Visa Tips and Requirements for US Citizens Traveling to Egypt

Do I need a visa to enter Egypt as a U.S. citizen?

Yes, in order to enter and remain in Egypt for tourism, you must obtain a tourist visa prior to your arrival.

What type of visa is required for my purpose of travel to Egypt?

The type of visa required for travel to Egypt depends on the purpose of your trip. Generally, travelers from most countries require a tourist visa, which is valid for up to three months. Business travelers may need a business visa, while those on diplomatic missions may need a diplomatic visa. For more information, contact the Egyptian embassy in your country.

How do I apply for a visa to Egypt, and what are the application requirements?

To apply for a visa to Egypt, you must first complete the visa application form online. You will also need to provide certain documents when applying for your visa. These documents include:

1. A valid passport with at least six months validity remaining from the date of entry into Egypt.

2. Two passport-sized photographs that meet the visa requirements.

3. A flight itinerary or travel tickets showing entry and exit from Egypt.

4. An invitation letter from your contact in Egypt if visiting for business or family.

5. Evidence of sufficient funds for your stay in Egypt. This could include a bank statement, credit card statement, and/or proof of employment.

6. A completed and signed Egyptian visa application form.

7. Payment of the applicable visa fee.

What is the processing time for obtaining a visa for Egypt?

The processing time for an Egypt visa application depends on the type of visa you are applying for. Generally, the processing time for a regular single entry tourist visa takes 3 to 5 working days. For a multiple-entry visa, the processing is usually between 7 to 10 days. Visit for more information and to start an application.

Is there a visa-on-arrival option for U.S. citizens in Egypt?

No, there is not a visa-on-arrival option for U.S. citizens in Egypt. All U.S. citizens must obtain a visa prior to traveling to Egypt. Visas can be obtained from the Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C., or from any Egyptian consulate in the United States.

What is the duration of stay allowed with the visa for Egypt?

The maximum stay that can be granted on a single visit with an Egypt visa is 30 days, unless otherwise specified.

Are there any specific entry restrictions or conditions I should be aware of for Egypt?

Yes. All visitors to Egypt must have a valid passport and visa. Visa requirements vary depending on the type of visit, and visitors must ensure they meet the necessary criteria. Visitors must also obey the laws of Egypt, which include not photographing military or government buildings and not participating in any political activities. They must also adhere to local dress codes, avoid drug use and respect local customs and traditions.

Can I extend my stay or renew my visa while in Egypt?

Yes, it is possible to extend your visa while you are in Egypt. You can apply for an extension at the Foreigner Affairs Department (FAD) in Cairo or at any of the branches of the Ministry of Interior across Egypt. The extension request must be submitted at least 7 days before the visa expiration date. You should note that visa extensions are not always guaranteed and are subject to decision by the Ministry of Interior.

Is there a multiple-entry visa option available for frequent travelers to Egypt?

Yes, there is a multiple-entry visa option available for frequent travelers to Egypt. This type of visa allows travelers to come and go from Egypt multiple times within six months from the date of issue. It is valid for 30 days per entry with a maximum stay of 90 days in total.

What are the fees associated with obtaining a visa for Egypt?

The fees associated with obtaining a visa for Egypt vary depending on the nationality of the applicant. Generally, the fees for a US citizen are $60 USD for a single-entry visa and $100 USD for a multiple-entry visa. Other nationalities may have different fees. Please check the website of the Embassy of Egypt in your country for specific information about visa fees.

Are there any specific health or vaccination requirements for obtaining a visa for Egypt?

Yes, travelers to Egypt must present proof of vaccination against a number of diseases, such as yellow fever and cholera, before they can receive a visa. Additionally, all travelers to Egypt must provide a valid medical certificate dated no more than three months prior to their arrival, stating that they are in good health and free from infectious diseases.

Can I apply for a visa online, or is an in-person visit to the consulate or embassy required for Egypt?

You cannot apply for an Egypt visa online. You must visit a consulate or embassy to apply for a visa in person.

Is there a specific validity period for the passport required to obtain a visa for Egypt?

The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the period of intended stay in Egypt.

What documents do I need to submit as part of the visa application process for Egypt?

The documents you will need to submit as part of the visa application process for Egypt include:

1. A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity and two blank pages for stamping
2. A passport-sized photograph taken within the past 6 months
3. A completed visa application form
4. Supporting documents such as a letter of invitation or travel itinerary
5. Proof of financial means
6. Evidence of a return ticket
7. Proof of accommodation in Egypt, such as a hotel booking or hostel reservation
8. Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination
9. Copies of your identification documents, such as your national identity card or driver’s license

Are there any special considerations or procedures for business or work visas for Egypt?

Yes, there are special considerations and procedures for business or work visas for Egypt. Applicants must provide an application form completed in English with a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, a letter from the Egyptian company or organization that is inviting the applicant, and a copy of the applicant’s degree or certificate of qualification. Additionally, applicants may need to provide proof of financial means to cover their expenses while in Egypt, including a bank statement or letter of financial guarantee from a sponsor. Applicants may also be required to provide proof of criminal background checks and medical reports.

How can I track the status of my visa application for Egypt?

To track your visa application status for Egypt, you will need to contact the Egyptian Embassy in your country of residence. They will be able to provide you with information on the progress of your application. You can also contact the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information.

What should I do if my visa application for Egypt is denied?

If your visa application for Egypt is denied, you should contact the nearest Egyptian Embassy or Consulate to find out the reasons for the denial and any possible appeals process. Depending on the situation, you may be able to reapply for a visa or take some other steps to try to get the decision reversed. Additionally, it is a good idea to consult an immigration lawyer or other legal professional who may be able to assist you in resolving the matter.

Are there any additional requirements for travelers with dual citizenship when applying for a visa for Egypt?

Yes, travelers with dual citizenship must present both passports when applying for a visa for Egypt. In addition, travelers must present documents which prove their identity, such as a valid driver’s license or a national identification card.

Can I apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport in Egypt, or is advance application mandatory?

Advance visa application is mandatory for most countries. However, citizens of some Arab and African countries, such as Sudan and Yemen, may be eligible to apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport in Egypt. You should check with the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate in your country to determine if you are eligible for a visa upon arrival.

Is there a specific time frame within which I should apply for a visa before my planned travel dates to Egypt?

Egypt generally recommends that travelers apply for a visa at least 15 days before traveling.