International travelers visiting Egypt will be able to stay in the country for a maximum of 5 years when traveling with an eVisa, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has announced.
The North African country introduced an electronic visa system at the end of 2017, which currently enables nationals of 46 different countries to apply online for an Egyptian eVisa.
The eVisa for Egypt permits a visitor a single entry to the country, in which they can stay for a maximum of 30 days.
However, following Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s announcement, this limit will be extended. Foreign nationals will be able to stay in Egypt for up to 5 years with the eVisa.
The news was revealed at a meeting between the Egyptian cabinet and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on 2 March 2020. Prime Minister Madbouly stated that the 5-year extension would be applicable for both travelers applying through the eVisa portal or through Egyptian consulates.
It was also announced that the “Summer in Upper Egypt” initiative would include a discount of US$10 on tourist visas for travelers flying into Luxor Airport between June and August 2020.
The Egyptian Electronic Visa System for Foreign Visitors
The Egypt eVisa is a mandatory requirement for all travelers of eligible nationalities who are traveling to the state for the purposes of tourism or business, or who are transiting through the country.
Citizens of the following sovereign states can apply for the eVisa for Egypt:
- All European Union citizens
- North Korea
- South Korea
- North Macedonia
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
To successfully obtain an Egyptian eVisa, applicants must have a passport that will be valid for at least six months. The approved eVisa must be printed and presented along with the passport at border control upon arrival in Egypt.
Currently, the eVisa permits the bearer to stay in Egypt for up to 30 days. However, following the announcement from the Prime Minister, this looks set to change to a maximum of 5 years in the country.
The extension of the maximum length of stay for visitors is a strong indication of the Egyptian government’s desire to increase the number of tourists from around the globe.
The country’s Foreign Ministry continues to make the procedures for acquiring a visa easier and easier for both tourists and businessmen. The aim is to encourage investment and spending by foreign companies and visitors to boost the Egyptian economy.
The introduction of the Egyptian eVisa has had a positive impact on the nation’s economy, with tourism sector revenues rising by 28% in the year following its launch. Egypt’s revenue from tourism in the 2017/2018 fiscal year was recorded at US$9.8 billion, while that of 2018/2019 rose to US$12.2 billion.
When Will the Egypt Visa Extension Be Introduced?
Little is currently known about the plan to extend the maximum length of stay for eVisa holders. Prime Minister Madbouly announced the proposed change to Egypt’s visa policy on March 2, 2020 in a meeting with his cabinet and Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities representatives.
However, it has not yet been announced when the change will come into effect or if the ability to stay for 5 years will be subject to any additional requirements.
Until further details are announced, the maximum length of time visitors are permitted to stay with the eVisa will continue to be 30 days.