Do you need a visa to go to Egypt?

Monica Gerges

Sep 3, 2023 • 4 min read

A female tourist sitting on a sand dune and looking at the Pyramids of Giza.

Most travelers need a visa to visit Egypt, but you'll soon get to see the Pyramids of Giza © SrdjanPav / Getty Images

Almost all travelers require a visa to enter Egypt, but fortunately, the process is pretty simple, and a little advance planning goes a long way.

This guide will walk you through the entry requirements for visiting the land of pyramids on a tourist visa.

Who needs a visa to visit Egypt?

Most nationalities need a visa to enter Egypt, but citizens of many countries can apply for an e-Visa in advance or obtain a visa on arrival at Egypt’s international airports. Both cost US$25.

Getting an e-Visa is generally a smoother process than getting a visa at the airport. Apply for a tourist visa online in advance on  the Egyptian Government's official e-Visa website . All you have to do is fill out the online application form and pay.

If you decide to get a visa at the airport when you land in Egypt, be prepared to wait in line – bring your own pen to fill out the paperwork in line or on the plane – and pay in cash (US dollars, euros or British pounds only, not Egyptian pounds).

Citizens of Bahrain, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Macau, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can enter Egypt visa-free for up to 90 days. Citizens of Malaysia can enter for up to 14 days.

If you're not eligible to get a visa on arrival or an e-Visa, head to the Egyptian embassy or consulate in your home country and apply in person. The visa process can take several weeks.

How to get an e-Visa for Egypt

To save time, apply for an e-Visa before your trip to Egypt. Citizens of these countries are eligible for Egypt’s e-Visa and can apply on the Egyptian government's official website . Your passport must be valid for at least six months before the date you intend to arrive. 

The process is simple: sign up for an account, fill the form and pay the US$25 using a credit or debit card. You’ll receive email notifications as the application is processed.  

If you’re issued a visa, you’ll be emailed a link to your e-Visa to download and print the document. When you land in Egypt, present the e-Visa to the Egyptian border patrol with your passport. Have a copy of your accommodation details or tour booking in case you’re asked to show them at the airport.

Egypt’s e-Visa can be single or multiple entry. The single-entry visa allows visitors one entry into the country for stays of up to 30 days. The multiple-entry visa allows travelers to come into  Egypt an unlimited number of times over a period of 180 days and for up to 30 days at a time. Apply for a multi-entry visa at least seven days before your trip.

Visa on arrival in Egypt

If you don’t have time to apply for an e-Visa, you can still get a visa on arrival at the airport if you’re eligible. Visas are available for purchase (US$25) at a kiosk in the arrivals hall before the immigration counters. 

Have the correct amount in cash in a major foreign currency (US dollars, euros or British pounds) to avoid delays.

The visa comes in the form of a stamp that you’ll need to put into your passport to present at the immigration counters and passport control. 

If you opt for a visa on arrival, you’ll need a passport that’s valid for at least six months from your arrival date, a travel itinerary and documentation to show you've booked accommodations or tours.

Visa on arrival is available at all of Egypt’s international airports. The downsides are that you can be issued a single entry visa only, and the lines at the airport can be long.

A snorkeler swims near a coral reef in the Red Sea near Dahab, Egypt

You don't need a visa to stay in Sinai on short trips

If you are visiting the resort towns on the Gulf of Aqaba coast and won’t be going to mainland Egypt, you can stay in Sinai for 14 days without buying an Egyptian visa. The Sinai-only visa allows travellers to visit Sharm El Sheikh , Dahab , Nuweiba , Taba and St Catherine, but you cannot go to Ras Muhammad National Park.

The Sinai-only visa is available at the airport in Sharm El Sheikh and the Egypt–Israel border crossing at Taba. If you arrive at Taba and plan to visit mainland Egypt, you must purchase a visa online in advance or at an Egyptian embassy abroad.

This article was first published Jun 26, 2022 and updated Sep 3, 2023.

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3521 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008 TEL: 202.895.5400 TEL: 202.895.5408 FAX: 202.244.4319 FAX: 202.244.5131 For Consular inquiries, please contact: TEL: 202.966.6342 Email: [email protected] FB: Egyptian Consular Section in Washington, D.C.

We only serve applicants (except for Official & Diplomatic & Laissez Passer visas) from the following states: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. If you reside in a state that is not listed above, kindly contact One of our consulates that has your jurisdiction from the link  here .

Pickup slip is required to retrieve the passport with the visa

Insufficient or incorrect applications will be returned at the applicant’s expense

Visa applicants are required to provide all the documents listed below. Any submissions with incomplete documents or missing copies will be returned

Visa Requirements

For Tourist Visa: AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY

Applying in person at the Egyptian Consulate:

  • Fully completed and signed visa application form with  ONE  photo stapled to the form  Download application form here
  • ONE  copy of the completed application form with a photo
  • ONE  2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photo on a white background (the photo must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual passport plus  TWO  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (valid for at least 6 months on arrival) and has an empty Visa page
  • Fees: $27 (Single Entry) or $62 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) cash. An exact change is required.
  • One Copy of a round-trip ticket
  • One Copy of the accommodation reservation in Egypt (Hotel reservation). If the visa applicant residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application: Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/address)
  • Driver’s license and a copy (must be a resident within the states we serve  here )

Applying for a visa by mail:

  • One Copy of the accommodation reservation in Egypt (Hotel reservation). If the visa applicant will be residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application (on the Details of Visit Section): Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/address)
  • Please only provide express mail or certified mail (pre-addressed pre-stamped envelope) for the return of the passports/Documents. We do not take responsibility for any loss that may occur in mailing
  • Mailing Address: Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Visa Section) , 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Fees: $27 (Single Entry) or $62 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) Cashier’s Check Only from a U.S. Bank  payable to the Consulate of Egypt  (We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)

For Tourist Visa: Non-AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY

(except for the list of countries  here )

  • TWO  copies of green card (front and back) valid for more than 6 months; or work visa that is valid for more than 6 months with employment verification letter; or a student visa that is valid for more than 6 months with school verification letter
  • TWO  photocopies of round-trip ticket or confirmed itinerary
  • One copy of the accommodation reservation (Hotel reservation) in Egypt. If the visa applicant will be residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application (on the Details of Visit Section): Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/address)
  • Fees: $27 (Single Entry) or $62 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) cash (except for UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Nigerian passport holders, fees are on the link here: Click here for the visa fees ). An exact change is required.
  • One copy of the accommodation reservation (Hotel reservation) in Egypt . If the visa applicant will be residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application (on the Details of Visit Section): Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/address)
  • Mailing Address: Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Visa Section), 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Fees: $27 (Single Entry) or $62 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) Cashier’s check from the bank addressed to the consulate of Egypt (except for UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Nigerian passport holders, fees are on the link here: Click here for the visa fees  ).  (We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)
  • A copy of driver license (must be a resident within the states we serve  here )

Notes: For Uzbekistan passport holders applying for a visa 21 years old and under they require a visa and have to be accompanied by a parent to travel to Egypt.

www.visa2egypt.gov.eg  

  • E-visa portal provides tourist visas only
  • All inquiries must be directed to the help page on the E-visa website, not through any of the Egyptian consulates in the US
  • Confirm that your country is eligible for the online service listed in the Q&A on the portal
  • The above link is the only official link affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For Business/Entry/Visit Visa: AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY

Applying in person at the Egyptian Consulate

  • TWO copies of the letter from the company indicating the detailed purpose of the trip and financial guarantee of the company / contractors with US government must provide an official supporting letter as well.
  • TWO copies of the letter/invitation from the company/organization in Egypt
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry) or $87 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) cash. Exact change is required
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry) or $87 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country)  Cashier’s Check Only from a U.S. Bank  payable to the Consulate of Egypt  ( We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)
  • A copy of driver license (must be a resident within the states we serve  here

For Business/Entry/Visit Visa : Non-AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS

( ONLY FOR APPLICANT’S NOT INCLUDED ON THE LIST OF COUNTRIES here )

  • TWO copies of the letter from the company indicating the detailed purpose of the trip (Name of person, Company the person working for in the US, Company will be working for in Egypt, Conference/Seminar attending, Dates traveling to Egypt, How long will be staying in Egypt) and financial guarantee of the company
  • TWO  copies of round-trip ticket or confirmed itinerary
  • One Copy of the accommodation reservation in Egypt (Hotel reservation)
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry) or $87 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) (except for UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Nigerian passport holders, fees are on the link here: Click here for the visa fees ). An exact change is required.
  • Original driver license and a copy (must be a resident within the states we serve  here )
  • One  copy of the completed application form with a photo
  • One  2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photo on a white background (the photo must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual passport plus  Two  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (valid for at least 6 months on arrival) and has an empty Visa page
  • Two copies of the letter from the company indicating the detailed purpose of the trip (Name of person, Company the person working for in the US, Company will be working for in Egypt, Conference/Seminar attending, Dates traveling to Egypt, How long will be staying in Egypt) and financial guarantee of the company
  • Two  copies of round-trip ticket or confirmed itinerary
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry) or $87 (Multiple Entry/ applicant has to provide a ticket reflecting multiple entry into the country) (except for UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Nigerian passport holders, fees are on the link here: Click here for the visa fees ).  Cashier’s Check Only from a U.S. Bank  payable to the Consulate of Egypt  ( We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR SUDANESE PASSPORT HOLDERS

  • Fully completed and signed visa application form with ONE photo stapled to the form   Download application form here
  • ONE copy of the completed application form with a photo included 
  • ONE  2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photo on a white background (the photo must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual passport plus  TWO  copies of the information page (that has the photo or the bio page) and has an empty Visa page ( travel documents are not accepted currently )
  • Passport must be valid for more than 6 months on arrival ( expired extended passport are not accepted currently )
  • TWO  copies of valid green card (front and back) valid for more than 6 months; or work visa that is valid for more than 6 months with employment verification letter ; or a student visa that is valid for more than 6 months with school verification letter
  • TWO copies of round-trip ticket or confirmed itinerary (taking in consideration the processing time and 30 days maximum duration of stay)
  • One copy of the accommodation reservation ( Hotel reservation ) in Egypt. If the visa applicant will be residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application (on the Details of Visit Section): Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/full address)
  • Driver’s license and a copy; or a copy of your lease; or a copy of bill under the applicants name as a proof of residency ( Applications will not be accepted if you reside outside of the following states: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia )
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry only ). Exact change is required.
  • Visa duration of stay is 30 days or less and the visa itself is valid for 6 months from issue date
  • Visa cannot be extended or renewed in Egypt
  • Visa processing time is at least 14 business days

تقديم الطلب شخصيًا في القنصلية المصرية :

  • نموذج طلب تأشيرة مكتمل بالكامل وموقع بشكل كامل مع صورة واحدة مثبتة على النموذج. يمكنك تحميل نموذج الطلب من هنا .
  •   نسخة واحدة من النموذج المكتمل مع الصورة الشخصية .
  •   صورة شخصية حديثة بحجم 2 × 2 بوصة بدقة عالية على خلفية بيضاء (يجب أن تكون الصورة لا تزيد عن 6 أشهر) .
  •   جواز السفر الاصلى بالإضافة إلى نسختين من صفحة المعلومات (التي تحتوي على الصورة) ويجب أن يكون هناك صفحة فارغة للتأشيرة (لا يتم قبول وثائق السفر  حالياً ) .
  • لابد ان يكون الجواز صالح لمدة لا تقل عن 6 أشهر عند الوصول ولا يمكن التقديم بجواز منتهى ممدد
  •   الاصل ونسختين من بطاقة الإقامة الامريكية (للوجهين) و تكون صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر؛ أو تأشيرة عمل اميريكية صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر مع خطاب من جهة العمل؛ أو تأشيرة دراسة اميريكية صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر مع خطاب من جهة الجامعة.
  • نسختان من تذكرة الذهاب والإياب (جدول الرحلة المؤكد) (مع مراعاة وقت معالجة التأشيرة ومدة الإقامة القصوى لمدة 30 يومًا)
  •   نسخة واحدة من حجز الإقامة (حجز الفندق) في مصر وإذا كان مقدم الطلب سيقيم مع أحد أفراد العائلة، يجب عليه/عليها ذكر الآتي في طلب التأشيرة (في قسم تفاصيل الزيارة): اسم الفرد في العائلة / العلاقة / رقم الاتصال / العنوان  بالكامل .
  • رخصة القيادة ونسخة منها؛ أو نسخة من عقد الإيجار الخاص بكك؛ او فاتورة بها العنوان والاسم لأثبات محل الاقامة ( لن يتم قبول طلب الفيزا إذا كان مقدم الطلب يقيم خارج الولايات المختصين بيها وهي كالاتى: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia ).
  •   الرسوم: 62 دولارًا (دخول واحد فقط) .
  •   مدة الإقامة بالتأشيرة هي 30 يومًا أو أقل، وتظل التأشيرة صالحة لمدة 6 أشهر من تاريخ الإصدار
  • لا يمكن تمديد أو تجديد التأشيرة في مصر .
  •   وقت معالجة التأشيرة هو على الأقل 14 أيام عمل .
  • Actual passport plus  TWO  copies of the information page (that has the photo) and has an empty Visa page (travel documents are not accepted currently)
  • TWO  copies of round-trip ticket or confirmed itinerary (taking in consideration the processing time and 30 days maximum duration of stay )
  • One copy of the accommodation reservation ( Hotel reservation ) in Egypt. If the visa applicant will be residing with a family member, he/she has to state the following on the visa application (on the Details of Visit Section): Name of the family member/ relationship/ contact number/ full address)
  • Fees: $62 (Single Entry only) Cashier’s Check Only from a U.S. Bank payable to the Consulate or Embassy of Egypt that is recently issued  ( We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)
  • Visa processing time   is at least 14 business days
  • Please only provide paid return envelope from Post Office only to return of the passports/Documents back to applicant. We do not take responsibility for any loss that may occur in mailing
  • Mailing Address: Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Visa Section) , 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008

تقديم الطلب عن طريق البريد :

  •   نسخة واحدة من النموذج المكتمل مع صورة .
  •   نسختين من بطاقة الإقامة الامريكية (للوجهين) و تكون صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر؛ أو تأشيرة عمل اميريكية صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر مع خطاب من جهة العمل؛ أو تأشيرة دراسة اميريكية صالحة لأكثر من 6 أشهر مع خطاب من جهة الجامعة.
  •   نسخة واحدة من حجز الإقامة (حجز الفندق) في مصر وإذا كان مقدم الطلب سيقيم مع أحد أفراد العائلة، يجب عليه/عليها ذكر الآتي في طلب التأشيرة (في قسم تفاصيل الزيارة): اسم الفرد في العائلة / العلاقة / رقم الاتصال / العنوان بالكامل.
  •   الرسوم: 62 دولارًا (دخول واحد ه فقط ) .  كاشيرز شيك Cashier’s check  من البنك للقنصلية او السفاره المصرية تم اصداره حديثاً ولا يتم قبول اوامر الدفع او ال money orders
  •   وقت معالجة التأشيرة هو على الأقل 14 أيام عمل  عند استلام البريد (دون احتساب وقت البريد)
  • الرجاء توفير ظرف مدفوع من البريد السريع أو البريد المعتمد من Post office (ظرف عليه  العنوان ورقم التتبع) لإرجاع جوازا السفر. يرجى الملاحظة ان نالقنصلية غير مسؤوله عن أي فقدان قد يحدث أثناء الإرسال .
  • عنوان البريد:

Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Visa Section) , 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Entry Visa (Valid for 5 years)

  • Choose the purpose of travel (tourist or business for US and non-US passport holders) and provide listed documents above accordingly
  • Fees: $702 cash or Cashier’s Check Only from a U.S. Bank  payable to the Consulate of Egypt  ( We DO NOT accept MONEY ORDER or PERSONAL CHECKS)
  • Visa is multiple entry and valid for 5 years with a duration of stay of three months
  • Visa is not available for Sudanese passport holders
  • Visa is not available for applicants requiring pre-approval

Diplomatic Passport Holder

  • Fully completed and signed visa application form with One photo stapled to the form Download application form here
  • Two  copies of the completed application form with a  photo
  • Two 2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photos on a white background ( thephoto must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual Passport plus  three  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (still valid for at least 6 months) and has an empty Visa page
  • Three  copies of a diplomatic note with a company letterhead (e.g. US State Department/ Army Office/ Navy Office.. etc.) addressed to the Egyptian Consulate in DC stating detailed purpose and dates of travel (must be addressed from inside the States)

Official Passport Holder

  • Two  copies of the completed application form with a photo
  • Three  2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photos on a white background (photo must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual Passport plus  Three  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (still valid for at least 6 months) and has an empty Visa page
  • Three  copies of an Official note with a company letterhead (e.g. US State Department/ Army Office/ Navy Office.. etc.) addressed to the Egyptian Consulate in DC stating detailed purpose and dates of travel (must be addressed from inside the States)

United Nations Laissez Passer Holder

  • Two  copies of the completed application form with a photo
  • TWO  2″ x 2″, recent high-definition personal passport photos on white background (photo must be no more than 6 months old)
  • Actual Passport plus  Three  copies of the information page (that has the photo)(still valid for at least 6 months) and has an empty Visa page
  • Three  copies of official notes stating detailed purpose and dates of travel

List of countries that require pre-approval or have a Travel Document

  • Afghanistan
  • Any Travel Document

Kindly note that processing for pre-approval visas occurs in two stages:

First stage: Applicant mail in (copies only) or present (Original and copies) for the listed requirements below for pre-approval. Processing time for that stage is a minimum of 6-8 weeks. All applicants are advised not to make any travel plans until contacted by the visa section.

Second Stage: If approved, applicants will be contacted to submit the required documents and fees. Processing time will be 10 business days once the documents are received.

