Disclaimer: This Egypt visa information is current as of 1 May 2018. If you have had a different experience more recently, please let us know so we can update this post.
- Do I need a visa for Egypt?
- What are the options for getting an Egypt visa?
- Getting an Egypt visa from Taba border
Do I need a visa for Egypt?
First off, you’ll need to confirm whether or not you need a visa to enter Egypt. Note that for most people entering and staying on the east coast of Sinai (between Taba and Sharm El Sheikh), you will not need a visa at all. If you are planning on travelling beyond this area or if you’re flying into Cairo International Airport, most passport holders require a visa. We use VisaHQ to confirm if a visa is needed.
What are the options for getting an Egypt visa?
There are 3 options for getting an Egypt visa:
- Egypt visa on arrival
- Egypt e-visa
- Pre-arranged visa from an Egyptian embassy.
If you are entering Egypt through the Taba border crossing from Israel, the process is a little more complicated and we recommend you get a pre-arranged visa or an e-visa. If you have already crossed into Taba and are reading this, please see below.
1. Visa on arrival
The cheapest and most convenient option is to get an Egypt visa on arrival which can be obtained at Cairo International Airport or Sharm El Sheikh Airport at the bank kiosks before the immigration counters for $25 USD and are valid for visits up to 30 days. If you are entering the border at Taba, please read on below.
2. Egypt e-Visa
The e-Visa for Egypt was introduced at the end of 2017 and enables travellers to apply and secure a visa in advance.
Only passport holders from Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Hapan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Russa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, USA and Vatican City can apply.
The e-Visa allows a maximum stay of 30 days, is valid for 3 months and can be issued as either a single or multiple-entry visa (cost varies).
Applications should be made at least a week in advance and via the e-Visa website:
Cost of the e-visa:
The website states that the cost of a single entry visa is $25 USD and a multiple entry visa is $60 USD plus a service fee. You don’t find out the service fee until you’ve completed your application. In total, the costs are:
- $84 USD for a single entry visa
- $119 USD for a multiple entry e-visa.
3. Arrange a visa at an Egyptian embassy
Service fees will vary depending on the embassy and you should allow yourself at least a week to arrange this. Please contact the nearest Egyptian embassy for more information.
Coming from Jordan? If you’re taking the ferry, there is a counter nearby that can give you the $25 USD visa. We haven’t done this ourselves but a friend did this recently and paid a $10 USD service fee.
Getting an Egypt visa from Taba border
If you are planning on entering Egypt at the Taba border, the easiest option is to arrange a visa in advance in Israel or Jordan. If you’re already in Egypt, read on.
We really struggled to find up to date information getting an Egypt visa found a website that advised you could get a visa on arrival in Taba. This is WRONG – you cannot get an Egypt visa on arrival in Taba, you will only get the Sinai Peninsula stamp permitting you to travel between Taba and Sharm El Sheikh for a maximum of 15 days.
If you entered Egypt from Taba, you must get a letter from a tour company guaranteeing your stay in Egypt in order to obtain the $25 USD visa on arrival from Sharm El Sheikh Airport. It’s basically to make life difficult for Israelis travelling to Egypt beyond Sinai.
Getting a letter of guarantee without booking a tour
To get the letter of guarantee without booking a tour, we found a tour agent in Sharm El Sheikh who helped us get this for $30 USD per person. His name is Alex and you can contact him on WhatsApp on +20 100 441 7553. We spoke to a few people who seemed a bit dodgy but found Alex to be very helpful and honest so we highly recommend him.
Total cost: $30 USD for the letter + $25 USD for the visa + return trip to the airport.
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