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Egypt eVisa vs. Visa on Arrival: The easier way to travel to Egypt
iVisa
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Exploring the mystique of Egypt begins with choosing the correct visa. Most travelers to Egypt have two primary options without visiting an embassy: the Egypt eVisa and the Egypt Visa on Arrival. Each option offers unique benefits and processes, but understanding their differences is key to a hassle-free journey.

This article will delve into the specifics of both visa types, helping you decide which Egypt visa suits your travel needs for an unforgettable Egyptian adventure. Let’s unravel the application process and prepare for this trip!

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Egypt eVisa: Apply online for your Egypt visa

The Egypt eVisa, an electronic visa, simplifies the application process and allows entry into Egypt for tourism, business, or medical purposes. It's a modern alternative to traditional visas, eliminating the need to visit an embassy or consulate​​. It gives you the convenience of applying online and securing a visa before departure.

We offer both a single and multiple-entry Egypt eVisa. The single-entry visa is valid for 90 days, you can enter only once and stay up to 30 days. The multiple-entry visa is valid for 180 days, you can enter several times and stay up to 30 days per entry.

You can apply with us or directly with the official Egypt eVisa portal.

Eligible criteria to apply for an Egypt eVisa

The eVisa is available to citizens of over 74 countries, including all EU member states, the UK, and the USA. Travelers can check their eligibility using the Visa Checker Tool. Tourists from the United States, the European Union, or the United Kingdom visiting Sinai Red Sea resorts for up to 14 days don’t require a visa. Still, a visa is necessary for traveling beyond these areas​​.

How to apply for an Egypt eVisa with us

Applying for an Egypt eVisa is a straightforward and efficient process:

  1. Provide your contact and travel info on our website or use the iVisa app. Select your preferred processing time and pay the visa fees.

  2. Complete the rest of your Egypt eVisa application form and provide a scan of your passport.

  3. Submit your application. You’ll receive your Egypt eVisa within the chosen timeframe. Print a copy and keep a digital version on your mobile device for ease during travel.

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The Egypt Visa on Arrival (VOA)

The Egypt Visa on Arrival is also an alternative to Embassy visas. This process is relatively simple, and you can apply at certain Egyptian airports when you arrive in the country. You don’t need to worry about visa application before the trip. Be prepared to face long lines at the airport.

Eligibility criteria for the Egypt Visa on Arrival

Like the eVisa, citizens of many countries, including the U.S. and the UK, are eligible for the Visa on Arrival. Since the list of eligible countries may change yearly, we recommend consulting the nearest Embassy of Egypt for updated information. Besides your nationality, you must consider arriving in Egypt at one of the following airports to get an Egypt Visa on Arrival:

  • Cairo International Airport, Cairo

  • Hurghada International Airport, Hurghada

  • St Catherine International Airport, St Catherina

  • Borg El Arab International Airport, Alexandria

  • Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

  • Luxor Airport International Airport

How to apply for an Egypt Visa on Arrival

The Egypt Visa on Arrival process offers flexibility for travelers who haven’t secured a visa beforehand. Follow these steps to apply for this visa type:

  1. Arrive at an Egyptian airport and find the bank kiosks within airport arrival halls.

  2. Complete the visa application form and provide the necessary paperwork to the immigration officer.

  3. Pay the visa fee in USD, pounds sterling, or euros, with USD preferred​​. The cost for a single-entry visa is US$25, and US$60 for a multiple-entry one.

Egypt eVisa vs. Visa on Arrival

Choosing between the Egypt eVisa and the Visa on Arrival is a key decision for travelers to Egypt. While both facilitate entry into this historic land, they differ notably in application process, convenience, and predictability.

  • Application process: The e-Visa offers a seamless online application, ensuring you have your visa before departure​​. In contrast, the Visa on Arrival requires applying upon reaching Egypt, which can involve waiting and uncertainty​​.

  • Eligibility: The eVisa is available to over 74 countries, making it accessible to a broader audience​​. The Visa on Arrival is also widely available but has specific conditions for some nationalities​​.

  • Convenience and predictability: The eVisa is processed quickly and efficiently online, providing a stress-free experience​​. The Visa on Arrival doesn’t require applying in advance but entails airport queues and lacks the pre-trip assurance of an approved visa​​.

  • Cost: The eVisa and Visa on Arrival have the same government fees. In summary, the eVisa generally stands out as the better option due to its convenience, ease of application, and greater predictability, making it a preferred choice for a hassle-free visit to Egypt.

Have questions about the Egypt eVisa? Contact us

Contact our dedicated customer support team if you have questions or need further assistance with your Egypt eVisa application. Reach out to us via our online chat or WhatsApp.

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