Applying in person at the Egyptian Consulate for pre-approval visas:

  • ONE  copy of the completed application form with photo photo
  • Actual passport plus  TWO  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (still valid for at least 6 months) and has an empty Visa page
  • Actual Green Card plus  TWO  copies of green card (front and back)
  • Driver’s license and a copy (must be a resident within the countries we serve here)
  • TWO  copies of the information page (that has the photo) (still valid for at least 6 months) and has an empty Visa page
  • TWO  copies of green card (front and back)

travel documents for egypt

Jurisdiction

Kindly note that the Consular Section in DC  only accepts  visa applications received by mail or in person from the states we serve  (Delaware – Florida – Georgia – Maryland – N. Carolina -S. Carolina- Virginia – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia) .

If you reside in another state that is not mentioned above, kindly contact the Egyptian consulate that has your jurisdiction from the link  here .

Walk-ins for the Egyptian consulate in DC

Walk-ins are accepted from Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM except for national and federal holidays.

  • Appointments are not required during business hours for visa services.
  • Mailing Address : Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Telephone:  202-966-6342  (PLEASE NOTE: Phone lines operate from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm ONLY)
  • Fax:  202-244-5131

Visa On Arrival

(Emergency Visas)

Visa applicants (except the listed nationalities  here ) are advised to get the visa in advance from the Egyptian consulate that serves their state of residency.

Applicants planning on getting emergency visa at the airport must do/have the following:

  • Passport must be valid for more than 6 months at arrival
  • US Green Card must be valid for more than 6 months
  • Confirm with the airlines that a visa is not required to be boarded on the plane
  • Canadian passport holders cannot acquire visa on arrival only through the Egyptian consulate that has their jurisdiction
  • Passports holder’s who are on list of countries requiring pre-approval cannot acquire visa upon arrival

Kindly note that Egyptian customs have the right to deny entry at the airport if necessary.

Visas processing times

For more information on Tourism in Egypt, please visit the Official website “The Egyptian Tourism Authority” on the link below:  https://egypt.travel/

Egyptian Consulates in the United States:

Egyptian Consulate -Washington, D.C.  Website:  egyptembassy.net (Serving: Delaware – Florida – Georgia – Maryland – N. Carolina -S. Carolina- Virginia – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia) 3521 International Court, N.W. Washington, D. C. 20008 Tel # 1 (202) 966-6342Fax # 1(202) 244-5131 E-mail:  [email protected]

Egyptian Consulate – Chicago  Website:  www.egyptinchicago.org (Serving: Illinois- Indiana- Iowa- Kentucky- Michigan -Minnesota- Nebraska- N. Dakota-S. Dakota –Wisconsin) 180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite #1150 Chicago, IL 60601 Tel # 1(312) 332-7210 / 4/ 6 Fax# 1(312) 828-9167 E-mail: [email protected]

Egyptian Consulate- Houston  Website:  www.consulateofegypthouston.com/en/consular-services/ (Serving: Alabama – Arkansas – Colorado – Kansas – Louisiana -Mississippi – Missouri –New Mexico – Oklahoma –Tennessee – Texas) 5718 Westheimer St. Suite # 1350 Houston, TX 77057 Tel # 1 (713) 961-4915 or 1(713) 961-4916 Fax # 1(713) 977-0323

Egyptian Consulate – Los Angeles  Website:  www.egyconsulatela.com (Serving: Alaska – Arizona – California – Idaho – Hawaii – Montana – Nevada – Oregon – Washington – Wyoming – Utah) 6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1890 Los Angeles, CA 90048 Tel # 1(323) 933-9700 or 1 (323) 933-9757 or 1 (323) 933-1401 Fax # 1(323) 933-9725 Email:  [email protected]

Egyptian Consulate – New York  Website:  www.egypt-nyc.com (Serving: Connecticut- Maine- Massachusetts – New Hampshire-New Jersey- Ohio- Pennsylvania- Puerto Rico – Rhode Island -Vermont- New York) 866 United Nations Plaza 5th Floor, Room 586 New York, NY. 10017 Tel # 1(212) 759-7120 Fax # 1(212) 308-7643 Email:  [email protected]

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Travel to Egypt

Passports and visas are required for any person travelling to Egypt. Visitors arriving from most countries in Africa, South and North America will need a vaccinations certificate against yellow fever. Tourism in Egypt is a major earner of foreign currency.

The tourists annual percentage was stable since 1988 after the end of the Iran-Iraq war. In 2003, there were 6,044,160 tourists, mainly from Europe. The main tourist attractions include the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids at Giza, the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, the Abu Simbel temples at South of Aswan, and the Muhammad Ali Mosque in Cairo. The US Department of State estimated the daily cost of staying in Cairo to reach $239 in 2005.

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Egypt Embassy & Consulates

Washington, d.c..

3521 International Court NW Washington, D.C 20008 Tel: 202.966.6342 [email protected]

New York, NY

866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 586 New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212.759.7120 [email protected]

Chicago, IL

180 N. Michigan Ave. , Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601 Tel: 312.332.7210, 312.332.7214 , 312.332.7216, 312.332.7217 [email protected]

Los Angeles, CA

180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite # 1150 Los Angeles, CA 90048 Tel: 323.933.9700 [email protected]

Houston, TX

718 Westheimer St., Suite # 1350 Suite 2180 Houston, TX 77057 Tel: 713.961.4915 [email protected]

Ottawa, Canada

454 Laurier Avenue, East Ottawa, Ontario K1N6R3 Tel: (613)234-4931, (613)234-4935 [email protected]

Montreal, Canada

1 Place Ville Marie, # 2617 , QUE H3B 4S3 Tel: (514) 866 84 55, 866 8456, 866 8457 [email protected]

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Can I travel to Egypt from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Egypt.

Can I travel to Egypt if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Egypt without restrictions.

Can I travel to Egypt without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Egypt without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Egypt?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Egypt.

Can I travel to Egypt without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in Egypt?

Mask usage in Egypt is required in enclosed environments and public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in Egypt?

Restaurants in Egypt are open. Bars in Egypt are .

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Step-by-step guide to obtaining a visa for Egypt

This article covers basic questions related to obtaining an Egyptian tourist visa, such as the documents required, the validity period, countries that qualify for e-visa, etc.

Step 1: Check If You Need a Visa for Egypt

Travelers from most countries in the world (including the US, UK, Canada, and Australia) must have the correct documentation before arriving in Egypt. Having all your paperwork done properly in advance saves time and unnecessary expenses.

On entering Egypt, the officer at border control will check your passport as well as other travel documents, such as your visa and additional documents demonstrating your purpose of travel and nationality.

More specifically (updated March 30, 2020), passport holders from the following countries and territories may enjoy a visa-free visit to Egypt for up to 90 days:

  • Macao, China
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Lebanon — at Sharm el Sheikh International Airport, Hurghada Airport, or Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport (if arriving by a charter flight)
  • Malaysia (up to 14 days)

Passport holders of the following countries may also enjoy a visa-free visit under certain conditions:

  • Afghanistan (provided the traveler is ≥50 or ≤16 years of age)
  • Algeria (provided that the traveler is ≤14 years of age)
  • China (provided that the traveler holds a return/onward ticket, hotel reservation confirmation in a 4- or 5-star hotel, and the equivalent of USD 2,000)
  • Libya (provided that the traveler is a female national or a resident of Butnan District; on Sundays and Mondays).
  • Jordan (provided that the traveler holds a normal 5-year passport, and the passport does not contain a stamp on page 60 from the Jordanian Registration Office)
  • Lebanon (for all of Egypt, provided the traveler is ≥50 or ≤16 years of age; a visa is not required for Alexandria and South Sinai, for travelers of all ages)
  • Morocco (provided that the traveler is ≤14 years of age)
  • Sudan (provided that the traveler is ≥50 or ≤16 years of age, or is a female national)
  • South Sudan (provided that the traveler is ≥50 or ≤16 years of age, or is a female national)
  • Tunisia (provided that the traveler is ≤14 years of age)
  • Yemen (provided that the traveler is ≥50 or ≤16 years of age, or is traveling for medical reasons)
  • Palestinian (provided that the travel document has been issued by Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan for a female traveler, or for a male traveler who is ≥40 or ≤18 years of age)
  • Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belize, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Moldova (except female travelers between 15 to 35 years of age), Nicaragua, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turkey (for those travelling as part of a tourist group that includes at least five citizens of one of the nationalities; all travelers should hold a return ticket and pre-booked accommodation and have a signed guarantee letter from a travel agency in Egypt)
  • Sons and daughters born to an Egyptian father (except nationals of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Qatar), or to an Egyptian mother if born after July 25, 2004 (except nationals of Syria, Iraq, Qatar, and Yemen), and to wives of Egyptian nationals who hold proof of marriage (except nationals of Syria, Iraq, Morocco, and Qatar)

Passport holders of countries and territories that are not listed are required to obtain an Egypt visa to visit the country.

Step 2: Find Out which Visa You Need

Egypt has introduced an electronic tourist visa, which has a quick and convenient application process. The e-visa can be used over a period of three months (90 days) and for a stay of up to 30 days from the date of arrival.

Passport holders from the following countries and territories may be issued an e-visa (updated March 30, 2020):

Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former FYR Macedonia, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Visa on Arrival

Citizens of the following countries may obtain a visa on arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry (updated March 30, 2020):

  • All European Union citizens (nationals of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Portugal may enter with a national ID card but must bring a passport photograph for their visa)
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Citizens of Turkey may obtain a visa on arrival provided that they are ≥45 or ≤18 years of age, or have a residence permit issued by Australia, Canada, the US, or an EU member state
  • Citizens of Sudan may obtain a visa on arrival if they have a residence permit issued by Australia, Canada, the US, or an EU member state
  • Passengers with a residence permit issued by a GCC member state may obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days (the permit must be valid for a minimum of six months from the arrival date)
  • According to data that the Egyptian government provided to the IATA (International Transport Association), citizens of any country may obtain a visa on arrival to Egypt that is valid for 30 days, except for citizens of the following 84 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, R Congo, DR Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, DPR Korea, R Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon (except Alexandria and South Sinai), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Qatar, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey (except those who are ≥45 or ≤18 years of age), Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Consulate Visa

Visitors who hold passports from countries not eligible for an e-visa or visa on arrival must apply for a visa in person. A visa approval — which takes several weeks to process — may be sought from competent authorities in Egypt.

Step 3. Prepare the Required Documents

  • Completed and signed visa application form with one photograph stapled to the form and one copy of the completed application form with the photograph
  • Two 2x2″ (51x51 mm) recent high-definition passport photographs taken against a white background (the photograph must be no more than six months old)
  • Actual passport (valid for at least six months, with an empty page for the visa) and two copies of the information page
  • Two photocopies of a Green Card (front and back) or valid US visa (for travelers who are residents of the US)
  • Other supporting documents, such as copies of your round-trip tickets and itinerary. If you are a resident alien in the country from which you are traveling, you may need to provide a copy of your residency card.
  • A valid email address (to register and apply for the e-visa)
  • Passport valid for at least six months from date of arrival in Egypt
  • Valid debit or credit card (for payment)
  • Host information (such as hotel or local contact)
  • Travel itinerary (checked on arrival)
  • Hotel bookings / details about places on the itinerary, if traveling as a tourist (checked on arrival)
  • Applicant must be from one of the eligible countries
  • Passport valid for at least six months, with at least two blank pages
  • Payment in cash (USD) only

Step 4. Pay the Fee and Collect your Egyptian Visa

For the e-visa, the fee is paid when you submit your application online. You can simply print it out and present it at the port of entry.

The cost (charged on your card) is USD 25 per person for a single-entry visa (tourist), and USD 60 per person for a multiple-entry visa (tourist). You will obtain your visa in about 2–8 weeks depending on your location and nationality.

For a visa on arrival, the cost is USD 25 (single entry). You may only pay in cash, as credit and debit cards are not accepted at the airport terminal. After making the payment, you will receive a visa sticker which you will need to present at the immigration desk to gain entry to Egypt.

For the consulate visa, the cost for a tourist visa ranges between USD 15–30 depending on your country of origin. Please be aware that most consulates/embassies accept only cash or cashier's checks. It normally takes about 1–8 weeks for the application to be processed, depending on your location and nationality.

When to Apply for Your Egypt Visa

For the e-visa, travelers must create an e-visa application at least seven days prior to departure, according to the Ministry of Interior of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

For the consulate visa, we suggest you submit your application at least six weeks before your departure for Egypt.

A visa on arrival may be applied for at border control prior to queuing up for immigration. Simply bring your documents, tickets, cash, and cards along with you.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice .

Areas where FCDO advises against travel

Your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel against FCDO advice. Consular support is also severely limited where FCDO advises against travel.

Egypt-Libya border

FCDO advises against all travel to within 20km of the Egypt-Libya border, except for the town of El Salloum (where we advise against all but essential travel).

North Sinai

FCDO advises against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai.

Northern part of South Sinai

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the northern part of the Governorate of South Sinai, beyond the St Catherine-Nuweibaa road, except for the coastal areas along the west and east of the peninsula.

The eastern part of Ismailiyah Governorate

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Ismailiyah Governorate east of the Suez Canal.

Western Desert

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, except for:

  • Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings
  • the Governorate of Faiyum
  • the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh
  • the Marsa Matruh-Siwa Road
  • the oasis town of Siwa
  • the Giza Governorate north-east of the Bahariya Oasis
  • the road between Giza and Farafra (but we advise against all but essential travel on the road between Bahariya and Siwa)
  • Bahariya Oasis, Farafra, the White Desert and Black Desert

Hala’ib Triangle and Bir Tawil Trapezoid

FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Hala’ib Triangle and the Bir Tawil Trapezoid.

Find out more about why FCDO advises against travel .

Conflict in neighbouring Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs)

The Israeli government has declared a state of emergency across the whole country. International borders in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) could close at short notice. As a result, the land border into Israel from Egypt at Taba could close with little notice. Check with local authorities and consult the travel advice for  Israel  and the  Occupied Palestinian Territories  before trying to cross the border.

In response to events in Israel and the OPTs, a number of demonstrations have taken place in Egypt and protests have been planned, including after Friday prayers. Demonstrations could take place at short notice, with a heavy security presence in place. You should avoid large gatherings, demonstrations and protests. See  Safety and security

Entering Egypt from Gaza

The Rafah border crossing partially opened on 1 November. This is primarily to facilitate the evacuation of seriously wounded Palestinians and some foreign nationals. We understand that the crossing will continue to be open for controlled and time-limited periods to allow specific groups of foreign nationals, including British nationals, to cross. It is for the Egyptian and Israeli authorities to determine who is permitted to cross, and when. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will contact Embassies to let them know when their foreign nationals can cross. Should we receive notification from the Israeli and Egyptian authorities that individuals are permitted to cross, we will notify those people individually.

Movement to the Rafah crossing and beyond is at your own risk. You should only travel if you judge it is safe to do so. Check the  Israel and The Occupied Palestinian Territories travel advice.

The Egyptian authorities have said all aid going into Gaza from Egypt must be channelled through the Egyptian Red Crescent:

  • telephone: + 20 226 703 979, + 20 226 703 983
  • fax: + 20 226 703 967

They are unlikely to consider requests for humanitarian access made in Egypt at short notice.

Concern for friends and family

If you are concerned about friends or family, or need consular assistance call:

  • British Embassy Cairo on + 20 (0)2 2791 6000
  • +44 1767 667 600  (UK number) if you experience technical difficulties with the above number

Incidents in South Sinai  

On 27 October, an Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson confirmed that an unidentified drone fell near a medical facility in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Taba next to the Israeli border, injuring six people. An additional unidentified drone also struck outside the town of Nuweiba, though no casualties have been confirmed. The authorities are conducting ongoing investigations.

Incident in Alexandria

On 8 October 2023, an Egyptian police officer is reported to have shot and killed two Israeli tourists and an Egyptian tour guide in Alexandria. A third tourist was injured. Remain vigilant and exercise caution at tourist and religious sites, as well as public gatherings. Find out more information on current risks on the  Safety and security .

Border crossings from Sudan

There are still people trying to cross the border into Egypt at Argeen and Qustul. Our ability to provide consular assistance is very limited.

If you are a British national and have crossed the border without valid documentation, contact the British Embassy in Cairo for consular assistance on + 20 (0)2 2791 6000.

Before you travel

No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:

  • advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks
  • information for women, LGBT+ and disabled travellers

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated.

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If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance . Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.

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Before travelling. Travel requirements.

If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, it’s important to know the travel requirements before you go. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your journey:

COVID-19 Requirements

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Culture and Etiquette

Passport validity.

If you are visiting Egypt, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

If you are a resident in Egypt, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Most foreign passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Egypt. Egypt has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel.

e-Visa Elegible Countries:

Health insurance.

When traveling to Egypt, it is essential to have comprehensive health insurance that will cover any medical expenses   incurred while abroad. Egyptian healthcare facilities can be of varying standards, and private hospitals tend to be expensive, especially for foreign nationals. In the event of an emergency, it’s crucial to have reliable health insurance to avoid being   stuck with a hefty medical bill or being denied treatment due to lack of funds.

Moreover, the risk of contracting an illness or experiencing an accident while traveling is always present, and being prepared   with a valid health insurance policy is the best way to ensure that you receive adequate medical care. Travelling without   health insurance is simply not worth the risk, as it can lead to unforeseen financial hardship during an already stressful   situation.

In Egypt, medical treatment for serious conditions can require medical evacuation to neighboring countries and this can be incredibly expensive. With reliable health insurance in place, visitors can be assured that they   can access the necessary medical treatment that they need without any significant financial strain. Thus, the peace of mind   that comes with having comprehensive health insurance during your travels to Egypt is essential to enjoy your holiday, remain safe, and avoid any disruptions caused by unexpected medical expenses.

