Visas and Passports
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.
Residents of the above countries may apply for a visa through their
nearest Egyptian Consulate or Embassy.
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 Egyptian visa:
Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted
on either single or multiple entry basis.
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.
Major Ports of Entry to Egypt
Cairo International (2 terminals)
Luxor, Upper Egypt
Aswan, Upper Egypt
Hurghaga, Red Sea
Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai
Port Said, 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
Taba, eastern border (to and from Israel)
Ranges between 18 till 25$ depending on Nationality.
Exemptions from Visa Fees
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.