Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to be in possession of a valid passport. A visa is required for most citizens of other countries when entering into Egypt. Upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry, visitors from these countries may obtain a visa: USA, United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, and Ukraine.
Residents of countries not mentioned must apply for a visa through their nearest Egyptian Consulate or Embassy. Find the Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
Visas are easily obtained at the airport upon arrival in Egypt; the cost in 2014 is about $20 (USD) per person. Your TOET airport chaperone will collect passports and funds from each guest and purchase visas upon arrival. He will then assist you through customs and help you collect your luggage.
Visa information from the Egyptian Embassy (Washington, DC)
Visa information from the US Consulate (Cairo, Egypt)
Entry visas may also be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions Abroad or from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA). It is, however, possible for most tourists and visitors to obtain an entry visa at any of the Major Ports of Entry. Please check with your nearest Egyptian Consular mission for more details concerning visa regulations applying to your citizenship.
There are three types of Egyptian visas:
- Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple entry basis.
- Entry Visa: is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc. The possession of a valid Entry Visa is needed to complete the residence procedure in Egypt.
- Transit Visa.
MAJOR PORTS OF ENTRY INTO EGYPT
- Cairo International (2 terminals)
- Alexandria Nozha
- Luxor, Upper Egypt
- Aswan, Upper Egypt
- Hurghaga, Red Sea
- Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai
- Alexandria, Mediterranean
- Port Said, Mediterranean
- Damietta, Mediterranean
- Suez, Gulf of Suez
- Nuweiba, Gulf of Aqaba
- Hurghada, Red Sea
- Safaga, Red Sea
- Sharm El-Sheikh, Red Sea
Overland Entry Posts:
- Salloum, northwestern border (to and from Libya)
- Rafah, northeastern border (to and from Gaza strip, the Occupied Territories and Israel)
- Taba, eastern border (to and from Israel)
Exemptions from Visa Fees
Egyptian visa fees do not apply to the following:
- Holders of diplomatic passports.
- Officials of international organizations and specialized agencies and state delegates to conferences.
- Arab League officials.
- Non-national spouses of Egyptian nationals.
- Non-national members of the clergy, prominent scientists, journalists and members of official cultural, educational and sports delegations.
- Non-national students studying in Egyptian institutions.
- Non-diplomatic personnel of diplomatic and consular missions affected in Egypt.
- Parents, siblings and adult children of members of the diplomatic and consular corps affected in Egypt.
- Nationals of Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia and the United States are partially exempt from Egyptian visa fees and will, therefore, pay a reduced fee.
The following are exempt from visa requirement when visiting Egypt:
Nationals of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
Holders of diplomatic passports of Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, and Turkey.
Foreigners arriving in Egypt on board of ships are granted a permission to visit the port of arrival for 24 hours and catch their ship at the same port. They can also be granted permission to enter the country for a visit not exceeding a period of 3 days before catching their ship at the port of arrival or at any other port.
Air passengers transiting in Egyptian airports are allowed entry for a quick trip not to exceed 24 hours. In the event of emergency landing, passengers are entitled to enter Egypt for a period of:
- 24 hours in case of poor weather conditions.
- 48 hours in case of technical faults to the aircraft.