Egypt’s currency is the  Egyptian Pound (EGP) . It’s relatively easy to exchange foreign currency at banks, exchange   bureaus, and authorized Forex dealers in tourist areas, major towns, and cities. US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the   country. 

If you prefer to use your credit card while traveling in Egypt, then it’s best to carry one that has a Visa or Mastercard   logo. Most of Egypt’s high-end hotels, tour companies, restaurants, and shops accept credit cards, but smaller   establishments in rural areas may not. Bear in mind that many Egyptian businesses will add a  3 – 5 % surcharge for credit card   transactions, so it can be a good idea to carry cash as a backup.

Overall, it’s advisable to carry both Egyptian Pounds and US dollars in cash when traveling to Egypt. You can exchange   your foreign currency for Egyptian Punds at banks and Forex bureaus or withdraw money from ATMs. Nevertheless, be sure to   notify your bank that you will be traveling to Egypt before your trip to ensure uninterrupted access to your funds while    abroad.

Egypt is a culturally diverse country with a rich history and tradition, and it’s essential to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Egyptians are generally warm and friendly people who value hospitality and appreciate visitors who show an interest in their culture. When interacting with locals, it’s important to greet them appropriately. Handshakes are the most common form of greeting in Egypt, and it’s customary to use the right hand when shaking hands or passing something to someone. It’s also advised to use appropriate titles like Mr., Mrs., or Doctor when addressing someone.

In Egypt, modest clothing is the norm, particularly in rural areas or when visiting religious sites. Women should avoid wearing revealing clothing, particularly shorts or revealing tops, to show respect for local customs and avoid unwanted attention. Additionally, public displays of affection between couples are frowned upon, so consider being discreet about physical affection while in public.

When visiting someone’s home or a local community, it’s customary to remove your shoes before entering. You may also be offered food and drink during visits, and it’s customary to accept these offers to show appreciation and respect for local hospitality.

When eating, use your right hand to eat or pass food and avoid allowing your feet to point towards anyone, as this is considered disrespectful.

Overall, being respectful of local customs and practicing a few basic cultural norms will go a long way towards fostering good relationships between travelers and Egyptians. By being mindful of local traditions and etiquette, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for Egyptian culture and have a more fulfilling experience while exploring this fascinating country.

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Egypt Visa Requirements

Discover the eligibility criteria for the egypt e-visa, entry requirements for egypt.

Visitors must meet the Egypt entry requirements to travel to the country.

Foreign nationals must have a passport valid for at least 6 months. The majority of nationalities also need a visa. Citizens of just 10 countries can visit Egypt without a visa for a limited time.

Travellers from more than 70 countries can get a visa for Egypt online . The Egyptian eVisa is the most convenient option for visitors, the application process is 100% online .

Anyone not eligible for the eVisa needs to get an Egyptian visa through the embassy or consulate.

Which nationalities require a visa for Egypt?

Most foreign nationals need a visa for Egypt. Fortunately, citizens of many countries are eligible to apply for an Egyptian online visa .

Egypt eVisa elegible countries

Citizens from the following countries are eligible for the e-Visa:

  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • The Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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In the past, Canadian citizens could secure an Egyptian visa online until October 2023. However, Canada has been excluded from this option. Consequently, Canadians now need to request their Egyptian visa directly from an embassy.

Note : Children and minors must apply for their own e-Visa . It’s not possible to add them to another application.

Visa requirements to travel to Sinai resorts

Certain nationalities do not need a visa to visit the Sinai resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba. These are:

  • European Union countries
  • Israel (must enter through the Taba border crossing)

To benefit from this visa-free policy, you cannot not leave the resort during your stay. You must also arrive through the following airports:

  • Sharm el Sheikh
  • St Catherine

When you arrive you’ll receive a visa-free entry stamp in your passport . This permit allows you to stay in Egypt for up to 14 days .

If you plan to visit for more than 14 days or travel outside of your resort, you’ll need to apply for an Egyptian visa . The same applies if you’re not from one of the countries listed above.

What are the Egypt e-Visa requirements?

As well as being from an eligible country, eVisa applicants also need to meet the other eligibility criteria . Travellers must be visiting Egypt:

  • For tourism
  • For up to 30 days

Document requirements for the Egypt online visa

The only document needed to apply for the online visa is a passport from an eligible country. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival. We accept ordinary and temporary passports.

Applicants need to fill out their passport information on the application form and upload a copy of the passport photo page . Our platform accepts any file format or size —we’ll edit the file for you to make sure it complies with the Egyptian e-Visa policy .

Citizens of France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, and Italy can apply using a national ID instead of their passport .

Information required to apply for the Egypt eVisa

Egypt eVisa applicants must complete the online form with all the required information. Basic personal information, passport data, and contact details are required, including:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number, issue date, and expiry date
  • Date of arrival and departure
  • Host information (accommodation in Egypt)

Applicants must check all the information carefully before submitting the request. Any mistakes or missing details could lead to processing delays .

What are the requirements for the Egypt visa on arrival?

Passengers can avoid queuing for a visa on arrival in Egypt by applying for an eVisa . The Egyptian eVisa is the most convenient option for most eligible visitors.

However, for people travelling to Egypt in the next few days who do not have time to apply for the eVisa , the visa on arrival is a useful option.

Travellers can get an Egypt visa on arrival from one of the kiosks at any of the airport terminals. The visa fee must be paid in cash (credit and debit cards are not accepted).

Applicants receive a visa sticker which they present at the immigration desks to gain entry. The visa on arrival allows visitors to stay for up to 30 days . Only single-entry visas are available on arrival.

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Egypt remains a tourist destination that captivates millions of people for its history , archaeological wealth and landscapes. If you are planning a trip to the country, in this article we tell you what is needed to travel to Egypt, so that you can organize your vacation in the best possible way.

Documentation for travel to Egypt

For residents of the european union.

To enter Egypt traveling from any of the EU member countries, the documentation you will need is a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and, in addition, you will need to apply for a visa.

How to obtain a visa to Egypt?

It can be obtained directly upon arrival at the airport in the easiest way, or online from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Egypt Visa

For citizens from non-European Union countries

The best option is to inquire at the relevant Egyptian embassy or consulate. In both cases, especially if you have contracted a trip through an agency, it is advisable to ask the same company that organizes the trip to also arrange visas for tourists.

With the exception of some Arab countries, all persons wishing to visit Egypt must apply for a tourist visa, which costs US$25 and is valid for 30 days. For longer stays, a special visa can be requested in advance or extended within the country. How to pay for a visa to Egypt? Payment can be made in dollars and also in euros or pounds sterling.

Vaccinations and health insurance

In these times of COVID-19 pandemic, to enter Egypt it is mandatory to present the complete vaccination schedule.

Visit the Egypt travel recommendations page of your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

Other diseases

No other vaccinations are mandatory for entry into Egypt , although it is recommended to check the status of standard vaccinations in case a booster against mumps, rubella, measles, diphtheria, typhoid or tetanus is necessary.

It should be noted that, for a Western traveler, the level of hygiene in Egypt may be low or insufficient, so it is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating in each restaurant. And avoid drinking tap water, always opt for bottled water. In the capital, Cairo , it is the only place where there is no risk from drinking tap water, as it is treated with a lot of chlorine. In the rest of the country, tap water should be avoided at all costs. The good news is that bottled water is very cheap in Egypt.

Take out travel medical insurance

Regarding medical insurance for travelers, it is essential to contract one before traveling to Egypt because it is usually a requirement to enter the country and to be treated within the private health system. The recommended travel insurance for travel to Egypt is any insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss, to travel with more peace of mind.

If you go to Alexandria or to the shores of the Red Sea If you go scuba diving, or travel to Egypt for hiking or motorcycle riding, all of these are classified as “dangerous activities” and many health insurances do not cover them, so you should pay close attention and if you are going to do any of these activities, try to take out an insurance policy that covers them. You should also check or ask if the policy covers medications or ambulance transfers.

Internet connection in Egypt

It is becoming easier and easier to find free WiFi connection in hotels, cruise ships and restaurants in Egypt, especially since it is the second country in the world with the largest number of undersea fiber optic cables. This is due to its strategic geographical position as the main route connecting Asia, the Middle East and East Africa with Europe. However, there is still a long way to go before all historical sites, monuments and archaeological sites have a good free public WiFi connection. So, if you need constant internet during your trip to Egypt, the best options for mobile data are SIM cards or eSIM cards.

There is also the option of activating the international roaming service or carrying Pocket WiFi (small portable routers that you carry in your pocket and provide internet connection) but both services are usually much more expensive than the cards.

The average price of a SIM card for Egypt with 3G or 4G for 15 days ranges between 35€ and 47€, a price range similar to that of an eSIM card for 8 days. Vodafone’s roaming service costs 105€ for 14GB for 7 days, while Orange’s 700 MB for one week costs 49€. The rental of Pocket WiFi for 7 days costs between 60€ and 70€, excluding shipping costs which can be between 20€ and 25€.

How to manage money in Egypt

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). The average daily expenditure per tourist per day is estimated at around 600 EGP , including lodging, food, internal transportation and excursions, although this may vary slightly depending on the type of services contracted.

It is recommended to always have enough change on hand to pay for cabs and tipping. There are a good number of ATMs in almost all Egyptian cities, with the exception of areas in the interior of Middle Egypt and in the oases. Mid- and high-priced hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, with a sales rate ranging from 3% to 10%.

If you need to change currency in Egypt, you can do it officially at Amex and Travel Choice Egypt offices, and also in commercial banks, exchange offices (Forex) and even in some hotels. Rates are generally similar in all establishments, although some places may charge commissions.

We have more information about the Egyptian pound and various indicative prices of the most typical products and purchases that you will make on your trip.

What is required to enter and exit Egypt

Entry to egypt via airport.

To enter Egypt as a tourist, two basic requirements are necessary: a valid passport and a visa.

Passengers are also usually checked to see if they have any supporting documentation from the lodging establishment, as well as confirmation of an organized tour reservation with the corresponding itinerary and return ticket date.

Airport round trip

To leave Egypt and return to your country of origin, the airport control is similar to the entry control, with the addition of the customs check of products purchased by the tourist as souvenirs The products must not violate any international standard of suspected smuggling or infringe bromatology laws, in the case of edible products.

Covid-19 Pandemic Specific Measures and Restrictions

During the Covid-19 pandemic, some specific rules for entry and exit were added. And although prevention measures in Egypt were carried out with considerable discipline, the various waves of contagion could not be avoided. Therefore, we recommend you to travel with an FPP2 mask during your trip to Egypt, at least in situations of higher risk (if you decide to move by yourself and travel by metro or cab, for example), although it is not mandatory to do so. Current medical insurances usually include expenses derived from complications, tests or any other incident involving Covid-19.

Previously, upon arrival in the country, the temperature of each tourist was checked and a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 was requested, and a negative PCR test was not mandatory for entry. However, as of June 17, 2022, Egypt lifted all restrictions for any international traveler, no vaccination certificate or PCR or antigen test is required .

As always, we recommend that you check a few days before your trip in case conditions change.

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Essential entry documents for Egypt

To visit Egypt for tourism, it's essential to have the correct travel documents. The specific requirements for entry depend on your nationality and travel plans. Generally, travelers must have a passport with at least six months' validity and may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. 

Essential entry documents for Egypt

If you need a visa to enter Egypt, you'll need to apply for one beforehand and provide supporting documents, such as a letter of invitation or proof of accommodation. Make sure to check the most up-to-date requirements before planning your trip.

Required Documents for Entry into Egypt

To travel to Egypt , you must possess certain documents as listed below:

  • Passport: Y our passport must be valid for at least six months from the anticipated date of your departure from Egypt. You can check Egypt's passport requirements for further information.
  • Visa: Most nationalities need a valid visa to enter Egypt. You can obtain an Egyptian visa through three means - online (e-Visa), at an embassy or consulate, or on arrival (visa on arrival).

Additional Documentation for Arrival in Egypt

When traveling to Egypt, you should also be aware of the following documents:

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: If you are traveling from a high-risk area for yellow fever, such as Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, or Sudan, you must have this certificate. Check Egypt's vaccine recommendations for other required vaccinations.
  • Travel Itinerary and Hotel Reservation: Though it may not be requested at immigration, it is an official requirement.
  • Evidence of Family, Work, or Financial Links to Your Country of Origin: This will allow border officials to verify that you are not a risk.
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds: You should have proof of adequate financial resources for the duration of your stay in Egypt.

Remember that international arrivals are prohibited from carrying more than 10 million USD or its equivalent in cash.

Documents Needed for Egypt Visa Application

The required documents for an Egyptian visa can vary based on your nationality and the type of visa you need. For tourism purposes, there are several types of visas available for Egypt:

  • Egypt e-Visa: To obtain an e-Visa, you will need to provide personal information and supporting documents, including your passport, a recent photograph, and proof of travel plans.
  • Egypt Embassy or Consular Visa : To apply for this type of visa, you will typically need to submit your passport, a visa application form, photographs, and any additional supporting documentation required by the embassy or consulate.
  • Egypt Visa on Arrival: If you are eligible for a visa on arrival , you will need to present a valid passport, a recent photograph, and payment for the visa fee in cash.

It's important to note that specific documentation requirements can vary based on your individual circumstances, so it's best to consult the relevant Egyptian embassy or consulate for detailed information on what you need to provide for your particular situation.

Documents Required for Egypt E-Visa

To apply for an Egyptian e-Visa , you will need to provide the following:

  • Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of arrival in Egypt. If you're a citizen of France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, or Italy, you can also use a national ID card.
  • Completed Online Application Form: You will need to fill out an online application form with your personal information, travel details, and other relevant information.
  • Image of Passport Information Page or ID Card: You must provide a scanned or photographed image of your passport information page or ID card.
  • Credit or Debit Card: You will need to pay the visa fee using a valid credit or debit card.
  • Email Address: You must provide a valid email address to receive updates on your application status and a copy of your e-Visa upon approval.

It's essential to print a copy of your approved e-Visa and carry it with you during your trip to present at immigration.

Documentation Needed to Obtain Egypt Visa at Embassy

The required documents for an embassy or consular visa can vary based on the particular office you are applying to. However, in general, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry into Egypt and have at least one blank page.
  • Completed Visa Application Form: You will need to fill out a visa application form, providing personal information, travel details, and other relevant information.
  • Passport-sized Photo : You must submit a recent passport-sized photograph along with your application.
  • Proof of Return Flight : You will need to provide proof of a return flight from Egypt, such as a booked itinerary or airline ticket.
  • Travel Itinerary: You may also be required to submit a detailed travel itinerary, including information on accommodations, transportation, and other activities planned during your stay in Egypt.

It's essential to check the specific requirements for the embassy or consulate where you are applying, as the documentation needed can vary.

Egypt Visa on Arrival: Required Documentation

To obtain an Egypt visa on arrival, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Visa on Arrival Fee: You will need to pay the visa fee, which is currently 25 USD. Payment can also be made in EUR or GBP.

It's essential to note that not all nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival. You should check the requirements for your nationality before traveling to Egypt to avoid any issues at immigration.

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Egypt Entry and Travel Requirements

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Egypt Entry Requirements are the set of rules determining the procedures to enter Egypt without any issues. These rules also include the necessary documents that travelers must prepare for the planned trip. 

Some of the most important documents required for Egypt  are a valid visa and passport. Visa requirements may vary depending on the traveler's nationality.

The Egyptian Government has facilitated entry to Egypt for travelers from most countries around the world introducing the electronic visa system. Currently, the list of eVisa eligible countries includes over 180 nationalities. Travelers whose nationality is not included on the list as well as those who need to visit Egypt for non-tourist purposes or for a longer period of time will need to obtain an embassy visa. Moreover, a few visa-exempt countries' citizens, mostly members of the Gulf Cooperation Council , can enter Egypt visa-free for short-term stays.

Egypt welcomes all international tourists, as well as Egyptian citizens and residents, wishing to stay in Egypt. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the country introduced some protective measures aiming at controlling the spread of the new Covid-19 cases. Before your trip, make sure to check the recent entry rules to access Egypt smoothly.

The Egyptian health authorities may perform random health and temperature checks and require all travelers to wear face coverings while at the airport. 

Important Update : In June 2022, the Egyptian authorities decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions for travelers arriving in Egypt, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Documents check-list for entering Egypt

  • valid passport/ID
  • valid visa or eVisa (depending on eligibility)
  • valid travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage

Egypt Travel Requirements

Egypt welcomes back all foreign travelers and Egyptian citizens and residents coming back to Egypt, with minimal entry and travel requirements remaining in place.

Not fully vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test certificate in paper form with the traveler's unique QR code. Children under the age of six, as well as all fully vaccinated travelers, can skip the testing requirement.

Another requirement that all travelers must meet, despite their vaccination status is to have a completed Egypt Health Declaration and travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage for the whole duration of the stay.

Travelers arriving from high-risk countries and those who develop Covid-19 symptoms during their stay may be subject to a quarantine while in Egypt (depending on their vaccination status).

Besides the remaining Covid-19 entry requirements in place, Egypt requires certain travelers to have a travel authorization in the form of a regular visa, eVisa, or a Visa on Arrival. Moreover, travelers arriving from 10 specified countries need State Security approval in addition to their visas.

Egypt restaurants, cafes, and tourist attractions operate as usual and masks are required in all closed public spaces.

Testing, vaccination, and quarantine requirements

Testing requirements.

Non-vaccinated travelers, including Egyptian citizens and residents, must take a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the planned arrival in Egypt.

Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the testing requirement.

Please note ! Travelers arriving from the following countries can present PCR tests taken within 96 hours of their arrival considering the long travel and transit periods:

  • North America,
  • South America,
  • London Heathrow,
  • and Frankfurt

The Egyptian Government has stipulated that only paper forms of the taken PCR tests will be accepted upon arrival. Make sure to print out the result of your test and take the printed copy with your unique QR code with you to the airport.

