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Egypt – Visas

Visa Regulations for Entering Egypt

Visitors from most countries require a visa to enter Egypt.

Visitors must have a valid passport with at least six months of validity and a return or onward ticket.

Visitors must provide evidence of sufficient funds for their stay in Egypt.

Visitors who overstay their visa or engage in unauthorized activities may face penalties, including fines, deportation, and a ban on future entry to Egypt.

  • How to navigate the regulations:

Visitors should plan ahead and research the requirements for their intended activities in Egypt.

Contacting the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate is another way to receive official information on visa requirements and procedures.


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Visitors should also familiarize themselves with the immigration laws and regulations of Egypt.

Types of Visas in Egypt

  • Tourist Visa:

Issued to individuals who wish to travel to Egypt for tourist purposes, such as visiting historical sites and cultural attractions. The visa is valid for up to 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days.

  • Business Visa:

Issued to individuals who wish to engage in business activities, such as attending meetings and conferences, in Egypt. The visa is valid for up to 90 days and can be extended for an additional 90 days.

  • Work Visa:

Issued to individuals who wish to work in Egypt. The visa is valid for up to two years and requires a job offer from an Egyptian employer. The employer must also obtain a work permit for the foreign national.

  • Student Visa:

Issued to individuals who wish to study in Egypt. The visa is valid for the duration of the study program and requires acceptance into an educational institution in Egypt.

Visa Exemptions in Egypt

  • Citizens of certain countries, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council states, may enter Egypt visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.

  • citizens of some countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union, may enter Egypt visa-free for stays of up to 30 days.

It’s advisable to check the official Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information on visa exemptions.

Relationship between Visas and Residency Status in Egypt

Visitors who wish to reside in Egypt for an extended period may be required to obtain a residency visa. The type of residency visa will depend on the individual’s purpose, such as work or retirement.

Residency visas are valid for up to two years and can be renewed. Individuals who hold a residency visa may also be eligible to apply for citizenship after a certain period of time.

Reliable Information on Visas for Entry into Egypt

  • Official Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website:

This website provides information on the visa requirements and regulations for entering Egypt.

https://www.mfa.gov.eg/English/ConsularServices/Visas/Pages/default.aspx

  • Egyptian Embassies and Consulates:

Visitors may contact the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate for information on visa requirements and procedures.

How and When to Apply for a Visa for Egypt

Visas for Egypt can be obtained through the Embassy of Egypt in the applicant’s home country or through a consulate if one is available. It is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance of the planned trip to ensure that there is enough time for processing.

The following form is required to apply for a visa:

Relevant Authorities

The relevant authority for obtaining a visa for Egypt is the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry’s website provides information on the visa application process and requirements: http://www.mfa.gov.eg/English/ConsularServices/Pages/VisaInformation.aspx

Consulates for US and UK Expat

For US citizens, the Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C. is the primary point of contact for visa applications: https://www.egyptembassy.net/consular-services/visa-services/

For UK citizens, the Embassy of Egypt in London is the primary point of contact for visa applications: https://www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/visa-services

Documents Required to Apply for a Visa for Egypt

The following documents are required to apply for a visa for Egypt:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • 1 passport-sized photo
  • Proof of financial means to support stay in Egypt (e.g. bank statement)
  • Proof of travel itinerary (e.g. flight and hotel reservations)
  • Proof of health insurance

For more information on the required documents and whether translations are necessary, visit the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website: http://www.mfa.gov.eg/English/ConsularServices/Pages/VisaInformation.aspx

Processing Time for a Visa for Egypt

The processing time for a visa for Egypt varies, but it typically takes 5-10 business days for a decision to be made on the application. It is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance of the planned trip to ensure that there is enough time for processing.

Costs Associated with Applying for a Visa for Egypt

The cost of applying for a visa for Egypt varies depending on the type of visa and the length of stay. However, the average cost is approximately $25-75. Other associated costs may include the cost of obtaining necessary documents (e.g. health insurance, travel itinerary), passport photos, and shipping or courier fees to send the required documents to the relevant authority or consulate.


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