The rules and documents for the entry of tourists to Egypt in 2021 have changed and now differ from the requirements for travel to this country in previous years.
There is a new document required for visiting Egypt – a certificate of testing for Covid-19. There is also a positive innovation – tourists from some countries have the opportunity to get a free visa, designed to stimulate the influx of tourists.
At the moment, you can apply for a visa to Egypt in two ways – at the airport after arrival or online using Natvisa. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to do for this.
Make sure there are two sections on the Visa
When preparing documents for a foreign trip, it is important to know the requirements for a passport from the country you plan to visit. This will avoid the unnecessary hassle associated with an urgent reissue or refusal to issue the coveted stamp.
We recommend that you make sure that your passport has at least 2 free pages for Egyptian visa stamps. Besides, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of the end of the trip.
Note. When planning a trip to Egypt with a child who is registered in your passport, you need to have 4 free passport pages (for pasting your own visa stamp and your child). In case of their absence, the passport must be submitted for re-registration.
Egypt Tourist Visa
To date, to obtain a visa to Egypt, in addition to a passport, you need a standard set of documents:
– Return tickets or tickets to a third country to continue your trip;
– Confirmation of the hotel reservation, or a tourist voucher for a trip on a tour ticket.
In 2021, any tourist wishing to visit Egypt must do a PCR test for coronavirus infection 72 hours before leaving his country. After receiving a negative test result, provide it at the departure airport in English.
If you have received the certificate in the online form, make sure that it is marked with a special QR code. If the certificate is on paper, it must contain the original blue seal of the laboratory (clinic) and the signature of the doctor, QR code, or barcode.
It is also necessary to have a printed version of the test result with the signature and the original seal of the laboratory (clinic), and it is desirable to have copies (they may be asked to give them on the plane).
In the PCR test for coronavirus, your full surname and first name must be indicated. Be sure to check whether the date and time of collection of biological material are correctly indicated in the certificate.
No Covid-19 test needed for:
- Children under 6 years of age;
- Transit passengers (provided that they do not leave the transit area).
Tests on arrival in Egypt can be passed at 4 airports:
- Sharm el-Sheikh;
- Marsa Alam;
You can’t take the test at Cairo airport today!
Do tourists arriving in Egypt need medical insurance? Yes, they do. In Egypt, there is now a mandatory requirement for all guests of the country – the presence of valid insurance covering medical expenses in case of infection with COVID-19. This insurance policy must be presented at the airport.
Egypt Visa on Arrival
Tourists can also arrive in Egypt without a pre-issued visa. The visa stamp is placed on arrival at the airport.
The validity of the visa issued on arrival is 30 days from the date of entry. The cost of a visa is often changed by the authorities of the country, so you need to regularly monitor the conditions of entry to Egypt.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities of Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, and other resort cities in Egypt canceled the visa fee for tourists from most countries.
Upon arrival at the airports in Egypt, you will need to provide:
- A valid passport. The validity period of the passport must be at least 6 months from the date of the end of the planned trip.
- an immigration card that is filled out at the airport (in English).
- travel voucher (if you are flying on a package tour) or hotel reservation.
- test result for coronavirus infection.
- insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
When traveling to Egypt with a minor child, you must have a child’s or adult’s passport with a photo of the child and information about it (possible for children under 14 years old).
In some cases, you may be required to show the original birth certificate of the child and notarized permission from the parents for the minor to leave your country (when the child is traveling with or without one parent).
If necessary, the visa can be extended once for the same period. This is free of charge and is done in the special units of the Egyptian migration Service.
Before departure from Egypt, you must fill out the form of the arriving tourist. This document contains personal data and symptoms (cough, fever, etc.). It must be filled out before boarding the plane to be presented on arrival at the control point.
COVID-19 rules and restrictions in Egypt:
- Today, public transport in Egypt operates only with a condition of 50% passenger load, with the observance of safety measures (masks and antiseptic gels) and social distance. Tour buses also operate at 50% of their normal capacity.
- Hotels are open and ready to receive their guests, but also with only a 50% load.
In each hotel and hotel, measures should be taken to prevent coronavirus infection, for this, they should have protective equipment and a medical office with a doctor on duty, and devices for measuring human body temperature are installed at the entrances. Baggage at the entrance and exit from hotels and hotels must be disinfected.
- Shopping centers and shops are open from 7: 00 to 22: 00. On weekends from 7: 00 to 23: 00. Entertainment venues, bars, and nightclubs are only open until two in the morning. Airports, cafes and shops are open 24 hours.
- Prices for visiting the country’s attractions have been reduced by half so far, which is a pleasant moment for tourists.
Otherwise, tourists can safely travel around the country without any restrictions.