Egypt Visa Information

If you're planning a trip to Egypt, understanding the visa requirements is essential to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry into this historically rich and captivating country. Here's a detailed guide to Egypt visa requirements, application options, and important information for travelers:

Visa Requirements

Visas are required for all visitors to Egypt. However, the process can vary depending on your nationality and travel plans. Here are the key visa options and requirements:

1. E-Visa

  • Who Can Apply: Most nationalities can obtain an e-Visa for tourism purposes.
  • Application Process: Apply online by completing an application and making the required payment.
  • Timing: You can obtain an e-Visa up to 3 months before your travel date, and it is valid for 30 days from your entry into Egypt.
  • Eligible Countries: The e-Visa is available for a wide range of eligible countries.
  • Cost: The current cost for a single-entry e-Visa for tourism is USD or equivalent. Be aware that this fee may increase to USD without prior notice.
  • Recommendation: Securing an e-Visa before travel is advisable, as it expedites the immigration process upon arrival.

2. Visa Upon Arrival

  • Who Can Apply: Some nationalities have the option to obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport.
  • Cost: The current cost of a visa upon arrival is USD, payable in USD cash. GBP or Euro payments (cash only) may also be accepted based on the daily exchange rate.
  • Note: The visa fee upon arrival may increase to USD without prior notice.
  • Caution: In the event of visa refusal at the port of entry, On The Go Tours cannot be held responsible. To avoid currency hassles and expedite immigration, obtaining an e-Visa before arrival is recommended (if eligible).

3. Special Information for Canadian Passport Holders

  • Effective from October 1, 2023: Canadian passport holders will not be able to obtain an e-visa before traveling to Egypt or get a visa upon arrival. They must obtain a visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate abroad.
  • Existing E-Visas: E-Visas issued before October 1, 2023, will remain valid until their expiration.
  • Visa Application Service: Canadian residents can use CIBT Visa Service for assistance, and a hotel list for the application can be provided upon request.

4. Special Information for South African Passport Holders

  • Effective from April 1, 2022: South African passport holders can obtain a visa upon arrival in Egypt, as RSA is not yet on the e-Visa eligibility list. This option is convenient for South African travelers.

5. Completing Your Visa Form

  • Address in Egypt: When completing the Egyptian visa form, if asked for your address in Egypt, use one of the following addresses:
    • Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi: Corniche El Nil, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, Tel: +202 25260601
    • Hyatt Regency Cairo West: Alexandria Desert Rd, Al Giza Desert, Giza 3296131, Egypt, Tel: +20 2 35369500
    • Oasis Pyramids Hotel: Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Giza 12556, Egypt, Tel: +202 38387333 or +202–38387666
  • Host Information: If requested to provide host information, write:
    • On The Go Tours, C/O Excel Travel S.A.E., 22 Desouk St., From El Emam Ali, El Ismailia Square, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt 11341, Tel: +2 02 24136100

Visa Requirements for Specific Residents

For UK Residents

For AU and NZ Residents

  • To apply for an online Egyptian tourist e-Visa, follow the provided link.
  • Alternatively, visit the Egyptian Embassy website for a Tourist Visa application form and instructions.

For Canadian Residents

  • Effective from October 1, 2023: Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa from an Egyptian Embassy before traveling. Existing e-visas issued before October 1, 2023, remain valid until their expiry date.
  • Visa application assistance is recommended through CIBT Visas.

For US Residents

  • To apply for an online Egyptian tourist e-Visa, follow the provided link.
  • Alternatively, visit the Egyptian Embassy, USA website for more information.

For South African Residents

  • Visit the Egyptian Embassy, SA website for more information.

Visa Procurement

  • Visa requirements are subject to change, and it is the traveler's responsibility, not On The Go Tours, to ensure compliance.
  • Passport Validity: Ensure your passport remains valid for at least 6 months from your planned departure date from Egypt.
  • Providing Passport Details: After booking your holiday, provide your passport details promptly to facilitate the booking of trains and flight tickets, if included in your holiday package.
  • Multiple Visas for Certain Tours: Depending on your tour, you may need to obtain both Egyptian and Jordanian visas or additional visas for specific itineraries, such as the Pyramids Petra & Promised Land tour. Be sure to check your specific tour requirements.

With this comprehensive guide, you can navigate the Egyptian visa process with confidence and look forward to an unforgettable journey through this ancient land of wonders.

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To obtain a Egypt eVisa

  • Step1: Complete the online application by providing your passport details.
  • Step2: Submit payment online using a credit card.
  • Step3: Monitor your email for confirmation of payment and receipt of your eVisa, which will be sent electronically.
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