Egypt: the land of towering pyramids, pharaohs, and some of the oldest history on earth. From the Sahara desert to the river Nile, Egypt certainly lives up to the hype. To experience everything the magical country has to offer, make sure to apply for an Egypt Visa. Depending on what you need, there are different types of visas, applications, and Egypt entry requirements. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.
Which Egypt Visa is Right for You?
With a few exceptions (countries like UAE, Malaysia, and Hong Kong), nearly all countries will require a visa to enter Egypt. Depending on what you need there are two options available:
1. Single entry tourist visa
This visa permits you to enter Egypt once for a maximum of 30 days. It can be applied for online (E visa). Apply here
2. Multiple entry tourist visa
This allows you to enter and leave Egypt as many times as you like within a 90 day period (as long as you only spend a total of 30 days traveling in Egypt). You can apply online (E visa). Apply here.
You are required to provide:
- 2 passport photos (with your name written on the back)
- 2 copies of your passport photo page
- A completed application form (downloaded from your embassy website)
- The visa fee in cash
2. Apply for an Egypt Visa Online
The easiest and most convenient way for tourists to apply for an Egypt visa is online. (Apply here) This type of visa is called an ‘E Visa’ and it must be applied for at least 7 days before your departure. All you have to do is fill out the application form, providing your:
- Passport information (your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from arrival in Egypt)
- Date of arrival and departure
- Contact information of your tour group or place of residence while in Egypt
- A photo or scan of your passport photo page
Don’t worry if you’re applying for your Evisa before you’ve booked your flight, as you can estimate your arrival date. However, Egypt entry requirements state that must know at least the first night’s accommodation.
Tip: Have you been to Egypt before? You need to mention this during your Egypt visa application and also provide the date.
What happens after you apply?
Once you have applied and paid the fee, your E Visa should be granted within the next few days. It will be sent to you via email with a downloadable link. Once it is granted, it is valid for 90 days, so you must enter and leave Egypt within this time. If you apply more than 90 days ahead of your trip, the system will automatically postpone your approval to a time that fits your travel schedule.
3. Egypt Visa on Arrival
There is also the option to apply for your Egypt visa on arrival, which is an easy process. All you need to do is visit an official bank kiosk on arrival at the airport. Here, you pay for your Egypt visa on arrival (25 USD) in cash, but this fee can also be paid in British Pounds or Euros. Once you’ve paid, they will give you a stamp you need to put inside your passport.