Egypt Allows 28 More Countries to Obtain Tourist e-Visa
Egypt has extended the list of countries eligible for an electronic visa. This step aims to attract more visitors to the country by facilitating the entire process of obtaining an entry permit.
The Egyptian government introduced an electronic visa system in 2017. Until recently, e-Visa to Egypt was available to nationals of 46 countries. Now, 28 new countries were added to the list.
Thanks to the online visa application process, eligible foreign travelers coming to Egypt can save plenty of time and energy. Egyptian authorities hope that it will boost the tourism industry that has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the 28 new countries that can apply for an e-Visa to Egypt?
New eligible countries include:
- Hong Kong
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Covid-19 restrictions in Egypt
A negative PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before departure. However, those flying from North America, South America, London, Japan, China, Thailand, Paris, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Bolivia, Cameroon, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Rome, Republic of Korea, Paraguay, New Zealand, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Suriname, the USA, Peru, and Frankfurt need to take a PCR test 96 hours prior to departure.
The negative test certificate must be issued in English or Arabic.
Travelers who haven?t taken a test before arrival and enter the Egyptian governorates of Red Sea, South Sinai, or Marsa Matrouh can take a test upon arrival. They are obliged to isolate themselves until they get the results. Those who tested COVID-19 positively are subject to a 14-day quarantine in their booked accommodation.
COVID-19 vaccinated passengers need to show a vaccination certificate proving taking the full vaccination series at least 2 weeks before their travel. Holders of vaccination certificates are exempt from COVID-19 testing.
Vaccine manufacturers accepted by the Egyptian government:
- Sputnik V
Health Declaration Form
An obligatory Health Declaration Form was introduced by the Egyptian authorities due to the pandemic situation to control the spread of the virus among travelers who enter Egypt. The form needs to be filled out before arrival in Egypt, while a signed physical copy will be required to be submitted during the control when entering the country. Health Declaration Form is a mandatory document for all travelers, without any single exception.
Please note that the Health Declaration Form doesn?t replace a visa to Egypt!
One more requirement for every traveler to Egypt is to have valid health insurance covering the entire trip and stay in Egypt.
Benefits of electronic visas
Before the electronic visa system was introduced by the Egyptian authorities, tourists or business travelers spentlong hours in never-ending queues to get a visa upon arrival in Egypt. Fortunately, for quite some time, travelers don?t need to waste their precious time. Now, 28 new countries can enjoy straightforward and effortless online applications that can be completed within minutes from the comfort of their homes. All thanks to the e-visa to Egypt!
Foreign travelers can visit Egypt without worrying about their entry to the country. What is more, those who regularly travel to Egypt for business purposes can obtain a multiple-entry visa that allows them to re-enter Egypt numerous times.
Thanks to technological development, most of the formalities that in the past used to be handled in person now can be dealt with in the electronic world. Looking at our current lifestyle, we can see that everyone is busy and is chasing something. There's no need then for the traditional way of getting things done if we're given an opportunity to do it online!