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Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt
are required to be in possession of a valid passport. Entry visas
may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions Abroad
or from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration
and Nationality Administration (TDINA). It is, however, possible
for most tourists and visitors to obtain an entry visa at any of
the Major Ports of Entry. Please check with your nearest Egyptian
Consular mission for more details concerning visa regulations applying
to your citizenship.
Visitors entering Egypt at the overland
border post to Taba to visit Gulf of Aqaba coast and St. Catherine
can be exempted from visa and granted a free residence permit for
fourteen days to visit the area.
Citizens of the following countries
are required to be in possession of a pre-arrival visa: Afghanistan,
Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya,
Croatia,Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan,
Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldavia, Montenegro,
Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines,Russia, Serbia, Slovenia,
Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan and all African countries.
Those in possession of a residence
permit in Egypt are not required to obtain an entry visa if they
leave the country and return to it within the validity of their
residence permit or within six months, whichever period is less.
There are three types of
- Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not
exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple
- Entry Visa: is required for any foreigner arriving
in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc.
The possession of a valid Entry Visa is needed to complete the
residence procedure in Egypt.
- Transit Visa
Major Ports of Entry to Egypt
- Cairo International (2 terminals)
- Alexandria Nozha
- Luxor, Upper Egypt
- Aswan, Upper Egypt
- Hurghaga, Red Sea
- Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai
2. Marine Harbors:
- Alexandria, Mediterranean
- Port Said, Mediterranean
- Damietta, Mediterranean
- Suez, Gulf of Suez
- Nuweiba, Gulf of Aqaba
- Hurghada, Red Sea
- Safaga, Red Sea
- Sharm El-Sheikh, Red Sea
Overland Entry Posts:
- Salloum, northwestern border (to and from Libya)
- Rafah, northeastern border (to and from Gaza
strip, the Occupied Territories and Israel)
- Taba, eastern border (to and from Israel)
Some examples of Egyptian tourist visa fees at a variety of consular
||Tourist Visa Fees
|Cyprus (Cypriot nationals)
|Cyprus (other nationals)
|Denmark (Danish nationals)
|Denmark (other nationals)
|Finland (Finnish nationals)
|Finland (other nationals)
|Germany (German nationals)
|Germany (other nationals)
|Norway (Norwegian nationals)
|Norway (other nationals)
|Russia (Russian nationals)
|Russia (other nationals)
|United States (US nationals)
|United States (other nationals)
(All above figures are correct at the time of posting
but may be subject to change without prior notice)
Egyptian visa fees do not apply to the following:
- Holders of diplomatic passports.
- Officials of international organizations and
specialized agencies and state delegates to conferences.
- Arab League officials.
" Non-national spouses of Egyptian nationals.
- Non-national members of the clergy, prominent
scientists, journalists and members of official cultural, educational
and sports delegations.
- Non-national students studying in Egyptian institutions.
- Non-diplomatic personnel of diplomatic and consular
missions affected in Egypt.
- Parents, siblings and adult children of members
of the diplomatic and consular corps affected in Egypt.
- Nationals of Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Norway, Russia and the United States are partially exempt from
Egyptian visa fees and will, therefore, pay a reduced fee.
The following are exempt from visa requirement when visiting Egypt:
- Nationals of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya,
Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
- Holders of diplomatic passports of Argentina,
Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, the Slovak
Republic and Turkey.
Residence in Egypt for Foreign
Egypt grants legitimate foreign nationals the right for temporary
residence in the country. There are two main cases of resident permits
- Special Residence: is usually granted for a period
of 10 years, renewable. Special residence is granted to those
born in Egypt prior to 26/5/1952 or those having resided in the
country for the 20 years preceding 26/5/1952 and whose stay has
been uninterrupted; it is also granted to their wives and minor
- Ordinary Residence: is granted for a period of
either 3 or 5 years.
Non-nationals are entitled to obtain temporary 3-year residence
(renewable) in Egypt if they belong to any of the following categories:
1. Non-national husbands of Egyptians.
- Minor children entitled to special or ordinary
residence in like manner to their deceased father.
- Adult children whose father is entitled to special,
ordinary or 3-year residence provided a source of income is available
- Adult Palestinian male children of those employed
by the Department for the Governor General of Gaza, or of those
retired therefrom, who have completed their studies and are not
working in the country.
3. Those employed by the government, public institutions,
public sector companies and public business sector.
4. Palestinians employed by the Department for the Governor General
of Gaza and those retired from there.
5. Palestinians in possession of travel documents issued solely
by Egyptian authorities who have been resident in Egypt for a period
of 10 years.
6. Non-nationals who receive a monthly pension from the National
Authority for Insurance and Pensions.
7. Non-national residents of homes for the elderly and disabled.
8. Political refugees.
9. Refugees registered at the UN Higher Commission for Refugees
10. Spouses of those non-nationals entitled to special or ordinary
11. Egyptian spouses who forfeited their nationality of origin following
marriage to non-nationals and the acquisition of the latter's citizenship.
12. Spouses and children of those non-nationals exempt from residence
permits and restrictions.
13. Non-nationals who, for any reason, waived their entitlement
to special or ordinary residence.
14. Those non-nationals employed by the Swiss Institute for Architectural
and Archeological Research in Egypt.
15. Non-nationals who, according to international treaties, are
entitled to obtain 3-year residence.
16. Those granted approval on 3-year residence from the Ministry
17. Spouses and children of those non-nationals entitled to 3-year
residence under any of the previous cases.
Non-nationals are entitled to obtain temporary 5-year residence
(renewable) in Egypt if they belong to any of the following categories:
- Egyptians and their minor children who forfeited
their nationality of origin due to their admission to a foreign
a. Of Egyptian mother.
b. Whose father was granted Egyptian citizenship.
c. Adult children whose mother is entitled to special, ordinary
or 5-year residence in case of the death of the father.
- Those of age 60 or more who have been resident
in Egypt for 10 years provided that a source of income is available
- Non-nationals who, according to international
treaties, are entitled to obtain 5-year residence.
- Spouses and widows of Egyptians.
- Spouses of those non-nationals entitled to ordinary
- Spouses and children of those non-nationals entitled
to 5-year residence under any of the previous cases.
Foreigners arriving in Egypt on board of ships are granted a permission
to visit the port of arrival for 24 hours and catch their ship at
the same port. They can also be granted a permission to enter the
country for a visit not exceeding a period of 3 days before catching
their ship at the port of arrival or at any other port.
Air passengers transiting in Egyptian airports are
allowed entry for a quick trip not exceeding the period of 24 hours.
In the event of emergency landing, passengers are entitled to enter
Egypt for a period of:
- 24 hours in case of poor weather conditions.
- 48 hours in case of technical faults to the aircraft.