Egypt Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No Yes
British Yes No Yes/1
Canadian Yes No Yes
Other EU Yes No Yes/1
USA Yes No Yes/1

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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.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the consulate/embassy to check visa requirements for Egypt.

Types and cost

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.

Application to

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.

Temporary residence

Foreign nationals can apply for residency in Egypt, subject to conditions.

Working days

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.

Extension of stay

Visas can be extended for up to a year at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Entry with children

Children under 16 travelling without an adult must carry a letter from their parent or legal guardian.

Entry restrictions

You cannot bring more than E£5,000 or its equivalent into the country on arrival.

Entry with pets

Pet dogs and cats must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies, and you must complete an Egypt Veterinary Certificate. Vaccinations must be administered at least 30 days (but not more than a year) before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Egypt
Telephone: (2) 2791 6000. Website: Opening times: Sun-Wed 0800-1530; Thurs 0800-1400.
Embassy of Egypt in the USA
Telephone: (202) 895 5400. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1800.
Egyptian Consulate in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7235 9777. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230 (lodging applications); 1430-1600 (visa collection).

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