Egypt to Extend Stay with eVisa for Up to 5 Years

| Post by


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
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • 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.

Related News

  • Japan has reopened its borders to foreign tourists for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gradual reopening will start with small-scale test tours from a limited number of countries. In a controversial move, the number of visitors that can enter the country is currently capped at 50. These individuals will

    Read More
  • The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization

    Read More
  • New Zealand has reopened its borders to international visitors from over 60 visa waiver countries. Arrivals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and meet all other entry requirements. The move is step 4 of New Zealand’s 5-stage reopening plan. The policy aims to fully reopen the country’s borders by late 2022, after more than 2

    Read More
  • Hong Kong is set to reopen its borders to international visitors. The new entry rules will come into effect from May 1, 2022. Overseas travelers have been completely banned from Hong Kong for the last 2 years, with only Hong Kong citizens and residents able to enter. The Hong Kong government announced the easing of

    Read More
  • Singapore has seen a sharp rise in passenger traffic since reopening borders. The number of flights and arrivals have both increased as the country continues to roll back restrictions. Since the beginning of April, international travelers have been able to once again visit Singapore with an SG Arrival Card. The online application currently includes a

    Read More