Vaccination requirements

The Egyptian Government does not require incoming travelers to be fully vaccinated to enter. However, fully vaccinated visitors can skip all testing and quarantine requirements currently in place.

To be considered fully vaccinated by the Egyptian authorities you must have taken the last vaccination dose no earlier than 14 days of the planned arrival. The vaccination should be taken via one of the accepted vaccines:

  • AstraZeneca,
  • Johnson and Johnson,
  • Moderna, Pfizer,
  • Sinovac or Sputnik V

Quarantine requirements

Travelers arriving in Egypt from high-risk areas or areas of variants of concern may need to take a PCR test on arrival. If the test comes back positive, such travelers will need to undergo a quarantine period in Egypt.

Vaccinated travelers arriving in Egypt from high-risk countries may skip the additional quarantine and testing requirements in place.

Traveling from Egypt

Egyptian citizens and residents traveling abroad from Egypt to other countries should adhere to the entry rules applied by foreign governments.

Make sure to check what are the entry requirements of the country you plan on visiting and prepare all the required documents to cross the border without any issues.

The applicable entry rules may include the need to complete a Health Declaration, get tested for Covid-19, have a vaccination certificate, and more.

Traveling to Egypt

Traveling to Egypt requires having the following documents:

  • a valid passport or ID*
  • valid health insurance with Covid-19 coverage for the whole duration of the stay
  • a negative PCR test result or a vaccination certificate
  • a completed Egypt health declaration

*depending on the nationality of the traveler

Entry rules for Children

Children under the age of six entering Egypt can skip the current testing requirements in place. However, unvaccinated underage travelers aged six and older must comply with the testing requirements of Egypt and take a PCR test within 72 hours of their arrival in Egypt.

Entry rules for arriving to Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh

Travelers arriving directly to the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh have the option to choose after arrival testing for a fee of 30 USD.

After taking the PCR test, travelers are requested to self-isolate at their hotel and wait for test results, which should arrive up to 24 hours.

Egypt visa policy

10 countries can enter Egypt for up to three months on a visa-free basis without the need to meet any special conditions.

Citizens of the following countries may enter Egypt visa-free:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The United Arab Emirates

*Travelers from these countries are allowed to enter Egypt visa-free for 14 days.

Travelers from the following countries can enter Egypt on a visa-free basis, as long as they meet a few additional requirements, such as being of a specified by the Egyptian Government age or providing additional supporting documents, such as a return ticket or proof of hotel booking for the stay:

  • Afghanistan
  • South Sudan

Regular visa

Travelers from the following countries must apply for a regular visa at the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate:

  • Afghanistan,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Mauritania,
  • The Philippines,
  • Sierra Leone,

47 countries are eligible to visit the contry with an Egypt eVisa obtained online that comes in two types:

  • single-entry for a 30-day stay with a three-month validity period
  • multiple-entry for numerous 30-day visits in Egypt; valid for six months

Two main requirements to meet to apply for the Egypt eVisa are as follows:

  • a valid passport that won't expire for the next six months
  • a face photo of the applicant

Visa on Arrival is available to citizens of most countries, except 84 specified ones. A Visa on Arrival is a travel authorization that's issued upon completing the process of applying at one of the border crossing points in Egypt.

State Security Approval

Travelers planning to visit Egypt from the following countries need to get special approval from the Egyptian State Security Authorities before departure (in addition to having a valid visa for entry):

Please note that this requirement may apply to more travelers depending on their specific situation, e.g., female citizens of Moldova aged between 15 and 35 also need to get approval from the Egyptian State Security Authorities prior to their visit to Egypt.

Egypt Passenger Locator Form

The Egyptian Government requires all incoming travelers, including Egyptian nationals and residents, to fill out a health declaration answering questions relating to their health status, personal details, contact details, flight information, and travel to Egypt information.

The form can be easily accessed online here and can be either completed using a laptop/phone or on paper. However, the completed with the required data form must be printed out and signed to be presented at the border in paper form.

Underage travelers also need to present a completed Health Declaration. If underage travelers are not able to complete the form on their own, their parents or legal guardians should do it on their behalf.

Travel Insurance

The Egyptian Government has made it mandatory for all arriving travelers to have travel insurance.

The requirement of having a valid health insurance has been implemented because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to make sure all travelers visiting Egypt will have the possible Covid-19 costs, such as quarantine or testing, covered.

Your travel insurance must cover the entire period of your stay in Egypt and must cover Covid-19-related costs.

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Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

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The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

  • G-1 through G-4
  • NATO 1 through NATO 6

An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident or national of a country without a treaty.  *When the spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status and are themselves a national of a country that does not have a treaty with the United States – the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principal alien’s country of nationality should be used.  **Spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 visa principal applicant, where the spouse and children are also nationals of a country that has a treaty with the United States – the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the spouse and children’s country of nationality should be used.  

*Example 1: John Doe is a national of Country A that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. however his wife and child are nationals of Country B which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as John Doe, the principal visa holder. **Example 2:  Mike Doe is a national of Country Y that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. however his wife and child are nationals of Country Z that also has a treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the reciprocity issued to nationals of Country Z.

The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

Canadian Nationals

Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

Mexican Nationals

Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

  • T-2 (spouse)
  • T-3 (child)
  • T-4 (parent)

The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

General Documents

There are no general documents

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth certificates.

Fees: No fee for the first version that parents receive (green).  Computerized copy: 15 Egyptian Pounds (LE).  New English- Arabic translated certificate: 100 Egyptian Pounds (LE).

Document Name:   Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs / Ministry of Health and Population

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   Birth Certificates are either Arabic only or bilingual: Arabic-language birth certificates fade (left to right) from teal to orange to red to teal. Bilingual birth certificates fade (left to right) from blue to purple to blue. Both Arabic and bilingual birth certificates contain an official eagle stamp in the top left corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The issuing authority is listed at the bottom of the document, under the title, “Medical Office.”

Registration Criteria: Once the birth has been registered with the appropriate Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs office, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs office registers the information with the Ministry of Interior Civil Status Organization (CSO) in Cairo.  Births must be registered within 14 days.

Procedure for Obtaining: Egyptian birth certificates may be obtained from the local Public Health Office of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs with jurisdiction over the place the birth occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Egyptians can obtain multiple prints of an original birth certificate from local CSO offices. Each print cost 7 Egyptian Pounds (LE).

Alternate Documents:   There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Applicants must provide a copy of their Official bilingual Birth/Marriage/Death or Divorce     certificates from the Civil Status Organization headquarters. Certificates are usually issued within one week period.

Death Certificates

Fees: 15 Egyptian Pounds (LE)

Document Name:   Death Certificate

Issuing Authority:  Death certificates are generally issued by the Ministry of Public Health.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Death Certificates are either Arabic only or bilingual: Death certificates contain an official eagle stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title.

Registration Criteria: When no suspicious circumstances exist, and depending on where a death occurred, individuals must go in person to a Ministry of Health office to register a death within 24 hours.  If the death occurred in a hospital, the individual – generally a family member – will obtain all requisite paperwork for registration of a death with the Ministry of Public Health from the hospital where the death occurred. If the death occurred outside a hospital, the individual will need to work with a doctor from the Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Public Health to confirm the death was of natural causes. Once the individual notifies the Ministry of Public Heath office of the death, the Ministry of Public Health will register the death in the Civil Status Organization (CSO) system. Thereafter, an electronic death certificate may be issued from any CSO office.

Procedure for Obtaining: Once a death has been properly registered with the CSO, an individual can go in person to any local CSO office to obtain an official death certificate.

Certified Copies Available: These certified copies are generally known as “electronic copies.” Certified electronic copies can be obtained from CSO.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Comments:   In cases of death under suspicious or potentially criminal circumstances, the Office of Forensic Medicine issues the death certificate. In order for the Office of Forensic Medicine to issue a death certificate for a death under suspicious circumstances, an autopsy must occur. After the autopsy is conducted, a doctor affiliated with the Ministry of Justice will initiate the process of registering the death with the Ministry of Justice and Office of Forensic Medicine.

Applicants must provide a copy of their Official bilingual Birth/Marriage/Death or Divorce certificates from the Civil Status Organization headquarters.

Certificates are usually issued within one week period.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage certificates.

Traditional Muslim:

Fees: The Maazoun (the government-appointed religious authority) will generally charge a fee to register the marriage with the CSO; these fees vary based on the Maazoun.

Document Name:   Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority:   The Maazoun, then registered with the Civil Status Organization (CSO)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There is no particular standard for marriage and divorce documents originally issued by the Maazoun. These documents are generally handwritten. However, after the Maazoun registers the marriage with CSO, CSO issues a standard form bilingual marriage certificate, in Arabic and English language. The Arabic only CSO-issued marriage certificate fades (from left to right) from purple, to green, to yellow to purple. The bilingual English and Arabic document is red on the outer left and right edges and fades to blue in the center. There is a barcode at the bottom of the page. The marriage certificates contain an official eagle stamps at the top. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The location in which the marriage was performed is listed in the third section of the marriage certificate. No particular issuing authority personnel title is listed.

Registration Criteria:   The Maazoun must first register the marriage with CSO, in order for CSO to issue official, standard-form marriage certificates.  If the Maazoun fails to register the marriage, the husband or wife can go to a local CSO office and request that their marriage be registered on the basis of the original, handwritten marriage certificate. Generally, however, CSO will require that the Maazoun take some action to register the marriage.

Procedure for Obtaining:   The Maazoun will provide husband and wife a copy of the handwritten marriage certificate.

Certified Copies Available: Available. These certified copies are generally known as “electronic copies.” Certified “electronic” copies can be obtained from CSO.

Comments: The handwritten certificate issued by the religious institution is not considered valid for immigration purposes.  Applicants must provide a copy of their Official bilingual Birth/Marriage/Death or Divorce certificates from the Civil Status Organization headquarters. Certificates are usually issued within one week period.

Traditional Christian or Other Religions:

Fees: The priest will generally charge a fee to register the marriage with the CSO; these fees vary.

Document Name:  Marriage Certificate for Non-Muslims

Issuing Authority:  The Church (or other religious group), then registered with the Civil Status Organization (CSO)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no particular standard for marriage and divorce documents originally issued by the Christian church or other religious institutions. These documents are generally handwritten. However, after the religious official registers the marriage with CSO, CSO issues a standard form marriage certificate.  The Arabic-language CSO-issued marriage certificate fades (from left to right) from purple, to green, to yellow to purple. The bilingual Arabic and English CSO-issued marriage certificate fades (from left to right) from red to blue to red. Both Arabic and English-language marriage certificates contain an official eagle stamps at the top.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The location in which the marriage was performed is listed in the third section of the marriage certificate. No particular issuing authority personnel title is listed, but they will note where the marriage took place, i.e. the name of the church.

Registration Criteria:  The church or other religious institution’s office must first register the marriage with CSO, in order for CSO to issue an official, standard-form marriage certificate.  If the religious official fails to register the marriage, the husband or wife can go to a local CSO office and request that their marriage be registered on the basis of the original, handwritten marriage certificate.  Generally, however, CSO will require that the church’s administrative office take some action to register the marriage.

Procedure for Obtaining:  The church office (or other religious intuition) will provide husband and wife a copy of the handwritten marriage certificate within two-three days, after obtaining the official stamps from the court.

Exceptions: There are no exceptions.

Comments: The handwritten certificate issued by the religious institution is not considered valid for immigration purposes. 

Non-traditional:

Available:    There are three types of marriages that can be registered with the Ministry of Justice’s Real Estate and Publicity Department:

  • Egyptians to Foreigners
  • Foreigners to Foreigners
  • Orfi – A hidden contract between men and women, but not considered to be official.  However, you can legalize an Orfi marriage at the Ministry of Justice’s Real Estate and Publicity Department, and then register it with the CSO.
  • Remarriage of a previously divorced Christian (The church does not recognize divorce.  If a Christian is divorced, the church does not recognize a marriage subsequent to that divorce.  Consequently, a Christian must obtain a divorce order from a court, and if the Christian remarries at a later late, the Christian must do so in the court.)

Document Name:  Marriage certificate

Issuing Authority:  Ministry of Justice’s Real Estate and Publicity Department, CSO

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Arabic-language CSO-issued marriage certificate fades (from left to right) from purple, to green, to yellow to purple. The bilingual Arabic and English CSO-issued marriage certificate fades (from left to right) from red to blue to red. Both Arabic and English-language marriage certificates contain an official eagle stamp in at the top.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The location in which the marriage was performed is listed in the third section of the marriage certificate. No particular issuing authority personnel title is listed.

Registration Criteria: The Ministry of Justice court representative who conducts the marriage is responsible for registering the marriage with CSO.

Procedure for Obtaining: The husband and wife can go together in person to a local Ministry of Justice office in order be married before a representative of the court. The representative of the court will then issue a marriage certificate.

Certified Copies Available: These certified copies are generally known as “electronic copies.” Certified “electronic” copies can be obtained from CSO.

Comments: Egyptians and/or foreigners should, but are not required, to register non-traditional marriages with the CSO.  Occasionally, the Ministry of Justice automatically forwards marriages conducted under its authorities to the CSO for registration.

Divorce Certificates

Fees:  The Maazoun (the government issued religious authority) will generally charge a fee to register the divorce with the CSO; these fees vary based on the Maazoun.

Document Name:    Divorce Certificate

Issuing Authority:  Maazoun, Ministry of Justice  (in the case of non-traditional divorces otherwise prohibited by the religious authority), CSO

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The divorce certificates are either Arabic only or bilingual: The Arabic only version fades (from left to right) from orange to green to orange.  The bilingual Arabic and English certificate fades from brown to red to brown. The divorce certificate contains an official eagle stamp at the top.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The issuing officer will stamp his name in the bottom left corner of the divorce certificate. The issuing officer’s number is located just above the bottom rectangle of the certificate.

Registration Criteria:

  • In cases where religious institutions permit divorce, once the appropriate Maazoun registers a divorce, the Maazoun is responsible for registering the divorce with CSO. Once the Maazoun has done so, CSO may issue an electronic divorce certificate.
  • In cases where religious institutions do not permit divorce, Egyptians may obtain a divorce decree from the Ministry of Justice. Once this divorce decree is obtained, an Egyptian may register this divorce with the CSO.  

Procedure for Obtaining: Once the divorce has been registered, the husband, wife, or lawyer representing either the husband or wife can go in person to the local CSO office to obtain a certificate or “electronic copy” of the certificate from CSO.

Certified Copies Available:  These certified copies are generally known as “electronic copies.” Certified “electronic” copies can be obtained from CSO.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Comments: Applicants must provide a copy of their Official bilingual Birth/Marriage/Death or Divorce certificates from the Civil Status Organization headquarters. Please note that there are three types of divorce in Egypt. Both conditional divorce and irrevocable divorce are final. However, revocable divorces can be undone within three months without any additional paperwork being filed and therefore may not indicate that a final divorce has actually occurred.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Adoption is illegal in Egypt.

Identity Card

Fees:  20 Egyptian Pounds (LE)

Document Name:   National ID Card

Issuing Authority:  CSO is responsible for issuing national identification cards. Egyptians can obtain an ID card at age 16.  National ID cards are issued and delivered within three weeks of application.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  National ID card is two-sided. The front side is primarily blue and tan in color, with the image of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx printed to the center right of the card. National ID holder’s picture is in the top left corner of the card. The eagle seal is laser-engraved at the bottom left of the card. The back of the card contains three images: in the top right foreground is the image of an eagle, in the top left foreground is an image of a statute of King Tut, and in the center background is an image of multiple ancient Egyptian figures. The back of the card is primarily yellow in color, and contains the marital status, religion, and profession of the ID holder. If married, a female Egyptian national’s ID card contains the name of her husband on the back of the card. The barcode is printed across the bottom of the card.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title.

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  

  • Egyptian nationals must present a birth certificate.
  • Egyptian students must have their application certified with a stamp from the Ministry of Education.
  • All other Egyptians must have their application certified with a stamp from the Social Security Office.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Exceptions:  There are no exceptions.

  • An Egyptian can only obtain a national ID card from the CSO in Egypt.  They cannot be issued by Egyptian Embassies overseas.
  • The ID card contains the same national identification number as the birth certificate. This national identification number remains the same if the bearer renews the card.
  • The validity period of an identity card is seven years.
  • Information from the registry is accessible via CSO intranet and by authorized Ministry of Interior officials.
  • National ID cards are only issued in Arabic.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police certificates.

Available:  Both Egyptians and foreigners, who were born in, permanently reside in, or have resided in Egypt in the past may obtain police certificates.

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name:    “Criminal Status Records.”

Issuing Authority:  Police stations throughout Egypt

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   The police certificate is a white document with the record-holder’s photo in the top left corner and fingerprints in the bottom center of the document.  The photograph and fingerprints will both be digital.  Some police certificates, depending on date or place of issuance, are a faint red or green color.  These alternate forms will have information on the front and back and the photo will be stapled to the form, and the fingerprints manually done in ink.  If police records exist for the individual, these records will be printed on the backside of the document. If police records do not exist for the individual, “no record” will be printed on the front side of the document. 

Procedure for Obtaining:   In order to obtain a criminal status record certificate, an Egyptian must present a national ID card.

  • These records are normally issued between one and five working days of the date of request.
  • An Egyptian applying for a police certificate abroad must apply at the nearest Egyptian Embassy’s Consular Section. At the Egyptian Embassy, a Consular Officer will fingerprint the applicant, and then forward his/her application to the Ministry of Interior in Cairo. Upon completion of processing, the police certificate is sent to the applicant. This procedure usually involves considerable delay; nonetheless, they are available to Egyptians living abroad, and they will ultimately be issued upon request.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  

  • Criminal status records certificates are only valid for three months from the date of issuance.
  • The certificate will indicate whether the applicant has served prison time. The certificate will not, however, indicate whether an individual has been arrested, detained or convicted of any crimes not resulting in imprisonment.

