process by completing an online questionnaire. They will be required to provide personal, passport, and other travel details. Travelers need to ensure that all the details (summarized below) they provide are accurate and match those shown on their passport:

  • Full name
  • Citizenship
  • Passport issuance date
  • Passport expiry date
  • Email address
  • Employment
  • Accommodation details
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Travel itinerary
  • Type of entry required

During their application process, they will also be required to upload digital copies of their passport’s biographical page and a recent id photo. Once Canadian applicants have filled in the answers and uploaded the required documents, they conclude the e-Visa request by paying the processing fee. Most international cards are accepted, and applicants must simply ensure the card they plan to use is activated for online payments.

Do Canadian families need an e-Visa for Egypt for their children?

Yes, visiting parties from Canada with minors must note that each traveler must arrive in Egypt with their own e-Visa previously granted. Their parents or tutors can submit their application on their behalf using the same email address and payment methods.

How Long Does It Take to Get the Egypt e-Visa?

Once Canadian applicants have submitted their e-Visa request, the Egyptian government evaluates it. The analysis takes a week to complete, after which Canadian travelers will receive their approved e-Visa in a confirmation email. To account for busy touristic periods, we recommend Canadian nationals to submit their e-Visa application at least 7 business days before their arrival.

Traveling from Canada to Egypt with the e-Visa

Canadian visitors must download their e-Visa once they receive it. We recommend they print out a copy and store it next to their passport before their departure. Once they reach Egypt, they will be required to display both documents at border controls before entering the country.

Canadians with dual citizenship should remember to arrive in Egypt with the same passport they used for the application process. As mentioned above, the e-Visa is a unique online visa and cannot be used with more than one travel document.

Canadian citizens are advised to plan their departure from Egypt before their Egypt e-Visa expires to avoid fines associated with overstaying. Travelers who wish to stay in Egypt longer can request an e-Visa extension from the Egyptian Immigration Office.

Can Canadians obtain an Egyptian Visa on Arrival?

Yes, Canadian passport holders who have just arrived in Egypt are authorized to obtain a visa on arrival. Nevertheless, this option only allows for a single entry into the country and sometimes entails waiting for long hours at border controls. The e-Visa is a much quicker and convenient choice for Canadian tourists.

Application Steps

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Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa
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