Entry Visa to Egypt

Visitors and tourists coming to Egypt can obtain a visa upon arrival. Some can be obtained from Egyptian diplomatic or consular offices abroad. If you wish to obtain a visa upon arrival in Cairo, you must apply at the visa section of the Travel Documents and Immigration and Nationality Office (TDIN) located in the Mogamma Building, Tahrir Squire, downtown Cairo. Here’s what you need to know about Egypt entry visas:

  • 1. Types of Egypt Entry Visa
  • 2. Nationalities That Can Get Visa on Arrival in Egypt
  • 3. Nationalities That Must Obtain Visa Before Arriving in Egypt
  • 4. Nationalities that Can Be Applying for an Egypt E-Visa Application
  • 5. Nationalities That Have Full Egypt Visa-Free Upon Arrival
  • 6. Nationalities That Need to State Security Approval
  • 7. Passports Don’t Require A Visa For Egypt

Types of Egypt Entry Visa

  • Residence Visa: it is acquired by travelers who don’t seek to be just tourists but they come to Egypt for matters related to work, study, etc.
  • Tourist Visa: It is acquired by tourists who come to visit Egypt for a short period of time and the duration of such a visa doesn’t exceed a month.

Note that:

  • The Visa is valid for three months from the beginning date of the issue and it is only valid for only a month upon your arrival to Egypt.
  • If you have a reason to exceed your stay in Egypt than you have to go to the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Egypt to get the acceptance.

Nationalities That Can Get Visa on Arrival in Egypt

You will be totally surprised after figuring out that you can obtain your visa upon your arrival at the airport in Egypt from the visa office in the arrival hall. Here are the nationals of countries that can obtain Egypt visa upon arrival.

All European Union countries
United StatesCanadaGeorgia
JapanSouth KoreaMacedonia
New ZealandNorwayRussia

Egypt Visa Cost at the Airport: It is actually a stamp that costs 25$ that you have to put it in your passport on an empty paper so that you get the permission from the immigration officer. If you are asking for the Multiple entries visa, then you’ll pay 60$.

Useful Tips:

  • While being at the airport waiting to get your visa, take the chance to exchange some currency to be able to buy whatever you need in the Egyptian pound.
  • The ones who have a residence permit don’t need to obtain a visa as long as it is within the validity of their residence permit, or within six months, whichever period is less.

Nationalities That Must Obtain Egypt Visa Before Arriving

There are nationalities that must get visa before arriving in Egypt, so If you belong to one of the below nationalities, then you should apply for Egypt visa via “The Egyptian Consulate” before leaving your country to Egypt.

Bosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundiCentral African Republic 
CameroonChadCape VerdeComorosR Congo 
DR CongoCôteDjibouti & d’IvoireEl SalvadorEquatorial Guinea 
IranIraqIsraelKenyaDPR Korea 
R KosovoKyrgyzstanLebanon (except for those who arrival at Alexandria , Sharm El Sheikh & Hurghada airports)LesothoLiberia 
NigeriaPakistanPalestinePhilippinesSierra Leone
SomaliaSouth AfricaSri LankaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSudan
ThailandTogoTunisiaTurkey except for those who are below 18 & above 45 years oldTurkmenistan

Nationalities that Can Be Applying for an Egypt E-Visa

Egypt E-Visa is a document that allows you to travel to and within Egypt and it is, in fact, an alternative for the visas that are acquired at the entry ports. When travelers finish all the required procedures and pay with their credit or debit cards, they can easily obtain their e-visa. Before your departure with at least seven days, you have to create your e-visa application.

In order to apply for an e-visa use this website: Egypt E-Visa Online.

Nationals of the countries listed below may be issued with an E-Visa upon application on the Egypt E-Visa Portal.

Holy SeaHungaryIcelandItalyJapan
Russian FederationSerbiaSpainSwedenUnited States
United KingdomEnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWales

The online e-visa application process is a very simple one. Here are some of the basic requirements to have it:

  • A valid passport with at least 8 months availability.
  • A debit/credit card or a PayPal account to complete an online payment.
  • A copy of the host information is also required and this includes the hotel details, family or friends’ details, and even the travel agency details.
  • Make sure to submit an updated email address through which you’ll receive the e-visa.

Follow the Upcoming Procedures

In order to complete the e-visa application process, you’ll need to add some basic personal information such as the address of the required location, date of birth, the official name and passport details. You’ll also have to answer a few security questions and to avoid delays or rejection of your application, all the data provided should be accurate and the photos should be clear and of high quality. Visit the Egypt e-visa official website and proceed with the application process. After submitting all the necessary details, it takes a maximum of two days to get a response from the Egyptian Immigration department. You need to know that fees of your e-visa are non-refundable even when the application is denied or when the online order is canceled. All the data entered on the site are secured and well-encrypted to avoid any third-party from accessing your personal information.

Nationalities That Have Full Egypt Visa-Free Upon Arrival

There are some nationalities, which are allowed to enter Egypt without a visa (visa-free) for 3 months:

BahrainHong KongOman
MacaoKuwaitSaudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Moreover, there are 11 additional nationalities that are eligible for a visa-free 3-months stay “According to Certain Conditions”:

CountryCertain Conditions
Afghanistanprovided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below.
Algeriaprovided being aged 14 years and below
Libyaprovided being a female national or for residents of Butnan District on Sundays and Mondays.
Jordanprovided if holding a normal 5-year passport and the passport does not contain a stamp from the Jordanian Registration Office on the reverse side cover of the passport (on page 60).
Lebanonprovided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below (for all Egypt), visa not required for Alexandria and South Sinai (for all ages)
Moroccoprovided being aged 14 years and below.
Sudan and South Sudanprovided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below or being a female.
Tunisiaprovided being aged 14 years and below.
Yemenprovided being aged 50 years and above or 16 years and below or traveling for medical reasons.
Chinaprovided holding a return ticket, an upper-class hotel reservation and an equivalent of USD 2000.


Nationalities That Need to State Security Approval

According to the Egyptian government rules, people from the following nationalities need to have the permission first from the Egyptian State Security Authorities even after having the Visa and here is a list of them:

MauritaniaSomaliaSri LankaSyriaYemen

Passports Don’t Require a Visa for Egypt

Holders of the following diplomatic, official, service or special passports do not require a visa for Egypt.

Note that:

  • D — diplomatic passports
  • O — official passports
  • S — service passports
  • Sp — special passports
AlgeriaD O S SpArgentinaD O S Sp
ArmeniaD O S SpAustriaD S
BelarusD O S SpBoliviaD O S Sp
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDBrazilD O S Sp
ChileD O S SpChinaD S
CroatiaD O S SpCubaD O S Sp
CyprusD O S SpCzech RepublicD O S Sp
DenmarkD SEcuadorD O Sp
GabonD O S SpGeorgiaD O S Sp
GreeceD SGuineaD O S Sp
HungaryDIndiaD O
ItalyD O S SpJordanD O S Sp
KazakhstanDLibyaD O S Sp
MacedoniaD O SpMalaysiaD O S Sp
MontenegroDMoroccoD O S Sp
ParaguayD O S SpPeruD O S Sp
PhilippinesDPortugalD Sp
RussiaD SSerbiaD
SlovakiaD O S SpSloveniaD O S Sp
South AfricaD OSouth KoreaD O S Sp
SpainD O S SpSudanD O S Sp
TunisiaD O S SpTurkeyD O S Sp
UkraineD O S SpUruguayD O S Sp
VietnamD O S SpYemenD O S Sp
AlbaniaD O S Sp