Court/Prison Records

Available: Egyptians can obtain court records using the same process Egyptians would use to obtain police certificates.

Military Records

Document Name:    Military Records

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defense

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The documents vary dependent on where they are issued and what entity within the Ministry of Defense issues them; however, all documents will contain an eagle stamp.

Procedure for Obtaining: There is no particular procedure for obtaining military records; the process varies considerably.

Alternate Documents:  Military Exemption from service records.

Comments:   Egyptians can obtain both records of military service or records of any exemptions from service. If you are between the age of 18-30 you must submit either a university enrollment certificate or your military record.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available:    Regular, Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports

Fees:  The fee associated with first-time issuance of an Egyptian passport is 120 Egyptian Pounds (LE).

  • There is a 40 Egyptian Pounds (LE) renewal fee, if one renews an Egyptian passport before it expires.
  • Egyptians must pay this fee in person at the Immigration Office.
  • If you do not have a university degree, profession, or spouse (information typically listed on the passport), you must pay a 400 Egyptian Pounds (LE) guarantee to the bank and take the receipt to the Immigration Office.

Document Name:   Passport

Issuing Government Authority:  The Ministry of Interior prints all passports. The Ministry of Interior issues passports to Egyptians living within Egypt. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues passports to Egyptians living abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues all diplomatic, official and service passports for Egyptians, regardless of where those Egyptians live.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All passports, regardless of type, have a green cover. Egyptian passports issued during or after 2015 are the same size as U.S. passports, whereas older Egyptian passports – those printed prior to 2015 - are larger. Current Egyptian passports do not break down names by Surname/Given Name. For visa purposes, Mission Cairo’s convention is to use the very last name in the “Full Name” section of Egyptian passports as the Surname and the rest of the name, however long, as the Given Name.  In the background of the biodata page, there are multiple images (from left to right, top to bottom): a falcon, a lotus flower, multiple eagles, and a band of lotus flowers, Giza Pyramids with “Arabic Republic of Egypt” underneath, and a sun disk containing a pharaonic eye.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Only the issuing office’s assigned numerical code appears on the biodata page of the Egyptian passport.

Procedure for Obtaining:   Forms to request Egyptian passports or other travel documents are available free of charge at the Egyptian Immigration Office.

In order to obtain a passport, applicants must present a valid national ID card.

  • Applicants must present original documents to validate the information contained in the Egyptian passport biographical page, such as documents verifying the applicant’s profession or employment and a marriage certificate if the applicant applies for an Egyptian passport after marriage.
  • Children under 16 years old at the time of application must present an original birth certificate.

Only the father can obtain a passport for his children.

  • In some limited instances, the mother can obtain a passport for her children, if she has the father’s permission or is able to present court orders documenting a divorce.

Alternate Documents:

  • Palestinian Travel Documents: Egypt also issues travel documents for Palestinians.  These documents are generally light blue in color. However, this travel document does not guarantee Palestinians may enter or reside in Egypt.
  • The process for Egyptian nationals living abroad to obtain an Egyptian passport is as follows:
  • Egyptian Embassies may accept passport applications, and will process these applications by sending them to the main Immigration Office in Cairo. The Immigration Office will then verify the information contained in the applicant’s forms. If the passport is issuable, the Immigration Office will print the passport, and then send the passport to the relevant Egyptian Embassy.  The Egyptian Embassy will deliver the passport to the applicant.
  • Generally, passports are issued and delivered within three working days.
  • Passports are valid for a period of seven years.
  • If information contained in the biographical page of one’s Egyptian passport must be updated or otherwise changed, one must apply for a new passport.
  • Egyptian citizens may only possess one valid, regular passport at one time. When a new passport is issued, the old passport is cancelled in the Immigration Office’s records system even if the old passport had not yet expired. There is one exception to the prohibition of carrying multiple valid passports at one time: officials or diplomats may carry both an official and a regular passport at the same time.

Other Records

Not applicable.

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Last updated: May 23, 2024 08:00 ET

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, egypt - exercise a high degree of caution.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Egypt due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism.

Northern Sinai - Avoid all travel

This advisory excludes the Al Qantra Shark – Ras Sedr road between the border of the Governorate of South Sinai and Al-Ganayen, in Suez Governorate, on which you should exercise a high degree of caution.

The Western desert and Libyan border area - Avoid all travel

  • within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya
  • the Western Desert, west of the Giza-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel road, including the oasis of Dakhla

This advisory excludes the following areas where you should exercise a high degree of caution:

  • Marsa Matruh via the Marsa Matruh Road only
  • The White and Black deserts via the Oasis Road only
  • The oases of:
  • Siwa via the Masra Matruh-Siwa Road only
  • Bahariya, Farafra and Bawati via the Oasis and the Farafra-Dairut Roads only

Northern part of the Governorate of South Sinai - Avoid non-essential travel

This advisory excludes the following locations, where you should exercise a high degree of caution:

  • the Dahab – Nuweiba – Taba road
  • the towns of Nuweiba and Taba
  • the Al Qantra Shark – Ras Sedr road up to the border with the Governorate of Suez
  • cities between Ras Sedr and El Tor

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Security incidents in the South Sinai Governorate

Since October 27, 2023, projectiles and suspected drones have fallen at various locations along the Gulf of Aqaba coast in the South Sinai Governorate, including near Dahab, Nuweiba, and Taba. The incidents have caused injuries.

If you are in or near the affected areas:

  • exercise caution
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including air-raid sirens and evacuation orders

If you encounter debris or fragments:

  • don’t get close to or touch them
  • move away from them immediately
  • contact local authorities

Due to recent events in Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip, tensions could escalate with little notice and the security situation could deteriorate suddenly. Monitor developments, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. We strongly recommend that Canadians register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive the latest updates.

The security situation in Egypt is unpredictable and certain regions of the country (for instance, North Sinai, Western Desert, etc.) are particularly volatile and should be avoided. There is a significant risk of terrorist attacks throughout the country. Attacks can be indiscriminate and occur with no warning, including in Cairo. While attacks in the North Sinai are frequent and mainly target security forces, terrorists have also targeted popular tourist destinations, places of worship, and other places frequented by foreigners throughout Egypt.

Terrorists have targeted Coptic Christians and their places of worship, in both urban and isolated areas. Terrorists also attacked a mosque in the North Sinai on November 24, 2017, killing over 300 people. Avoid all religious institutions in Egypt.

There is a significant presence of armed security forces and police in most governorates throughout the country. Curfews may be imposed on very short notice.

On May 19, 2019 and December 28, 2018, attacks on buses carrying tourists took place near the pyramids of Giza. The explosions resulted in multiple casualties.

There is an increased risk of incidents and attacks on and around dates of national significance, including:

  • January 25, the anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution;
  • The week of Orthodox Easter;
  • June 30 to July 3, the anniversary of the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013;
  • August 14, the anniversary of clearing protesters from Rabaa and al-Nahda squares in 2013; and
  • Other religious observances and holidays.

Exercise increased caution during these periods.

Be particularly cautious in commercial establishments, government facilities, public areas, tourist sites, the vicinity of churches and mosques at the time of religious services and any other areas frequented by foreigners. Avoid police stations, security installations and government buildings, as well as all crowds and demonstrations.

Western Desert

Borders with Sudan and Libya are porous, and bandits and armed groups are active in these areas. Attacks on security checkpoints and forces are expected to continue. Egyptian military and security personnel are also engaged in security operations in the area. If you intend to travel to these areas, consider the risks to your personal safety and ensure you have made appropriate security arrangements. Travel to these areas requires a permit from the Travel Permits Department at the Egyptian Ministry of Interior Affairs.

To visit the isolated oasis town of Siwa, take the Marsa Matruh-Siwa road. Access to essential services such as medical care, ATMs, fuel and mobile phone coverage is limited on the Marsa Matruh-Siwa Road and in Siwa itself. There is only one gas station on the 300km road between Marsa Matruh and Siwa. The road is poorly lit, unpaved in some areas and has a number of significant potholes. Traffic accidents are common.

If you are travelling to Siwa:

• carefully plan all road travel in advance • fill up in Marsa Matruh and make sure to have enough fuel to reach your destination • be sure to have sufficient water and cash with you • travel during daylight hours only • consider renting a vehicle with four-wheel-drive • expect military checkpoints along the way • do not travel off-road outside of the Oasis

North Sinai Governorate

The security situation in North Sinai Governorate, particularly the areas bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip, is extremely unpredictable. Terrorist groups regularly carry out attacks against Egyptian security forces. A curfew is in effect from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., due to ongoing Egyptian military operations against terrorist groups in the region. Road blockades by unsanctioned groups, kidnappings, robberies and carjackings by armed groups and terrorists occur.

South Sinai Governorate

While attacks are significantly less frequent than in North Sinai, terrorists have carried out attacks in South Sinai Governorate, targeting both security forces and tourists. Terrorist groups may expand targeted areas to include coastal resorts such as Sharm el-Sheikh. While enhanced security measures are in place to protect the tourism infrastructure in Sharm el-Sheikh, the area may be seen as a high-value target by terrorists.

Coastal resorts in Sinai, including Dahab, Nuweiba and Sharm el-Sheikh, have seen incidents of petty theft.

Tensions between security authorities and local Bedouin tribes may rise unexpectedly, affecting tourism.

There are several police checkpoints along the highways in South Sinai.

You need a permit from the Ministry of the Interior to travel in a 4x4 vehicle from mainland Egypt to South Sinai through the Suez crossing.

Local authorities may ask for identification and search your vehicle. 

When travelling in the area:

  • always use main highways
  • avoid uncontrolled and poorly maintained roads
  • stop at designated checkpoints and comply with authorities’ requests
  • be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • follow the advice of local authorities

Red Sea resorts and Upper Egypt

Exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Red Sea coastal resorts (such as Ain el-Sokhna, el-Gouna Bay, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Safaga and Soma Bay) and to the Upper Egypt cities of Aswan and Luxor.  While the beach resort areas are generally considered safe, sporadic terrorist attacks have targeted foreign tourists in recent years. Pay particular attention to local conditions if you are visiting Upper Egypt and the historic sites of the Nile Valley. Sectarian, economic and family-related disputes have occurred and can quickly become violent. Travel in large groups and by organized transportation, and follow the advice of local authorities, hotels and tour guides if you are travelling to rural areas.

Demonstrations and Civil unrest

While the size and frequency of demonstrations has decreased significantly in recent years, they can still occur anywhere at any time without warning, but are most likely to occur on Fridays following noon prayers.

Be extremely vigilant. Avoid all demonstrations or large public gatherings. Keep well informed of developing situations by monitoring local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Women should take particular care, as there is a serious risk of sexual assault during demonstrations; once surrounded by a group, it can be difficult to escape.

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Rates of violent and petty crime have historically been low in Egypt, although there are reports that such crime has been on the rise given the economic downturn since 2011. Crimes such as pickpocketing, bag and purse snatching and home invasion, while rare, have become more common. Purse snatching and pickpocketing occur most often in tourist locations and on the metro. Be aware of your surroundings and vigilant for thieves using different strategies to distract and rob you.

Reports of carjackings are extremely rare, however they do occur. They generally target sports utility or other high-value vehicles. Although isolated areas and night driving present the greatest threat, there have been reported incidents in daylight hours and in busy areas of Cairo. Assailants are usually armed, and a variety of tactics may be used to get vehicles to stop, including throwing objects at the windshield, feigning a traffic accident or minor collision with the target vehicle, or “sandwiching” the target vehicle to force it off the road. If you find yourself in such a situation, do not resist as carjackers are typically after the vehicle and, if the carjacking is successful, will leave the driver unharmed.

If you are a victim of crime, report it to the Tourist Police or at a nearby police station as soon as possible. Request a copy of the police report at the time the report is made. Failure to report the crime while in Egypt makes it much more difficult to seek prosecution.

Women’s safety

Women, particularly foreigners, are frequently subject to unpleasant male attention, sexual harassment and verbal abuse. This often takes the form of staring, inappropriate remarks, catcalls and touching. The risks increase around public holidays, when more men are in the streets.

Advice for women travellers

Unexploded landmines remain a risk in some desert and coastal areas, notably the Mediterranean shore, the Western Desert, the Sinai Peninsula and the western shore of the Gulf of Suez. Known minefields are not marked by signs, but may be enclosed by barbed wire. Seek local advice, especially if travelling off-road.

Road safety

Road conditions are often poor and the rate of vehicular accidents is one of the highest in the world. Drivers generally have little regard for traffic regulations and do not follow safe driving practices. Be cautious when crossing streets as drivers do not give pedestrians the right of way.

In the event of an accident, do not move the vehicle until the police arrive, unless you are in immediate danger, such as from a crowd and need to move to safety. Exercise caution when using taxis and the metro. There have been robberies and accidents involving both. Many taxis do not have working metres, and back seats are rarely equipped with seat belts. Women should not sit in the front seat, as this could be misinterpreted by the driver. The metro can be overcrowded and is not climate controlled but does have cars for women only on most lines.

Use vehicles and hire drivers from reputable travel agencies.

Public transportation

Safety standards for rail travel vary throughout Egypt. There have been major accidents in recent years, attributed to aging infrastructure, poor maintenance and human error. Exercise a high degree of caution.

Avoid microbuses because of hazardous driving habits.

Overcrowding and poor safety standards on ferries have caused accidents. Use reputable ferry operators.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Scuba diving / aquatic activities

Sharks and other potentially dangerous aquatic animals are present in the waters off Egypt. Certain beaches and dive areas may be subject to temporary closures. Exercise caution and seek advice from local authorities, and ensure to dive with reputable and licensed operators.

Water safety abroad

Israeli Border

Due to recent events in Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the land borders could close with little notice.

Crossing at the Taba land border between Egypt and Israel is possible at this time. Cross-border movement regulations and restrictions are subject to change at any time and are the prerogative of the responsible authorities.

The Rafah border crossing point to the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by border authorities in both Egypt and Gaza, opens and closes intermittently due to the ongoing armed conflict in Israel. Global Affairs Canada continues to advise against all travel in this area due to ongoing military operations against terrorists. Consult local authorities and refer to the  travel advice for Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip  for further information.

Beyond the provision of a travel document (the passport), the Canadian government does not facilitate the crossing of borders by private citizens. It is the citizen’s responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country where they wish to travel, in most cases either through application for a visa or simply by going to a point of entry. Authorities at the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza have sometimes requested a letter or witnessed declaration from the Embassy of Canada to Egypt as a requirement to cross the border. The Canadian embassy is unable to provide such a letter or declaration. You should avoid all travel to Gaza. Furthermore, the Canadian government has very limited ability to provide consular services to Canadians in the Gaza Strip and once there, it may be difficult to leave.

General safety information

Although most tourist sites are open, the situation across Egypt remains unpredictable and less consistently safe than it was before January 2011. There is a potential for rapid escalation into violence where large groups of people are assembled

Egypt has a special police force to assist tourists. Officers wearing a distinctive arm band saying “Tourism Police,” can be found in hotels and at tourist sites.

Carry identification at all times. Photocopy your passport and other identification in case of loss or seizure.

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Egyptian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Egypt.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Diplomatic and Special passport holders are required to have visas before arrival in Egypt.

Travelers attempting to enter Egypt with diplomatic or official passports who do not have visas will be required to remain, at their own expense, in the airport transit area until their immediate departure from Egypt can be arranged. The Embassy of Canada in Egypt cannot intervene in such matters.

Tourist visa: required Business visa: required Student visa: required

You must obtain a visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate near you before your departure.  Electronic visas issued  before October 1, 2023, remain valid until their expiry date.

If you wish to extend your stay in Egypt, contact the Immigration Authority of Egypt. You may be fined upon departure if you overstay your 30-day visa period without proper authorization.

Foreign Representatives in Canada

Entry and exit stamps

You must show proof of an entry stamp in your passport when you leave Egypt. If you cannot provide proof of entry, you cannot obtain an exit stamp and will be denied exit.

If you have entered the country with a Canadian passport and have obtained a new one while in Egypt, you must have the entry stamp transferred to the new passport by the Egyptian Immigration Authority.This requirement also applies to newborns and dual citizens.

If a child is born in Egypt to a Canadian parent, a data stamp proving that the child was born in Egypt must be added to the child’s Canadian passport before the child can exit the country. Since there will be no entry stamp in the child’s passport, you must submit both the child’s birth certificate and Canadian passport to the Egyptian Immigration Authority to obtain what Egyptian authorities term the “data stamp.” Parents are advised to contact the Embassy of Canada as soon as possible to apply for citizenship and a passport for their child, so as not to further delay what can be a lengthy process.

Regional travel

If you are contemplating onward travel to other Arab countries, bear in mind that Canadians have been denied entry because their passports bore an Israeli visa, an Israeli border stamp or an Egyptian or Jordanian border stamp issued by an office bordering Israel, which would indicate they entered from Israel.

Medication and cosmetics

Egyptian authorities consider some prescription and over-the-counter medicines medications controlled substances. They will seize all narcotic and psychotropic medications, even if you have the original prescription. For all other prescription and over-the-counter medications:

  • Carry the original prescription
  • Ensure the medication is in its original packaging
  • Don’t attempt to enter with more than 3 months’ supply.

Authorities also regulate the import of cosmetics and veterinary products.

Health entry requirements

All foreigners planning to study, work or train in Egypt for longer than one month may be required to undergo testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Egyptian immigration authorities in Cairo’s Mogamma building provide information on this procedure upon application.

When entering from another country you may be required to provide proof of immunizations. Please verify with the Egyptian Embassy nearest to you before travelling.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Polio: Advice for travellers - 6 May, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.  

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified this country as no longer poliovirus-infected but at high risk of an outbreak . Polio can be prevented by vaccination.

