Egypt travel rules & regulations
We have listed here rules and regulations you need to know when
you plan to visit Egypt. Some involve papers and documents required to
have when you visit Egypt.
Required documents to visit
Non-Egyptian visitors are required to have a valid passport and
entry visas. You may obtain visa from any Egyptian embassy or
consular missions abroad or from the entry visa department at the
Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA).
It is however possible for most tourists to obtain an entry visa at
any of the major ports of Entry. You can check at the nearest
Egyptian consulate for specific details and regulations relevant to
Citizens of the following countries are required to be in
possession of a pre-arrival visa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Croatia,
Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan,
Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldavia, Morocco,
Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro,
Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan and all African countries.
Those in possession of a residence permit in Egypt are not
required to obtain an entry visa if they leave the country and
return to it within the validity of their residence permit or within
six months, whichever period is less.
Visitors entering Egypt at the overland border post to Taba to
visit Gulf of Aqaba coast and St. Catherine can be exempted from
visa and granted a free residence permit for fourteen days to visit
There are three types of Egyptian visa:
- Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not exceeding
three months and granted on either single or multiple entry
- Entry Visa: is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt
for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc. The
possession of a valid Entry Visa is needed to complete the
residence procedure in Egypt.
- Transit Visa.
Fees of visa are waived in the following cases:
- Holders of diplomatic passports.
- Officials of international organizations and specialized
agencies and state delegates to conferences.
- Arab League officials.
- Non-national spouses of Egyptian nationals.
- Non-national members of the clergy, prominent scientists,
journalists and members of official cultural, educational and
- Non-national students studying in Egyptian institutions.
- Non-diplomatic personnel of diplomatic and consular missions
affected in Egypt.
- Parents, siblings and adult children of members of the
diplomatic and consular corps affected in Egypt.
- Nationals of Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway,
Russia and the United States are partially exempt from Egyptian
visa fees and will, therefore, pay a reduced fee.
Contact details of some Egyptian embassies worldwide:
Egyptian embassy in Washington DC, USA
3521 International Ct. Nw Washington DC 20008
Egyptian embassy in London, UK
26 South Street
London, W1K 1DW
Tel: +44 020 7499 3304/2401
Fax: +44 020 7491 1542
2 Lowndes Street, London SW1X 9ET
Tel: +44 020 7235 9719
Fax: +44 020 7235 5684
Egypt Consulate General in France
56, Avenue D Iena 75116 Paris France
Tel: +33-1-53678830, 53678832
Egypt Embassy in France
58, Avenue Fach 75116 Paris France
Phone: +33-1-45007427, 45007710, 45019989
Egyptian embassy in Rome, Italy
Salaria 267, Roma, Italy
Phone local: +39 (06) 8440.1976
Fax: +39 (06) 8530.1175
Remember to check with your travel agency and the Egyptian
embassy in your country about documents required to visit Egypt to
avoid any problems regarding travel regulations.