Egypt Visa Policy

Familiarize yourself with the visa policy for Egypt and discover Egyptian visa requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for Egypt

The visa policy of Egypt determines the requirements for all foreign nationalities wishing to travel to the country.

All foreign visitors to Egypt, whether they need a visa or not, must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

There are under 10 visa-exempt countries for Egypt, the majority other territories who are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Citizens of these nations may visit Egypt visa-free for a short period of stay for select purposes.

Other foreign visitors who want to visit Egypt need a visa must apply for an eVisa through a simple online application, obtain a visa through an embassy or consulate or wait in an immigration queue at the border for a visa on arrival.

The majority of travelers who wish to visit Egypt for tourism reasons are required to obtain a visa in advance, either an embassy visa by applying in person, or by submitting an electronic visa application, which greatly expedites the process.

An Egypt tourist eVisa allows a total stay of 30 days per entry, and may be approved as either a single or multiple entry authorization depending on the needs of the applicant.

Citizens of under 60 countries are able to obtain a visa on arrival at an immigration checkpoint at Egypt’s order. However, this visa option often involves waiting in a long line to submit an application to an official and requires payment in local cash currency.

There are currently up to 130 countries and territories around the world whose citizens need to obtain an embassy visa from an Egyptian diplomatic office before traveling, no matter the purpose of the stay or the intended length of the trip. This usually requires making a consular appointment well in advance of departure.

Tourist Visa Policy for Egypt

The Egypt tourist visa policy states that the majority of travelers who want to enter the country for tourism must obtain a visa.

This may be in advance by applying for an electronic travel visa online or by submitting a visa application at the nearest government diplomatic office, or by queuing for a visa on arrival from a border entry checkpoint.

Those that are eligible to apply for the Egypt tourist eVisa are recommended to choose this visa option, as it eliminates the need to go to an embassy in person or spend travel time waiting in border queues. Unlike the other tourist visa types, an eVisa is normally quickly processed and approved.

There are approximately 150 countries and territories around the world whose citizens can pre-register online for a eVisa for tourism. Depending on the applicant’s nationality, the Egypt electronic visa may be issued as a single or multiple entry permit.

The electronic visa will only be issued for eligible travelers who want to visit Egypt for tourism activities. Tourists not eligible for the eVisa are required to obtain a visa on arrival at Egyptian immigration control or through the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate.

Below you can find further information about the tourist requirements for your nationality to enter Egypt.

Egypt eVisa

There are currently up to 150 countries that can apply for an electronic visa for Egypt through an online application, to visit the country for tourism purposes.

The eVisa can be single or multiple entry, depending on the laws that exist between the citizens of the country of origin with Egypt, the purpose of the visit and, the duration of the stay.

The visa policy of Egypt states that eVisa holders can stay for up to 30 days per permitted entry to the country. Both the single and multiple entry online visa is valid for 90 days from the date of approval.

When applying for an Egyptian eVisa, the traveler must have an eligible passport valid for 6 months minimum from the expected date of arrival in Egypt.

Eligible citizens must fill out a simple online application form at least 7 days in advance of the intended entry date to Egypt. The applicant is required to indicate basic personal data, travel information and passport information on the form.

Once approved, the eVisa will be electronically linked to the passport and a copy will also be sent via email. Travelers are advised to carry a paper print-out of this copy when traveling to Egypt.

It is also possible to apply for a extension for the eVisa for Egypt once in the country, from a local Immigration Office.

Egypt eVisa-eligible travelers who wish to visit for purposes such as to work or study, are required to apply for a visa through the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate.

Find below a full list of all the countries for which an eVisa is needed to visit Egypt.

Visa on Arrival

Citizens of around 60 countries around the world are able to obtain a visa on arrival at an immigration checkpoint in Egypt.

A visa on arrival is a single entry travel document that permits a short stay of up to 30 days in Egypt from the moment of approval.

To obtain a visa on arrival for Egypt, it is necessary to go directly to border control upon arrival in Egypt and wait in an immigration queue to receive a visa on arrival application to complete.

After completing the form with a range of personal details, passport data, and travel information, the applicant is required to pay the Egypt visa on arrival fee in the local cash currency. Payment by credit/debit card is not accepted.

To receive an approved Egyptian visa on arrival, the applicant must also have a valid passport with at least 2 blank pages to which a visa sticker will be attached.

Travelers who wish to visit Egypt for stays longer than 30 consecutive days, or for other permitted purposes, should contact their nearest Egyptian diplomatic mission for further information.

Check the list below to see if your nationality is eligible for the Egypt visa on arrival.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Egypt’s immigration rules state that up to 130 nationalities around the world are required to apply for an embassy visa to visit the country, regardless of the period of stay or the purpose of the visit.

The protocol of obtaining an Egyptian embassy visa involves requesting an appointment at an Egyptian government diplomatic office. It is recommended to make the appointment well in advance of the expected travel dates since it may take up to 2 weeks or more for an embassy visa application to be processed and approved.

All applicants for an embassy visa must hold a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Egypt.

Applicants must also provide supporting documentation depending on the desired purpose of stay, whether for tourism, business, transit, or to work, study or become a resident of Egypt.

All individuals applying for an embassy visa for Egypt are also required to complete an application form with relevant information and pay a visa fee before the travel document can be approved.

Browse the list below and discover if an Egypt embassy visa is required for your nationality to travel to the country.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Visa Not Required

The Egyptian visa policy states that citizens of under 10 countries do not need a visa for Egypt for a short period of stay, which varies depending on the traveler’s nationality.

This includes citizens of all of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, who are visa-exempt for Egypt for stays of up to 90 days, and citizens of Malaysia, who can stay in Egypt visa-free for a maximum of 15 days.

The Egypt visa-free program also applies to citizens of a number of countries who comply with certain conditions, which vary according to nationality. Additionally, most foreign citizens who are relatives of Egyptians, whether children or spouses who have proof of marriage, are visa-exempt for the country.

In order to cross the Egyptian border without a visa, it is usually necessary to present an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months.

Visa-free entry to Egypt is usually granted for purposes of either tourism or business. Furthermore, all foreign citizens who are only passing through Egypt for a period of time between 6 and 48 hours do not need a transit visa.

To visit Egypt for longer stays for other purposes, it is normally necessary to apply for a visa from an Egyptian diplomatic mission.

Below you can find a full list of the Egypt visa not required countries.

Visa Not Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Sinai Resort Visa Exemption for Egypt

A visa is not required for a number of foreign citizens if the traveler is only planning to visit one of the resorts located on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

This currently includes nationals of the United States, all European Union countries, and Israel (if they are traveling through Taba Border Crossing). In place of a visa, these eligible travelers are issued a free entry permission stamp in their passport upon arrival at select ports in Egypt.

This visa exemption applies to all eligible citizens arriving at either Sharm el Sheikh, Saint Catherine or Taba airports, and who are planning to travel to any of the following Sinai resorts:

  • Sharm El Sheikh
  • Dahab
  • Nuweiba
  • Taba

The fee entry permit for the Sinai Peninsula allows the holder to stay for a maximum of 14 days, on the condition that they do no leave their resort during their stay.

To stay in the Sinai resorts for longer periods, or travel outside of the peninsula, It will be necessary to apply for the relevant Egypt visa type.

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