Recommendations:

  • Be sure that your polio vaccinations are up to date before travelling. Polio is part of the routine vaccine schedule for children in Canada.
  • One booster dose of the polio vaccine is recommended as an adult .

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

There is a risk of schistosomiasis in this destination. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by tiny worms (blood flukes) which can be found in freshwater (lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands). The worms can break the skin, and their eggs can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or urinary problems. Schistosomiasis mostly affects underdeveloped and r ural communities, particularly agricultural and fishing communities.

Most travellers are at low risk. Travellers should avoid contact with untreated freshwater such as lakes, rivers, and ponds (e.g., swimming, bathing, wading, ingesting). There is no vaccine or medication available to prevent infection.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country, risk of  dengue  is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

Rift Valley fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can be fatal. It is spread to humans through contact with infected animal blood or tissues, from the bite of an infected mosquito, or eating or drinking unpasteurized dairy. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from insect bites and avoid animals, particularly livestock, and unpasteurized dairy. There is no vaccine available for Rift Valley fever.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Human cases of avian influenza have been reported in this destination. Avian influenza   is a viral infection that can spread quickly and easily among birds and in rare cases it can infect mammals, including people. The risk is low for most travellers.

Avoid contact with birds, including wild, farm, and backyard birds (alive or dead) and surfaces that may have bird droppings on them. Ensure all poultry dishes, including eggs and wild game, are properly cooked.

Travellers with a higher risk of exposure include those: 

  • visiting live bird/animal markets or poultry farms
  • working with poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks)
  • hunting, de-feathering, field dressing and butchering wild birds and wild mammals
  • working with wild birds for activities such as research, conservation, or rehabilitation
  • working with wild mammals, especially those that eat wild birds (e.g., foxes)

All eligible people are encouraged to get the seasonal influenza shot, which will protect them against human influenza viruses. While the seasonal influenza shot does not prevent infection with avian influenza, it can reduce the chance of getting sick with human and avian influenza viruses at the same time.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are below Canadian standards.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

You should carry an international driving permit.

International Driving Permit

The use of drugs and open consumption of alcohol (other than in licensed facilities such as hotels and restaurants) are prohibited. Transgressions could be punished by detention or other penalties.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Capital punishment is a sentencing option for certain drug-related crimes.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Demonstrations

Local law prohibits protests without a permit.

Being near anti-government protests may subject you to scrutiny from Egyptian police and security forces.

Drones are strictly prohibited in Egypt; anyone convicted of unauthorized import or use of drone technology could be subject to lengthy jail terms and deportation. Unauthorized possession and usage of drones in Egypt may carry similar charges to espionage.

Electronic devices

Egyptian officials will likely confiscate electronic devices upon entry if you did not obtain prior approval to import them. This includes:

  • large video cameras
  • filming equipment
  • satellite phones
  • certain equipment like binoculars

You may face interrogation on the intended use of your devices due to their potential use for military and surveillance purposes.

Contact the nearest Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt for further information on regulations and requirements on electronic devices.

Photography

Photography of bridges, canals (including the Suez Canal), government, police and embassy buildings and vehicles, as well as military personnel and establishments is prohibited.

Social media

Publishing or posting social media or other content that could be perceived as critical of Egyptian society, government, security forces or the President may be considered illegal under Egyptian law. Convictions can carry heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences. There is a high risk of arrest in connection to social media posts considered critical of Egypt.

Due to the current security context and political sensitivities, be conscious of your behaviour and how it may be interpreted by Egyptian authorities. Visitors including researchers, journalists, activists and development workers could encounter problems with authorities, if their activities are perceived as suspicious. Meeting with members of or expressing support for organizations banned in Egypt could be perceived as criminal behaviour.

Suspects may be detained without charges or access to immediate legal counsel during investigative stages of a criminal case.

Strict duties apply on the importation of expensive electronics, including video and photographic equipment, laptops, and computer software and hardware. Such equipment should be for personal use and you should list it (model and serial number) and check it upon arrival and departure, in which case no duty will be collected. Appropriate permits and authorizations are required for the commercial importation of any type of electronics.

It is prohibited to export any antiquity or any item older than 100 years without a licence. Contact the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Ottawa for further information regarding customs requirements.

The currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP, E£).

A maximum of E£5,000 can be brought into or taken out of Egypt. You must declare any amount of currency equivalent to US$10,000 or more.

Traveller’s cheques and foreign currency are easily exchanged in hotels and banks. U.S. dollars are preferred, particularly at tourist sites. Some travel agents and tour operators request payment in U.S. cash only.

Major credit cards are accepted in larger stores and for larger purchases, but many merchants will only accept cash or may charge a fee for payment by credit card.

Forced marriages

There are reports of Canadian citizens being forced into marriage without their prior knowledge or consent.

Marriage Overseas

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Egypt.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Egypt, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

The Egyptian government considers Canadians who also hold Egyptian citizenship to be Egyptian while in Egypt, therefore our ability to offer consular services may be limited. You may be considered an Egyptian citizen if you were born to an Egyptian father, regardless of birth place.

Egyptian-Canadian men may be subject to military service when in Egypt. In order to be exempted, dual citizens are required to present many documents before leaving Egypt, including a document of discharge due to dual citizenship. This document does not necessarily provide an exemption, and obtaining it may be a lengthy process that could affect your departure date. The Government of Canada has no jurisdiction in the process, as the decision on military service rests solely with the Egyptian government. You should contact the Egyptian embassy or consulate in Canada before travelling.

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Egypt.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Egypt by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Egypt to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

The work week is Sunday through Thursday. Egypt’s customs, laws and regulations adhere closely to Islamic practices and beliefs. Exercise common sense and discretion in dress and behaviour.

Dress conservatively: for women, knee-length or longer dresses and long sleeves are preferable, and men should not wear shorts outside tourist areas. Respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities. Overt public displays of intimate affection are frowned upon in Egyptian culture.

In 2025, the lunar month of Ramadan is expected to begin on or around February 28.

In public, between sunrise and sunset, be discreet when:

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

Egyptian laws doesn’t criminalize sexual acts or relationships between persons of the same sex.

However, 2SLGBTQI+ travellers could be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics.

You could be arrested for indecent exposure, public nuisance or scandalous acts.

The Egyptian police target apps and websites popular within the 2SLGBTQI+ community. They have used fake and legitimate accounts from community members who had their phones confiscated. Assaults and arrests by the police have occurred as a result of encounters set up through dating apps.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Egypt.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Egypt, particularly Cairo and Eastern Sinai, is located in an active seismic zone. The country is also subject to sand and dust storms.

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 112
  • medical assistance: 113
  • firefighters: 110
  • COVID-19 inquiries: 105

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada in Cairo and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Egypt’s 3,000 year history is rich and complex, filled with more than just mummies and pyramids. This land has ties to people and places that existed milleniums ago.

There are many sights to see in Egypt. The pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the original seven wonders of the world, remain still largely intact. The life-giving Nile River. The legendary tomb of King Tut.

But, as many sights as there are in Egypt, recent conflict in and around the country has increased the risks of travel there.

Do I Need Vaccines for Egypt?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Egypt. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Egypt: hepatitis A , hepatitis B , typhoid , yellow fever , polio , rabies and tetanus .

See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunisations:

  • Hepatitis A – Food & Water – Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.
  • Hepatitis B – Blood & Body Fluids – Accelerated schedule available
  • Tetanus – Wounds or Breaks in Skin – Recommended for travellers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
  • Typhoid – Food & Water – Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
  • Yellow Fever – Mosquito – Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Rabies – Saliva of Infected Animals – High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
  • Polio – Food & Water – Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.

See the tables below for more information:

Decisions should be made based on travel plans and whether there is an increased personal risk for contracting certain diseases.

Do I Need a Visa or Passport for Egypt?

Egypt requires visas for all types of travel. eVisas are available for obtaining your visa before a trip. On arrival visas are also available. Passports must be valid for at least six months upon entry. Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required if you are travelling from a region where yellow fever is present.

Sources: Embassy of Egypt and GOV.UK

What is the Climate Like in Egypt?

Egypt only has two seasons – a hot summer and a moderate winter. In general, Egyptian days are warm or hot and nights are cool or even cold. While the majority of Egypt is desert, there are four peculiar physical regions with different climates.

The Nile Region

  • Nile Delta – The ancient city Alexandria is located in the Nile Delta. This area was created by the world’s longest river and is the most expansive oasis in the world. The delta comes on to north of Cairo and extends farther north to the Mediterranean Sea. This region has a hot desert climate. But, the most northern part closest to the sea is the wettest region in the country. It has higher humidity and more moderate temperatures, reaching no higher than 32 degrees.
  • Nile Valley – This region includes the two major Egyptian cities Luxor and Aswan. The Nile Valley is hot and dry, with very little precipitation. The summer months get especially hot, with daytime temperatures reaching highs of up to 41 degrees at the peak of the summer. Nighttime temperatures dip down to around 21 degrees at the lowest points. The winter months are much more moderate with less fluctuation from night to day.

Western Desert

The Pyramids of Giza are located in the northeast corner of this region.

This region is one of the driest areas in the Sahara Desert. It spans from the Mediterranean Sea south to the Sudanese Border, and from the Libyan border east to the Nile River Valley. The area rarely sees any rain. Hot, dry sandstorms, called khamsins, are common in the spring months and can be dangerous.

Temperatures vary greatly. In summer months, temperatures can get up to 44 degrees during the day and 7 degrees at night. In winter months, temperatures fluctuate less, but the desert can get to 50 degrees during the day and as low as 30 degrees at night.

Eastern Desert

The Eastern Desert is mountainous. The topography increases east of the Nile to become dry, rocky downs, the Red Sea Mountains, at elevations around 1,900 meters or higher. This is a dry, desolate area that is isolated from the rest of the country. There is not much in this part of the country because it is not suitable for agriculture or other sustained settlements.

Sinai Peninsula

This is a triangular peninsula that connects Asia with Africa. It is also known as the Sinai Desert because of its arid climate. The rest of Egypt is to the West, Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east. The Mediterranean Sea is to the north and the Red Sea is to the south.

The peninsula has two distinctly different climates. The northern part of the peninsula, closer to the Mediterranean, is dry and intensely hot during the summer and sees more rain during the winter. The southern part, closer to the Red Sea, is at higher elevation and is more prone to clouds, especially near the tops of the downs. The temperatures fluctuate a little more, getting cooler at night. Humidity is higher near the coasts on the peninsula.

Is Egypt Safe?

Non-essential travel to Egypt is not recommended. The government of the UK has issued travel warnings to Egypt.

Travellers should avoid going to the Western Desert toward the Libyan border and the Sinai Peninsula due to an unpredictable security situation.

When travelling to coastal resorts, exercise a high degree of caution.

Travellers should use reputable Egyptian travel agencies if they still decide to make the trip. Those agencies are informed about the security issues and will know how to best advise.

Egyptian Rules, Customs and Laws

Public Behaviour

  • Intimate behaviour and any sort of public displays of affection including cuddling, kissing and even hand-holding are seen as inappropriate.
  • When visiting a home, it is customary to bring a small gift and remove shoes before entering.
  • Egyptians have peculiar functions for the two hands. The left hand is to be used for “unclean” functions, like putting on shoes or wiping in the rest room. It’s is seen as unhygienic to put food into the mouth or into a communal food bowl with that hand. The right hand should be used for greetings and eating.

Conversation

  • Egyptians are passionate about certain subjects and conversations about those subjects, including Israel, Islam and Palestine, should be treated carefully. There is potential for serious offence if careful consideration is not taken, especially when expressing opinions about religion.
  • Dress should be modest. Shorts are considered acceptable only near the coastal resorts, and shirts for both men and women should cover the shoulders. Immodest clothing encourages disapproval from the Egyptians as well as gropers.
  • Be conscious of dress when visiting mosques or other sacred places. Travellers should be especially modest, with women covered from wrist to ankle and men covered from below the shoulder to below the knee. Travellers should also remove their shoes or wear overshoes.

Suggestions for Women travelling in Egypt:

  • Wear loose, opaque clothes that cover all immodest areas (chest, thighs, upper arms)
  • When travelling alone on public transportation, sit with other women or, when offered, sit in carriages reserved for women
  • When travelling with a man, wear a wedding ring. It is more respectable to appear to be married than “just friends”
  • Appear confident and travel with purpose
  • Avoid eye-contact with Egyptian men and appear standoffish rather than overly friendly
  • When swimming in pools or open-air springs, wear a t-shirt and leggings
  • If hassling or groping does occur, call out and make a scene

What Should I take to Egypt?

  • Travel Documents – Ensure to have copies of all important travel documents, including your passport, visa, travel assurance, etc.
  • Protection from the Sun – Be ready to prevent sunburns. Don’t forget sun cream of SPF 30 or higher, a hat and sunnies.
  • Light, Breathable Cotton Clothing – Bring clothing that is easy to wash. Whether in Egypt’s coastal regions or arid desert areas, light clothing will help with comfort in the heat, even in winter months.
  • Jacket – This will help protect against potential summer windstorms and also provide backup for when indoors get chilly from heavy air conditioning.
  • Comfortable Shoes – Many of Egypt’s most exciting sites require at least some walking and sightseeing. In general, it is best to go with comfortable shoes.
  • Health and Hygiene – Pack a basic medical kit filled with items that may not be readily available in parts of Egypt. Kits should include things like: bandages, antibacterial hand gel, pain relievers, anti-diarrhoea drugs and re-hydration salts.
  • Egyptian Travel Adapter – To charge your phone, you will need a travel adapter made for Egypt.

Embassy of the United Kingdom in Egypt

If you are in Egypt and have an emergency (for example, been attacked, arrested or someone has died) contact the nearest consular services. Contact the embassy before arrival if you have additional questions on entry requirements, safety concerns or are in need of assistance.

British Embassy Cairo 7 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City Cairo Egypt Telephone: + 2 (02) 2791 6000 Emergency Phone: + 2 (02) 2791 6000 Fax: +2 (02) 2791 6133 Contact Form: Click Here

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines

Recommendations.

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Egypt.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Egypt. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Egypt.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

Cases of measles are on the rise worldwide. Travelers are at risk of measles if they have not been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, or have not had measles in the past, and travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.

All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months, according to  CDC’s measles vaccination recommendations for international travel .

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

In Egypt, poliovirus has been identified in the past year.

Travelers to Egypt are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus if: 1) they work in health care settings involving direct patient contact, 2) assist in refugee camps or other humanitarian aid settings, OR 3) have limited access to clean drinking water and sanitation .

Vaccine recommendations : Adults traveling to Egypt who received a complete polio vaccination series as children, and are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus, may receive a single lifetime booster dose of inactivated polio vaccine; travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should receive a complete polio vaccination series before travel. Children who are not fully vaccinated will be considered for an accelerated vaccination schedule .

Polio - CDC Yellow Book

Polio: For Travelers

Rabid dogs are commonly found in Egypt. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Egypt, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available. 

Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.

Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include

  • Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
  • Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
  • Visitors to rural areas

Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Egypt. 

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

Yellow Fever

Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book

  • Avoid contaminated water

Leptospirosis

How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Schistosomiasis

  • Wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated freshwater streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.

Avoid bug bites

African tick-bite fever.

  • Avoid Bug Bites

African Tick-bite fever

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever

  • Tick bite 
  • Touching the body fluids of a person or animal infected with CCHF
  • Mosquito bite

Leishmaniasis

  • Sand fly bite
  • An infected pregnant woman can spread it to her unborn baby
  • Avoid animals

Rift Valley Fever

  • Touching blood, body fluids, or tissue of infected livestock

Rift Valley fever

Airborne & droplet

Avian/bird flu.

  • Being around, touching, or working with infected poultry, such as visiting poultry farms or live-animal markets
  • Avoid domestic and wild poultry
  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Egypt, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Egypt. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Egypt include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Egypt. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Egypt’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.

Riding/Driving

Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Egypt may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Egypt, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Egypt for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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Reconsider your need to travel to Egypt overall due to the threat of terrorism.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services.

Call 180 or 123.

Medical emergencies

Call 122, 123 or contact the local police.

Advice levels

Reconsider your need to travel to Egypt overall.

Do not travel to within 50km of Egypt's border with Libya, the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road.

Do not travel to:

  • within 50km of Egypt's border with Libya due to the high risk of terrorist attack
  • the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road due to the high risk of terrorist attack and violent crime.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Sharm El Sheikh.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Sharm El Sheikh due to the risk of terrorist attack.

  • An increased threat of military and terrorist attacks against Israel and Israeli interests across the region and ongoing military action in the Occupied Palestinian Territories could lead to increased tensions in other locations in the Middle East. Demonstration and protest activity may occur, and localised security situations could deteriorate with little notice. Avoid all demonstrations and protests. 
  • Increased tensions in the Middle East may result in airspace closures, flight cancellations and diversions, and other travel disruptions. 

There's a high threat of terrorist attacks and violent crime in the Governorate of North Sinai.

