Egypt Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Egypt, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of issue of the visa is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Visitors from all countries, except nationals of the EU and the USA, must register with the police within one week of arrival in Egypt, although this service is normally undertaken by hotels. When you check in at your hotel the receptionist will ask to see your passport, and will record its details for the police.
Nationals from all the countries in the chart above have the option of obtaining tourist visas upon arrival in Egypt. They are usually valid for three months.
Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except:
1. EU and US nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba resorts for up to a maximum of 15 days, who do not need a visa and will receive an entry permission stamp on arrival.
You can obtain visas from Egyptian consulates in your country of residence or on arrival at airports in Egypt or at the port in Alexandria. A multiple-visit visa is necessary if your trip includes travel in and out of Egypt.
Business visa applications must be submitted with a letter from the company stating reasons for the visit.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the consulate/embassy to check visa requirements for Egypt.
The Egyptian authorities are planning to replace visas on arrival with an electronic system. This was originally going to be implemented in May 2015, but has been postponed. At the time of writing (April 2015), it is still possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Once the changes have been made, tourists travelling with a tour operator will still be able to obtain a visa on arrival, but independent travellers will have to apply for a visa in advance.
Cost varies according to nationality. UK and Australian nationals: tourist: £20 (single-entry); £32 (multiple-entry); business: £65 (single-entry); £105 (multiple-entry).
Canadian nationals: tourist: £20 (single-entry); £32 (multiple-entry); business: £50 (single-entry); £75 (multiple-entry).
USA nationals: tourist: US$15 (single- or multiple-entry); business: US$40 (single-entry); US$55 (multiple-entry).
Visa fees for other EU nationals visiting Egypt vary according to country, but most follow the same fees that apply to UK and Australian nationals.
Single- and multiple-entry visas are valid for six months from the date of issue for a maximum stay of 60 days and 90 days respectively. Extensions are available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Egypt.
Those continuing their journey to a third country within 24 hours and remaining in the airport do not need a visa, providing they hold confirmed onward tickets.
You can obtain tourist visas from the Egyptian consulate in your country of residence or from the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, and the port at Alexandria.
Applications made in person require two days and postal applications normally take about five days. For certain nationalities, applications can take up to six weeks if they need to be referred to the authorities in Egypt.
Children under 16 travelling without an adult must carry a letter from their parent or legal guardian.
You cannot bring more than E£5,000 or its equivalent into the country on arrival.