To enter Egypt you do require a tourist visa, which is valid for three months. This can be obtained in one of two ways:
To apply for your visa, or to get one upon arrival, you must have a valid passport with more than six months left on it before it expires. Once purchased it is a simple matter of peeling off the backing paper and sticking the visa onto an empty page in your passport (please ensure this is done before passport control or you may be sent to the end of the queue).
PLEASE NOTE: If you are staying in a South Sinai resort for 14 days, or less, you may be exempt from requiring a visa, as long as you stay in that locale (no visits to Cairo or Luxor, for example). See full lists at the bottom of the page.
If you wish to stay for longer than three months, you can get your visa extended at the Visa Department of the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA), known locally as Mogamma. This massive building can easily be found on one side of Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo. Other major cities, in Egypt, also have offices which allow you to extend your visa:
To get your extended visa you will need:
Extended visas can be purchased for one month to one year, though you may be asked why you wish to extend your stay. Remember: you are NOT allowed to work in Egypt with only a tourist visa!
Citizens of the following countries CAN get their tourist visa upon arrival:
Citizens of the following countries CANNOT get their tourist visa upon arrival and so have to apply via the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in their own country:
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa prior to travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts, as long as they do not leave the locale. They are for a maximum of 14 days only:
Citizens of all countries may obtain a Sinai resort visa on arrival at Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, which is valid for 15 days, except for the citizens of:
PLEASE NOTE: It is advised that any further questions, surrounding visa availability and rules, are directed to the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in your own country.
The Major Ports of Entry to Egypt
Overland Border Posts: