Everyone needs a visa in order to travel to Egypt, irrespective of nationality, age or purpose of travel
Nationals of the following countries have the option to obtain a visa on arrival:
Visa fee payable on arrival is 25 US dollars or equivalent in Egyptian pounds.
Nationals of UK, EU & USA travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, Dahab and Nuweiba for up to 14 days stay, are visa exempt. However, please note that only these resorts are visa exempt, so if travelling elsewhere in Egypt the usual visa requirements will apply.
Travel Document holders as well as nationals of the following countries: Iran, Tunisia, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Mauritania, Comoros, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Niger, Chad, Israel, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Moldova, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, need to apply for clearance from the authorities in Cairo (via the Egyptian Consulate), as a preliminary stage to their visa application.
To apply for clearance, kindly apply via the Consulate with 1 photocopy of your travel document or passport, 1 photograph with a white background and 2 visa application forms duly completed and signed, with visa fee. This process may take from 2-6 weeks.
Apart from the usual visa requirements, Chinese nationals must also supply a Letter from their Employer or their University, as well as return tickets.
South African nationals must apply for their visa prior to travelling to Egypt, either in person (2 working days), or by post (5 working days). South Africans are exempt from paying the visa fee.
Malaysian nationals can stay in Egypt for up to two weeks without a visa. If the stay exceeds 2 weeks, the usual visa requirements apply.
Please read carefully all information provided, paying special attention when mentioned “all other nationalities, other than the ones listed” as you may fall under this category and there may be information relevant to you.
Resident permits can only be applied for in Cairo, Mogama’a El Tahrir, El Tahrir Square, Immigration Department, Ministry of Interior.
Work permits can only be applied for in Egypt, by approaching the local authorities under jurisdiction of the Ministry of Labour, together with representatives of your Employer.
All passports must be at least 6 months valid before expiry date.
A multiple-entry visa can only be applied for prior to travelling and valid for the applicant the right to a maximum 90 days stay in Egypt, 6 months, during which the applicant can enter Egypt more than once.
Please allow 2 working days for processing, if applying in person.
No transit visa is required if you do not leave the international area at the airport, whilst you are waiting between two flights. However, if you do intend to leave the airport and enter Egypt on a stopover before catching your connecting flight, then you must have a tourist visa or a business visa depending on the purpose of your visit.
Yes, however, each applicant must complete and sign his/her own application form.
Yes, however, each applicant must complete and sign his/her own application form. In case of underage children, the legal guardian or parent can sign on their behalf.
Yes, however, this person must carry an authorization letter from the applicant, as well as provide the ticket showing a tracking number which was given to the applicant. This person will also be required to identify himself/herself with an ID card / passport and sign in order to acknowledge receipt of the applicant’s passport.
Yes, a visa sticker will be affixed to one of your passport pages. At least one whole blank page is required.
No, our automated visa system at the Consulate, validates the visa automatically, set at the date of issue, and cannot be altered. Visas are valid for 6 months.
No, you require just one visa entry or multiple whether it be single.
Business visas must be applied for prior to travelling to Egypt. Apart from the usual visa requirements, kindly supply an official letter with regard to your business visit to Egypt.
As work permits can only be issued in Egypt, please apply for a multiple-entry business visa, which will entitle you to a maximum of 90 days stay in Egypt and 6 month visa validity. Thus, whilst being in Egypt, you will be able to approach the local authorities under jurisdiction of the Labour Ministry, together with representatives of your employer and apply for your work permit.
An official letter from your GP is required, specifying that the medication you are taking to Egypt is for your personal use only, the quantity you will be carrying and details of your condition. Please note that any medication containing Methadone is NOT permitted into Egypt. For further details please contact the Egyptian Medical Office in London.
There is a limit of L.E. 5,000 and $10,000 or equivalent GBP on the amount of cash allowed to be carried in or out of Egypt.
You must contact the British Embassy in Cairo on Tel.: (002) (02) 27916000 or by email: [email protected], as only the British government can advise on how to enter Britain.