Egypt Visa Requirements

British citizens generally need a visa to visit Egypt. The best way is to get a tourist visa online from Visa2Egypt before your stay, which is valid for three months maximum.

Tourist visas are also available upon arrival at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before immigration. We would strongly advise you not to go down this route, but to order one before travelling because it can be a very time consuming endeavour. If you do get one on arrival, they cost $25 payable in pounds sterling, US dollars or Euros. Visas granted on arrival are valid for a maximum of 30 days.

You do not need to buy a visa from an agent – many agents charge more than $25 USD. If you are harassed by an agent, report it to the tourist police in the airport terminal. You can also get a tourist visa ahead of your stay from an Egyptian Consulate outside of Egypt.

If you are travelling to Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts for up to 15 days, you do not need a visa and you’ll be given a free entry permission stamp on your arrival. If you plan to travel out of these areas or stay longer than 15 days, you must get a visa. If you enter Egypt without a visa while travelling to one of the South Sinai Red Sea resorts and then your plans change, you can usually buy a visa at Sharm el Sheikh airport to enable you to travel elsewhere.

Passport Validity for Egypt Travel

Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the arrival date to Egypt.

Other Important Formalities

Various prescribed and over the counter medicines available in the UK are not allowed into Egypt without prior permission from the country’s Ministry of Health. Without the required permission and documentation, the medication cannot be brought in and you risk being prosecuted under Egyptian law. For prescription medication, ensure you carry a medical certificate from your GP that confirms it has been prescribed for health reasons.

For further information, please contact the Egyptian Medical Office.

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