  • The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt may be closed or have highly restricted access for long periods and is subject to change at short notice. It has been subject to air strikes during the current conflict.
  • Terrorists have attacked popular tourist locations, resulting in deaths and injuries. More attacks are likely. Be alert to possible threats.
  • Terrorist groups in Egypt have targeted Christians in recent years. Take care, particularly during major religious periods and at religious sites.
  • You're at risk of kidnapping in Egypt. Take extra precautions. 
  • Violent crime can happen. Take extra care if you're a woman and alone. Don't leave valuables unsecured in your hotel room or unattended in a public place. 
  • Women, particularly foreigners, are frequently subject to unwelcome male attention.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • Infectious diseases are common. These include hepatitis, filariasis and rabies. Only drink boiled or bottled water. Avoid contact with dogs and cats.
  • Don't swim in fresh water, including the Nile River, to avoid waterborne diseases such as bilharzia (schistosomiasis).
  • Dengue and malaria are present. Use insect repellent and make sure your accommodation is insect-proof.
  • Cairo can have very high levels of pollution and dust. If you suffer from breathing difficulties or a lung condition, seek medical advice before travel.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Making public comments that criticise the Egyptian government, security forces, or Islam can be illegal. Police have arrested foreign visitors who posted critical social media.
  • There are severe consequences for carrying illegal drugs, including the death penalty, long prison sentences or deportation.
  • You need approval to bring satellite phones and radio communications equipment into Egypt. Apply to the  Ministry of Communications and Information Technology  before you leave. The use of drones is illegal.
  • Egyptian family law differs significantly from Australian law. Before you become involved in a local legal matter, get legal advice, including on family and business legal matters.
  • Although same-sex relationships are not explicitly criminalised in Egypt, the charge of 'debauchery' has been used to prosecute LGBTI people. There is little public acceptance of homosexuality in Egypt. Avoid public displays of affection. 
  • Sex outside of marriage is illegal. Dress standards are very conservative, particularly for women. Wear modest clothes that cover your legs and upper arms.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Egypt for the latest details.
  • Foreign journalists need accreditation from the Egyptian Press Centre before arrival. There are severe punishments for journalists working without accreditation.
  • There are landmines in some areas. Get advice from local authorities before you travel.
  • Australian-Egyptian dual nationals are treated as Egyptian. This will limit your access to consular assistance. Always travel on your  Australian passport  if possible. This doesn't mean you will receive special treatment in terms of local law.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The Consular Services Charter tells you what the Australian government can and can't do to help when you're overseas.
  • For consular help, contact the Australian Embassy in Cairo . 
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy’s social media accounts.

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Although the greatest terrorist threat is in North Sinai, terrorist attacks could occur anywhere in Egypt. Potential targets include:

  • religious sites 
  • tourist locations

Terrorist groups have targeted Christians and their places of worship in recent years. 

Take particular care:

  • during major religious periods
  • at holiday festivals
  • at religious observances
  • at religious sites

In the past, terrorists have attacked several popular tourist locations. People have been killed or injured.

Most tourist sites and places of worship have a strong security presence.

On 30 December 2022, there was an attack targeting security forces in the city of Ismailia, west of the Suez Canal.

On 4 August 2019, at least 20 people were killed by a car bomb in central Cairo.

In May 2019 and December 2018, bomb attacks on tour buses near the Giza pyramids killed and injured foreign tourists and a local tour guide.

More attacks are likely.

Previously, terrorists have set off small explosions in Cairo and throughout Egypt. People have been killed and injured, including bystanders. The attacks usually target security forces at:

  • government buildings
  • police facilities and checkpoints
  • metro stations and trains
  • universities

Possible targets for future attacks include:

  • embassies and polling places
  • hotels, holiday resorts, clubs, restaurants and bars
  • banks, markets, shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas and theatres
  • schools and places of worship
  • public transport, shipping ports and other infrastructure
  • outdoor recreation events, commercial, public and tourist areas

The greatest terrorist threat is in the Northern Sinai, where militant groups operate more freely. However, terrorists are active in other parts of Sinai and mainland Egypt, including Cairo.

Cooperate fully with security officials at airports and observe any additional security measures.

Sinai Province of the Islamic State and other extremist groups have made threats using social media and online statements. Their threats target Western nationals, institutions, and businesses in Egypt.

To reduce your risk of being a victim of terrorism, be alert to possible threats, especially:

  • at tourist locations, religious sites, and crowded public places
  • near police checkpoints and government buildings

To protect yourself from terrorism:

  • consider the level of security at places you plan to visit
  • have a clear exit plan in case of a security incident
  • report suspicious activity or items to the police
  • monitor the media for new or emerging threats
  • take official warnings seriously
  • follow the advice of local authorities

If there's an attack, leave the affected area as soon as it's safe. Continue to avoid the area in case of secondary attacks.

South Sinai

Attacks in South Sinai have included suicide bombings. Terrorists have also kidnapped foreign nationals.

Many bombings directly targeted tourists and their transport.

If you travel to South Sinai:

  • avoid road travel outside of Sharm El Sheikh
  • allow extra time to clear airport security
  • contact your airline or travel agent for concerns about the security or safety of aircraft servicing Sharm El Sheikh
  • have contingency plans and personal security measures in place

Governorate of North Sinai

There's a high threat of terrorist attacks and violent crime in the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Taba-Suez Road. Do not travel to North Sinai.

Terrorists or criminals could target you, or you might be included in violence directed at others.

North Sinai is under a long-term state of emergency.

In North Sinai:

  • terrorist attacks occur frequently
  • many personnel from Egyptian security forces have died
  • a dusk-to-dawn curfew is in place from 7pm to 6am

The border crossing to Gaza at Rafah is closed most of the time. It's only open for short periods on an irregular basis. See  Travel

There's a high risk of  kidnapping  in North Sinai.

If, despite our advice, you decide to travel to North Sinai:

  • seek professional security advice
  • arrange contingency plans and personal security measures
  • note that our ability to provide consular assistance may be extremely limited

More information:

Security Situation

The situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories could lead to increased tensions and the security situation could deteriorate with little notice. Avoid all demonstrations and protests. Peaceful protests and rallies can turn violent at short notice. Be aware, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media for updates.

The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt may be closed or have highly restricted access for long periods and is subject to change at short notice. It has been subject to air strikes during the current conflict.     

In October, drone impacts were reported in Taba, close to Egypt's border with Israel's Red Sea port of Eilat, and in the Red Sea resort town of Nuweiba, north of Dahab. Be alert to possible strikes. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Civil unrest and political tension

The security situation in the region remains unpredictable and could deteriorate with little or no warning.

Be alert and monitor local media for updates.

Demonstrations and protests

Protests can occur across Egypt. 

Clashes between rival protesters or security forces have resulted in many deaths and injuries. Foreigners, including journalists, have been among the victims. Serious  sexual assaults  on women, including foreigners, have occurred during demonstrations.

Security forces have targeted foreign journalists. Egyptian authorities have arrested, detained or questioned journalists.

Protest hotspots

Protests can happen anywhere and at any time, although strict security clampdowns have been preventing protests in recent years. However, the following places and times are common focal points for demonstrations:

  • Tahrir Square and surrounding streets, including the nearby British and US Embassies and Garden City area, in Cairo
  • the al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Giza
  • the area of the Raba Al-Adawiya Square in Nasr City
  • Fridays following midday prayers
  • the anniversary of the 2011 revolution on 25 January and the days leading up to this public holiday

Under Egyptian law, it's illegal for:

  • more than 10 people to gather without notice
  • foreigners to participate in protests and demonstrations

Authorities may arrest foreigners who participate in protests.

Egyptian authorities may impose curfews and restrictions on movement at short notice.

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent. To protect yourself during periods of unrest:

  • avoid demonstrations, rallies and large crowds
  • monitor the media for possible unrest and avoid those areas
  • obey any curfews and respect local laws
  • be prepared to change your travel plans

Protests may disrupt transport. Contact your airline or travel agent to check.

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Violent crime

Violent crime is rare but can occur, including  armed robbery ,  sexual assault , incidents involving minors, carjacking and burglary.

Petty crime remains low in Cairo, although the declining economy and ensuing financial hardship have seen reports of increased crime.

Take extra care if you're a woman and alone. Women may be physically and verbally harassed or  assaulted , including when using public transport and walking in public areas.

Ensure children and young people are always accompanied by known or trusted people and not left alone with hotel or entertainment/excursion staff. If you feel uncomfortable, leave the area and seek help from the hotel or local authorities. The Tourist Police can be contacted on 126 or 122 if you're a resident of Egypt.  

Taxi and rideshare drivers have assaulted passengers, including foreigners. See  Travel

To protect yourself from violent crime:

  • don't leave valuables outside a safe in your hotel room or unattended in a public place
  • be alert to pickpockets and bag snatchers in tourist areas, particularly after dark
  • read  reducing the risk of sexual assault  before you go

If you're the victim of a crime, report the incident to the tourist police immediately.

If you don't report a crime before you leave, you may not be able to seek prosecution later.

  • Advice for women

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information: 

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas

Kidnapping is a risk for travellers.

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.

Tours and adventure activities

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards.

If you plan to do an adventure activity :

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • check tours are well equipped with food, medical supplies and emergency communications
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Safaris and camping

Authorities have banned safaris and camping in the area near Bahariya Oasis until further notice. This includes the western and southern parts of Oases–Siwa and Oases Road.

It doesn't include the White Desert in Farafra. However, restrictions applying to Bahriya Oasis may disrupt access.

Climate and natural disasters

Egypt, particularly Cairo, experiences earthquakes . Find out about local safety procedures in case one strikes.

Sand and dust storms occur between March and May.

If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Find out about emerging natural disasters from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System .

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Egypt. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

  • Infectious diseases

Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common, including these listed by the World Health Organization:

Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • don't swim in fresh water, including the Nile River, to avoid waterborne diseases, such as  bilharzia (schistosomiasis)  (World Health Organization)
  • avoid contact with dogs and cats

Get urgent medical attention if bitten by an animal.

Insect-borne diseases

There's a risk of  malaria  (World Health Organization) in El Faiyum Governorate from June through to October.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

Air pollution

Cairo regularly experiences very high levels of air pollution and dust.

Get medical advice if you suffer from breathing difficulties or a lung condition.

  • Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency Air Quality Forecast

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of medical facilities in Cairo is enough for routine illnesses. Elsewhere, facilities can be very basic. Treatment can also be costly. Many require up-front payment.

If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be evacuated to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive and hard to organise. Ensure you have sufficient travel insurance to cover the costs.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Criticising authority

Authorities may treat public comments that criticise the Egyptian Government, security forces or Islam as illegal. Police have arrested foreigners who published critical social media posts, including 'liking' pages.

Possessing illegal drugs can lead to the death penalty, long prison sentences or deportation.

  • Carrying or using drugs

Egyptian family law differs significantly from Australian law, particularly in relation to divorce, child custody and support.

Before you become involved in a local legal matter, get legal advice, including for family and business legal matters.

It's important to know your rights and responsibilities under Egyptian law. See  Travel

Marriage laws

If you want to get married in Egypt, check the legal requirements before you travel. You can do this either through the  Australian Embassy in Cairo  or the  Egyptian Embassy in Canberra .

In Egypt, it's illegal to:

  • have sexual relations outside marriage
  • take photos of bridges and canals, including the Suez Canal
  • take photos of military personnel, buildings or equipment

The Egyptian Government doesn't interfere with the practice of Christianity, but preaching is illegal. If you're considering preaching in Egypt, seek local legal advice beforehand. Follow the advice of local authorities. 

LGBTI individuals face significant social stigma and discrimination in Egypt. Egyptian law does not explicitly criminalise same-sex relationships, however, people have been charged with 'committing an indecent act in public and breaching public morality' and penalised with imprisonment. 

LGBTI people and advocacy groups have reported harassment, intimidation, arrests, and other forms of abuse, including by police. 

There are also reports that authorities have used social media, dating websites, and mobile phone apps to entrap people suspected of being gay or transgender in the act of 'debauchery,' which is a criminal offence that carries severe sentences. 

There is little public acceptance of homosexuality in Egypt.

  • Advice for LGBTI travellers

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

If you're an Australian-Egyptian dual national, local authorities will treat you as an Egyptian, even if you travel on an Australian passport.

This limits our consular services if you're arrested or detained.

If possible, always travel on your  Australian passport .

Dual nationals living in Egypt for long periods need proof of Egyptian citizenship, such as a national identification card.

Male dual nationals who haven't completed military service usually don't need to enlist. However, they must get an exemption certificate before they can leave Egypt. Get one from the nearest  Egyptian embassy, consulate , or Ministry of Defence Draft Office.

If you're arrested, request local authorities inform the Australian Embassy.

Dual nationals

Local customs

The Islamic holiday month of  Ramadan  is observed in Egypt. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws during this time.

Avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public or in front of people who are fasting.

Orthodox Easter is observed by the Christian community, as is Christmas Day, which is celebrated on 7 January in Egypt.

The work week is Sunday to Thursday. Egypt's customs, laws, and regulations follow Islamic practices and beliefs. Exercise common sense and discretion in dress and behaviour.

Dress conservatively. Knee-length or longer dresses and long sleeves are preferable for women, and men should not wear shorts outside tourist areas. Respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities. Overt public displays of intimate affection are frowned upon in Egyptian culture.

If in doubt, seek local advice.

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest  embassy or consulate  of Egypt for the latest details.

Check with your travel provider for the latest information and monitor the travel advice of the country you are planning to transit. There are no direct flights to Australia, but there are flights via a transit hub to Australia.

  • Egypt Electronic Visa Portal

Children of Egyptian fathers must have their father's approval to leave Egypt. Authorities may ask for proof of this approval before allowing the children to leave.

Other formalities

Journalist accreditation.

Foreign journalists must get accreditation from the Egyptian Press Centre  before arrival. You need this if your visit is for work purposes. The Press Centre is part of the Egyptian State Information Service.

Punishments are severe for journalists working without accreditation.

You need approval to bring satellite phones and radio communications equipment into Egypt.

Apply to Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology well in advance of your trip. Authorities are likely to confiscate equipment brought in without clearance.

The use of drones, for any purpose, is illegal. Authorities will confiscate drones on arrival.

Pest control

If you arrive in Egypt by road, officials may check your car for pests. Follow the advice of local authorities.

Yellow fever vaccination

You need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Egypt if you arrive from a country where yellow fever is widespread.

Countries where yellow fever is a risk

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the  nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).

You can take up to EGP 5000 in cash when travelling to or from Egypt.

You must declare all foreign currency amounts over $US 10,000 or equivalent. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.

If you're visiting as a tourist, you may need to pay $US or euros for your accommodation. Most well-established hotels and resorts accept card payments. ATMs are available in most established areas.

Consult your financial institution prior to your travel.

Embassy or Consulate of Egypt

Local travel

Consider the security situation and risks to your safety in different locations. See  Safety

There are landmines in some areas, notably:

  • the desert areas around El Alamein
  • stretches of coastline near Mersa Matruh
  • the western shore of the Gulf of Suez
  • the Sinai Peninsula

Before you go, tell local authorities of your planned travel. Ask them about current risks and precautions for your route and destination.

Travel restrictions and disruptions

If you travel around Egypt, you may be stopped at military and civilian checkpoints. Officials at checkpoints have detained and harassed foreigners.

Rules apply to people entering the Sinai, including via the Ahmed Hamdi tunnel. When you enter, you must present one of the following:

  • a valid form of ID with a Sinai address
  • proof of ownership or rental contracts of property in the Sinai
  • hard copy evidence of hotel reservations

Travel to the Sinai in a 4WD vehicle may be restricted if you don't hold a valid permit. Check the advice of local authorities before travel. 

Land borders

Egypt's borders are under military control.

The military restricts and, in some cases, bans the movement of civilians and vehicles.

You need permission to cross borders off the main sealed roads, including at the borders with Libya, Sudan, Israel and parts of the Sinai. Get permission from the Travel Permits Department of the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior.

If, despite our advice, you plan to cross from Egypt into the Gaza strip:

  • read our advice on  Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
  • check border crossing requirements with your nearest  Egyptian embassy  or the Ministry of the Interior in Cairo

You must get permission from Egyptian authorities to enter and exit the Gaza Strip using the Rafah border crossing.

If you enter the Gaza Strip through this border, you must leave the same way.

You may be delayed in the Gaza Strip for a long time, possibly weeks while waiting for approval to return.

The Australian Government can't influence the granting of approval or when the crossing will open. Our ability to provide consular help in Gaza is extremely limited.

Other borders

Road travel to Abu Simbel, 40km north of the Sudanese border, can be dangerous. If you do, go on an organised tour guarded by police escorts.

There's a high threat of terrorist attacks within 50km of Egypt's border with Libya. Deadly attacks have recently occurred in the area.

Driving permit

You can't drive in Egypt on your Australian driver's licence.

Before arriving in Egypt, get an international driver's permit and get an  embassy or consulate of Egypt  to certify it.

Road travel

Road travel can be dangerous. 

Road conditions are very poor. Cars, buses and trucks frequently drive at high speed and without headlights at night.

Road accidents occur often.

Where possible, avoid travelling by road. Visit regional places, including Luxor, by other means.

  • Driving or riding

Motorcycles

Take extra care if you plan to ride a motorbike. Be alert to the different road conditions.

Always wear a helmet.

Taxis and Rideshare

Cairo and Alexandria have a lot of taxis. Rideshare services are available in Cairo and Alexandria.

In Cairo, taxis are white. In Alexandria, taxis are black and yellow.

All taxis should have a meter. The law requires drivers to use their meters. However, many taxi drivers will claim that the meter is broken and try to negotiate a fare.

Taxis rarely have seatbelts, especially in the back seats. 

Sexual harassment of women by taxi drivers is common.

Avoid taxis, especially if you're a woman and on your own. Ride share apps may be safer as you can track your driver's details and share the trip details with others.

If you use a taxi, travel with people you know or advise others of your planned travel and destination.

Public transport

The Cairo Metro subway system is generally reliable.

Maintenance and safety standards of other public road and rail transport are very poor.

  • Transport and getting around safely

Rail travel

Train travel is generally safe, but accidents do occur.

In March and April 2021, two train accidents occurred in North and South Egypt. The accidents caused many deaths and injuries.

There have been a number of train derailments on the Cairo-Aswan line. Several people were injured when a train derailed between Aswan and Luxor in 2016.

Piracy  and  armed robbery  are risks in the southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

All forms of shipping are attractive targets for pirates. This includes commercial vessels, pleasure craft and luxury cruise liners.

The  International Maritime Bureau  issues piracy reports.

