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Egypt Visa requirements
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

If you’ve got majestic pyramids and Nile cruises on your mind, you also need to know which visa to apply for.

Egypt is a captivating destination with its rich history and stunning archaeological sites. Whether you're planning to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza or wander through the bustling markets of Cairo, it's important to get your visa details sorted out first.

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We're committed to helping travelers like you understand what you need to apply for an Egyptian visa. Let’s go through the essential information you need to know to help you prepare for your Egyptian adventure.

What are the visa requirements for Egypt?

Egypt offers a variety of visas that cater to different purposes:

  • Tourist Visa: This visa is Available as a single-entry or multiple-entry and is usually valid for up to 30 days per entry. Eligible countries can apply for it online while the rest can get one at an Egyptian embassy or consulate.

  • Business Visa: For individuals engaging in business-related activities in Egypt.

  • Transit Visa: This visa is required if leaving the airport or staying longer than 48 hours.

  • Entry Visa: Required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g., work, study, etc.

  • Diplomatic Visa: Issued to diplomatic passport holders visiting Egypt on official missions.

  • Official Visa: Issued to officials or employees of foreign governments and international organizations traveling on official business.

A visa on arrival is available to nationals of specific countries and is valid for 30 days.

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These are the general requirements when applying for an Egyptian visa:

  1. Valid passport: Must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of entry.

  2. Completed visa application form: They are available online or at Egyptian diplomatic missions.

  3. Passport-sized photos: Two recent photographs are necessary.

  4. Travel itinerary: This includes confirmed round-trip tickets and hotel bookings.

  5. Proof of sufficient funds: To show that you can financially support yourself during your stay in Egypt.

Additional documents may be required depending on the type of visa you’re applying for.

Who needs a visa for Egypt?

The following nationals enjoy visa-free entry into Egypt for specific durations:

  • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Citizens from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates can enter Egypt without a visa for up to six months.

  • Lebanon: Lebanese nationals can enter visa-free for up to 90 days under specific conditions, such as arriving on charter flights at designated airports like Borg El Arab, Hurghada, or Sharm el Sheikh.

  • Jordan: Jordanians can enter without a visa for visits of up to one month, provided travelers hold an ordinary 5-year passport without a stamp from the Jordanian Registration Office.

A visa-on-arrival is available for nationals from approximately 51 countries, including all European Union member states, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. This visa is typically valid for 30 days and can be obtained directly at major entry points like Cairo, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheikh airports.

Several countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Germany, are eligible for an Egyptian eVisa and can apply for it online without visiting an Egyptian diplomatic mission.

Travelers from countries not listed under visa-exempt or visa-on-arrival categories must apply for a visa at the nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate. This includes most African, South American, and Asian countries.

To confirm whether you enjoy visa-free entry or need to apply for an Egyptian visa, please contact the Egyptian embassy or consulate in your country.

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How to apply for an Egyptian visa

Apply for an Egypt eVisa through iVisa

We offer an Egypt Visa service that handles visa applications. You’ll have access to a simplified application form that’s easy to understand and fill out (it will take you less than 15 minutes).

Our team of visa experts will review your application once you’re done to make sure it’s correctly filled and free from mistakes, thus increasing your chances of visa approval.

Here’s how to apply:

Step 1: Go to our website or download the iVisa app to start your visa application. Enter your personal and travel details.

Step 2: Verify that all your information is correct. Select your preferred processing option and pay the service and visa fees with a credit or debit card, PayPal, or Venmo.

Step 3: Complete the application form, upload the necessary documents, and submit.

When your visa is approved, we’ll notify you via email. Make sure to print it out and save a digital copy on your phone before you head to Egpyt.

Apply for an Egypt Visa at an embassy or consulate

  1. Gather all the necessary documents.

  2. Contact the Egyptian embassy or consulate in your country to schedule an appointment. Some embassies allow for online booking, while others may require you to call or email them.

  3. Attend your appointment at the embassy or consulate with all your documents. Submit your application and documents and pay the visa fee, which varies depending on the type of visa and your nationality.

  4. After submitting your application, the processing time can vary. You will be notified by the embassy once your visa is ready. This could take a few days to several weeks.

  5. Once your visa is processed and approved, you will either need to pick it up in person or it will be mailed to you if you include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your application.

Get support for your Egypt eVisa application

If you want to apply for an Egypt eVisa and have questions, you can get in touch with our customer support team. Contact them any time via WhatsApp or through the iVisa chat.

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