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In this article
Our visa specialists Katie outlines the various visa types available for Egypt, and assists you in identifying which one you’ll require based on your circumstances.
What We’ll Cover
What determines the type of visa you need?
As with every holiday, it is important to plan ahead and part of this is knowing what visa, if any, you need. Egypt can be particularly confusing as there are many different requirements depending on where you are staying, the passport you hold, how long you are staying and if you are travelling for business or pleasure. It is important to know if you can get a visa on arrival, if the e-visa is more suitable for you or if you would be required to send your application to the Egyptian Consulate. By not knowing the right visa for you, you may risk being turned away at the border and not being able to enjoy your holiday.
Which nationalities can travel to Egypt visa free?
If you are travelling to as a tourist to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts, you may not require a visa for stays up to 15 days. You have to be a holder of an eligible passport, which are listed below.
To be eligible for this visa free period, you cannot leave your resort. If you plan on exploring outside your resort, you would be required to obtain a visa.
Can I apply for a visa on arrival instead of before I leave?
If you hold one of the below passports and you are travelling for a holiday, you can obtain a visa on arrival. You can do this at any of the ports in Egypt and it allows you to stay in Egypt for up to 30 days. It costs 25 USD per person, and the Egyptian authorities do advise that you take the exact change in USD as their card machines and kiosks are sometimes broken, and this will save you some time and hassle at the airport.
Who can use the new e-visa scheme?
The following passport holders can apply for the Egyptian e-visa before they travel. This visa allows you to enter Egypt once and stay for up to 30 days.
This is a straightforward process, however simple mistakes in the application form could mean that the visa is denied. These mistakes could be a spelling mistake or information not matching the details in your passport. We can assist by double checking all of your documents and completing the application on your behalf. This minimises the risk of it being denied and means that you do not need to worry about the application.
Once the visa has been granted, all you need to do is print it off and take it with you to the arrival airport.
You can apply for this e-visa if you are travelling for tourist purposes. If you are travelling for business, it is highly recommended that you apply for the full visa through the Consulate. If you are travelling to attend conferences, seminars and courses, then you must apply for the full visa.
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Which nationalities need a full pre-travel tourist visa for Egypt?
If you hold one of the following passports, you need to obtain a visa before you travel to Egypt. Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the visa on arrival or the e-visa, even if you hold an UK residence permit. The Egyptian authorities will look at your passport, rather than your residence permit.
In order to obtain this visa, you must submit your application to the Egyptian General Consulate in London. This means that they will want to see your original passport, British residence permit and application form before they will grant the visa for Egypt.
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Nationalities requiring prior approval for a visa application
If you hold one of the following passports or an UK Travel Document, then you must seek approval from the authorities in Egypt before you can apply for the visa. In order to do this, you must submit your documents at the Egyptian Consulate in London, who will then send photocopies of your documents on to Egypt. Once approval has been granted, you will receive notification from the Consulate and be requested to send your documents to them so the visa can be applied in your passport.
This process can take up to 8 weeks, so it is important to send your documents to them well in advance so that the approval can be granted in time for your travel to Egypt.
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Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with this process and we recommend that you contact the Egyptian Consulate, who should be able to advise you further. Their contact details are:
There are a variety of visa types available for tourists travelling to Egypt. Some citizenships have several options available to them when it comes to choosing how to apply for their visa, but opting for a pre-travel visa is often the fastest way to get through customs when you arrive. Even if you have a pre-travel visa, it’s always a good idea to carry copies of your itinerary and accommodation confirmation documents in case you need to present them once you land!