If you plan to  travel by boat , be highly alert and cautious in the southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Scuba diving / aquatic activities

Sharks and other potentially dangerous aquatic animals are in the waters off Egypt. Certain beaches and dive areas may be subject to temporary closures. Exercise caution and seek advice from local authorities. Ensure you dive with reputable and licensed operators.

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Egypt's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

For consular help, contact:

Australian Embassy, Cairo

11th floor, World Trade Centre 1191 Corniche el Nil Boulac, Cairo, Egypt

Phone: +20 2 2770 6600 Fax: +20 2 2770 6650 Website: egypt.embassy.gov.au Facebook: Australia in Egypt X: @AusAmbEGY

The Australian Embassy in Cairo operates on Sunday – Thursday.

The security situation may affect Embassy opening hours. 

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Travel Egypt: Visa Application To Travel Checklist - All You Need To Know Before Your Visit

W ant to experience one of the oldest civilisations on Earth along with its historical wonders, architecture, unique culture, and cuisine? There is no place better than Egypt. This North African country, which has most of its land covered under the desert, is situated on the shores of the Red Sea. Being one of the most fascinating travel destinations, Egypt attracts lakhs of tourists every year.

This country, encompassing centuries-old history in its gigantic desert, provides a first-hand experience of monumental architecture and grand museums along with various adventures through the marvellous Red Sea and the world's largest Nile River. In the past few years with the Middle East and Asia experiencing a huge tourism boom, Egypt has become one of the leading countries attracting solo travellers.

Visa Procedure And Entry Requirements:

If you are also planning to travel to Egypt, here are the visa procedures and entry requirements to support your journey. This visa will be your ticket to paradise, for which you have to apply through an online platform offered by the Egyptian government. Indian nationals can apply for different types of visas catering to their multiple purposes of visit.

Types of visas provided by Egypt for an Indian National:

  • Tourist Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Business Visa

Each visa requires a specific application process with different entry requirements and documents.

Tourist Visa:

A tourist visa is the document through which you can enter the land of wonders. indian nationals can apply for e-visa through the online platform. the egypt tourist visa is a single-entry e-visa valid for 90 days with a stay of a maximum of 30 days., required documents:.

Here are the documents you will require to fill out the form for your visa and at the airport as well.

  • Passport with at least 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months from arrival
  • Visa Application Form
  • 2 Photographs
  • Your travel itinerary including return tickets and hotel bookings
  • Proof of funds to support your trip
  • Guarantee Letter: It is an invitation letter from the tourism company or your family and any friend

You can apply for the e-visa through the official government website. Steps To Apply For The Visa:

  • Create an account on the e-visa website
  • Upload your documents
  • Pay the visa fee
  • Wait for your visa

Points to be noted:

  • Must apply at least 10 to 7 days before your trip as e-visa processing time is up to 7 days
  • Must carry a printed copy of your e-visa at the airport
  • Egypt e-visa cannot be extended
  • You have to pay Rs. 2,350 as a single entry visa fee
  • Photographs should be 3.5cm x 4.5cm in colour
  • Only group applications are allowed through the government website. For individual applications, one has to contact any travel and tour guide company 

ALSO READ: Travel Indonesia: Visa Rules To Must-Visit Places — All You Need To Know Before Exploring This Country

Travel Logistics:

Egypt is well connected through airlines. There are two main airports for international flights - Cairo International Airport and Luxor International Airport. Multiple direct flights from the different airports of India to Egypt run by - Air Arabia, Egypt Air, Etihad Airways and Gulf Air are also available. Flight tickets can cost around  Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 and will take at least 6 to 9 hours.

You can travel by road which is not so expensive, but complicated due to crossing multiple borders. If you are willing to travel by cruise, then you have to go by Nile cruise crossing all over their maritime boundaries as there is no other option available directly from India to Egypt.

Travelling within Egypt is easy as it is well connected by the roads for local transportation with easy access to car rentals, cabs, shuttle services, and taxis to reach your destination. You can also opt for railways to travel from one city to another within the country. While travelling by train, be careful as tourists are only allowed to use four trains dedicatedly run for visitors and no other public train.

For accommodation, you will have a number of options including hostels, hotels and luxury villas which you can pick according to your budget. Make sure to book your all-day accommodation in advance as you have to submit your itinerary at the airport. 

While exploring Egypt can take almost 15 to 20 days with an expense of more than Rs 1.5 lakhs, a shorter trip of 7 to 10 days costing around Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh can also be planned.

The official currency of Egypt is Egyptian Pound also known as Geneh and as of 13 May 2024, 1 Egyptian pound is equal to Rs 1.77. As Egypt does not accept Indian currency, do not forget to exchange money at the airports. Egypt is one of the budget-friendly countries in the world for Indian tourists.

Best Time To Travel Egypt:

Egypt has a moderate climate and short seasonal transitions. Just like India, it receives winters from November to March, and summers from May to September.

In winters, temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C in some areas, and in summers, temperatures can rise up to 35°C to 40°C. Therefore, winters are a preferable tourism season, but if you prefer fewer crowds and have a low budget, choose the timing of August to September or March to April.

As a Muslim-majority country, most of the Egyptian population speaks Arabic- the country's official language. Apart from Arabic, people of the centre cities are also well versed in English. However, if you are travelling to any other country, it's better to learn a few basic words to enhance your overall experience. Here are a few words you can learn before or during your trip to Egypt: 'Sabah Al-Khair' (Good Morning), 'Shukran' (Thank You), 'Habibi' (My friend), 'Yalla' (Let's go), and 'Mashi' (Okay or Fine).

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Although more than 95% of the total land is covered by desert in Egypt, you can find some amazing landscapes. From temples to beaches, monuments to breathtaking sunset views- there is a lot to cover. Egypt has one of the oldest plus greatest civilisations and the famous pyramids, mummies, and temples.

With a classic blend of tradition and modernity, Egypt is a land of gods and goddesses. In ancient times, more than 14,000 gods and goddesses were worshipped, leading to the construction of hundreds of captivating temples like the Abu Simbel Temple, Edfu Temple, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossi of Memnon, and many more.

The spotlight of Egypt is the Pyramids of Giza which attracts scientists, historians, and tourists from all over the world. To discover the pyramids, Hurghada will be your base which is a bus ride from Cairo. You can find the resting place of a few mummies inside these pyramids, although the real mummies are at the Egyptian Museum.

Your trip will not be complete without a visit to the Egyptian Museum which is in Cairo where you can find some of the rare artifacts of the ancient world. After hopping to these, you can head to the world's oldest markets offering handcraft pieces, beautiful jewellery and numerous souvenirs. Do not forget to use your bargaining skills here.

While Egypt has a wonderful marine life, it does not have much forest area. The beaches at the Red Sea offer thrilling underwater adventure activities like snorkelling and diving. The Sahara desert covers two-thirds of the country and gives wonderful expedition opportunities and camel rides.

Apart from being a haven for people looking for archaeological sites, history, spirituality and mythology, Egypt also offers some of the world's delicious dishes including Koshari, ta'ameya and om ali. So, plan a trip to this marvellous city to have an exciting adventure in the sands.

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Ultimate Guide: How To Travel From Egypt To America

  • Last updated May 24, 2024
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Kamilla Henke

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Are you dreaming of exploring the majestic landscapes of America from the enchanting land of Egypt? Have you ever wondered what it takes to travel from the pyramids of Giza to the bustling streets of New York City? Well, look no further! In this ultimate guide, we will take you on a virtual journey as we uncover all the essential information you need to know about making the voyage from Egypt to America. From visa requirements to flight options, and even cultural nuances, this guide has got you covered. So, grab your passport and let's embark on a thrilling adventure!

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Visa requirements for traveling from egypt to america, airlines that offer direct flights from egypt to america, tips for booking affordable flights from egypt to america, important documents and preparations for traveling from egypt to america.

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If you are a citizen of Egypt and planning to travel to America, it's important to understand the visa requirements before you embark on your journey. The United States has a strict visa policy, and obtaining a visa is an essential step in the process of traveling from Egypt to America. Here is a detailed guide on the visa requirements for Egyptian citizens traveling to America:

  • Determine the type of visa you need: The first step is to determine the type of visa you need for your trip to America. There are different visa categories, such as tourist visas (B-2), business visas (B-1), student visas (F or M), and work visas (H, L, O, P, or Q visas). Choose the category that best fits your purpose of travel.
  • Complete the online visa application: Once you have determined the visa category, you need to complete the online visa application form, known as the DS-160 form. This form collects your personal information, travel details, and purpose of travel. Make sure to answer all the questions accurately and truthfully.
  • Pay the visa fee: After completing the DS-160 form, you need to pay the visa fee. The fee amount varies depending on the visa category. You can pay the fee online through a variety of methods, including credit card or bank transfer.
  • Schedule an appointment: Once the visa fee is paid, you can schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Cairo. The appointment can be made online through the visa application center's website. It's important to schedule the appointment well in advance to secure your preferred date and time.
  • Gather the required documents: Along with the visa application form and payment receipt, you will need to gather supporting documents to submit at your visa interview. The required documents may include your passport, passport-sized photographs, proof of funds to cover your expenses in America, travel itinerary, and supporting documents related to your purpose of travel.
  • Attend the visa interview: On the scheduled date, attend the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The visa officer will review your application, ask you questions about your travel plans, and verify your documents. It's important to be honest, confident, and well-prepared for the interview. Dress appropriately and be polite during the interview.
  • Wait for visa processing: After the interview, your visa application will undergo a processing period. The length of this period may vary, so it's important to apply well in advance of your intended travel date. You can check the status of your visa application online through the visa application center's website.
  • Collect your passport with the visa: Once your visa application is approved, you will receive a notification to collect your passport with the visa stamp. You can either collect it from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in person or opt for a courier service to have it delivered to your specified address.

It's important to note that having a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. Upon arrival in America, you will still need to go through the immigration process and provide the necessary documents to the immigration officer. The officer will determine your eligibility to enter the country.

In conclusion, if you are an Egyptian citizen planning to travel from Egypt to America, it's crucial to understand and fulfill the visa requirements. By following the steps outlined above and being well-prepared for your visa interview, you increase your chances of obtaining a visa and making your dream trip to America a reality.

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If you're planning a trip from Egypt to America, you'll be pleased to know that several airlines offer direct flights between these two countries. This makes it convenient for travelers to reach their destination without any layovers or connections. In this article, we will highlight some of the airlines that offer direct flights from Egypt to America, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your travel needs.

EgyptAir is the national airline of Egypt and offers direct flights from Cairo, Egypt to several major cities in America, including New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. With EgyptAir, you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient journey, as they offer a range of amenities and services to make your flight more enjoyable. Additionally, they have a strong reputation for providing excellent customer service.

Delta Air Lines:

Delta Air Lines is a major American airline that operates direct flights from Cairo, Egypt to various cities in the United States, such as Atlanta, New York, and Detroit. Delta is known for its extensive network and top-notch facilities. They offer a wide range of in-flight entertainment options and comfortable seating arrangements to ensure a pleasant journey.

American Airlines:

American Airlines is another popular choice for travelers looking for direct flights from Egypt to America. They offer non-stop flights from Cairo to major cities in the United States, including New York, Miami, and Chicago. American Airlines is known for its excellent customer service and comfortable seating options. Passengers can enjoy a range of amenities, including in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity.

United Airlines:

United Airlines operates direct flights from Cairo to several cities in America, such as New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago. With United Airlines, you can expect a comfortable and hassle-free journey. They offer various amenities on board, including in-flight entertainment, complimentary meals, and comfortable seating arrangements. United also provides excellent customer service to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Turkish Airlines:

Although not an American airline, Turkish Airlines offers a convenient option for travelers looking for direct flights from Egypt to America. They operate flights from Cairo to various cities in the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, with a layover in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines is renowned for its high-quality service, comfortable seating, and excellent in-flight amenities.

When booking your flight, it's essential to check the schedules and prices offered by each airline. Additionally, consider factors such as baggage allowance, in-flight services, and any other specific requirements you may have. By choosing one of these airlines, you can enjoy a comfortable and direct journey from Egypt to America, making your travel experience more convenient and enjoyable.

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If you're planning a trip from Egypt to America, one of the most important aspects to consider is the cost of your flight. Booking affordable flights can help you save money that you can use to explore America or indulge in local experiences. Here are some tips to help you book the most affordable flight from Egypt to America:

  • Be flexible with your travel dates: Flights prices can vary significantly depending on the time of year, day of the week, and even the time of day. If you have the flexibility, try to travel during off-peak seasons or on weekdays, as flights tend to be cheaper. Use flight search engines that have a flexible date option to compare prices for different travel dates easily.
  • Use flight comparison websites: Utilize flight comparison websites such as Skyscanner, Kayak, or Google Flights to compare prices from various airlines and travel agencies. These websites allow you to search for flights from multiple departure airports in Egypt to different destinations in America to find the best deals available.
  • Subscribe to airline newsletters: Sign up for newsletters from different airlines to receive updates on promotions, discounts, and exclusive offers. This way, you'll be among the first to know about any discounted prices or flash sales that can save you money on your flight.
  • Consider layovers or connecting flights: Non-stop flights are usually more convenient but can be more expensive. If you're on a tight budget, consider looking for flights with layovers or connecting flights. However, make sure to check the total travel time and any visa requirements for your layover destination, if applicable.
  • Book in advance: Generally, flight prices tend to increase as the departure date approaches. By booking your flight well in advance, you can often secure better deals and avoid last-minute price hikes. Aim to book your flight at least three to four months before your intended departure date.
  • Be open to different airports: When searching for flights, consider flying from and to secondary airports near your intended departure and arrival points. Secondary airports sometimes offer lower airfares than major airports. Also, consider flying into one city and departing from another, as this can sometimes result in lower fares due to different market dynamics.
  • Be aware of baggage fees and restrictions: Before making your final flight booking, check the baggage allowance and any fees associated with checked baggage. Some airlines may have lower upfront prices but charge high fees for baggage, which can significantly increase your overall cost.
  • Use your frequent flyer miles or credit card rewards: If you're a member of a frequent flyer program or have accumulated credit card airline miles or rewards points, consider using them to offset the cost of your flight. Check if your miles or rewards can be used for flights from Egypt to America and compare prices to ensure you're getting the best value.

Remember, booking affordable flights requires research, time, and patience. By following these tips and exploring different options, you can increase your chances of finding an affordable flight from Egypt to America, allowing you to make the most of your travel experience.

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If you are planning to travel from Egypt to America, there are several important documents and preparations that you need to take care of beforehand. This article will guide you through the process and ensure that you are well-prepared for your journey.

  • Valid Passport: The first and foremost document that you need to travel to America is a valid passport. Make sure that your passport is up to date and has at least six months of validity from the date of your departure. If your passport is close to expiry, it is advisable to renew it before your trip.
  • Visa: Before traveling to America, Egyptian citizens need to obtain a visa. The most common type of visa for tourism and business purposes is the B1/B2 visa. To apply for a visa, you need to fill out an online application form, pay the required fees, and schedule an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or consulate in Egypt. During the interview, you will be asked about the purpose of your visit, your travel plans, and your ties to Egypt. It is important to provide accurate and truthful information during the interview.
  • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization): If you are a citizen of Egypt and you are planning to travel to America under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you need to apply for an ESTA. ESTA is an online system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States without a visa. It is advisable to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before your departure. Keep in mind that having an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry to the United States; it only authorizes you to travel to the country.
  • Flight Tickets: Once you have obtained all the necessary documents, it is time to book your flight tickets. You can check various airlines and travel websites to find the best deals and convenient flight options. It is advisable to book your tickets well in advance to avoid last-minute hassles.
  • Travel Insurance: While traveling to America, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance. In case of any unforeseen circumstances like medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost baggage, travel insurance can provide financial protection and assistance.
  • Accommodation: Before you travel, secure your accommodation in America. You can book hotels, guesthouses, or apartments at your desired destination. Research online reviews and compare prices to find the best accommodation option that suits your budget and preferences.
  • Currency Exchange: Make sure to exchange your Egyptian pounds to U.S. dollars before you travel. You can do this at your local bank or at currency exchange services. It is advisable to carry some cash in U.S. dollars for immediate expenses upon arrival.
  • Vaccinations: Check if any vaccines are recommended or required for travel to America. Consult with your healthcare provider or visit a travel health clinic to get the necessary vaccinations and medical advice.
  • Itinerary and Travel Plans: Plan your travel itinerary in advance. Make a list of the places you want to visit, the activities you want to do, and the duration of your stay in America. Having a detailed itinerary will help you make the most of your trip and avoid any last-minute confusion.
  • Customs and Immigration: Familiarize yourself with the customs and immigration rules of the United States. Be prepared to answer questions about the purpose of your visit, the duration of your stay, and provide necessary documentation when going through immigration upon arrival in America.

In conclusion, traveling from Egypt to America requires proper documentation and preparations. Make sure to have a valid passport, visa or ESTA, flight tickets, travel insurance, accommodation, local currency, necessary vaccinations, and a well-planned itinerary. By taking care of these important aspects, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to America.

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Frequently asked questions.

To travel from Egypt to America, you will need a valid passport and a valid US visa. You may also need additional documents, such as a travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, and proof of sufficient funds.

Airlines such as EgyptAir, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways offer direct flights from Egypt to America. However, the availability of direct flights may vary depending on the season and airline schedules.

The duration of the flight from Egypt to America varies depending on the departure and arrival airports, as well as any layovers. On average, a direct flight can take around 12-15 hours, while flights with layovers may take longer.

Yes, there are often travel restrictions and entry requirements in place to enter America from Egypt. These requirements can include COVID-19 testing, quarantine periods, and completing health declaration forms. It is important to check the latest travel advisories and requirements before planning your trip.

The cost of traveling from Egypt to America can vary depending on factors such as the time of year, airline, class of travel, and any additional services or baggage fees. It is recommended to compare prices from different airlines and booking platforms to find the best deal.

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