Visa & Passport Information
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.
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.
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.
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
International (2 terminals)
El-Sheikh, South Sinai
- Port Said,
Gulf of Suez
Gulf of Aqaba
El-Sheikh, Red Sea
northwestern border (to and from Libya)
northeastern border (to and from Gaza strip, the Occupied Territories
eastern border (to and from Israel)
from Visa Fees
visa fees do not apply to the following:
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
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:
of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United
Holders of diplomatic passports of Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy,
Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, the Slovak Republic and Turkey.
Residence in Egypt for Foreign Nationals
Egypt grants legitimate foreign nationals the right for temporary residence
in the country. There are two main cases of resident permits in Egypt:
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 children.
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:
husbands of Egyptians.
children entitled to special or ordinary residence in like manner to
their deceased father.
children whose father is entitled to special, ordinary or 3-year residence
provided a source of income is available to them.
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.
employed by the government, public institutions, public sector companies
and public business sector.
employed by the Department for the Governor General of Gaza and those
in possession of travel documents issued solely by Egyptian authorities
who have been resident in Egypt for a period of 10 years.
who receive a monthly pension from the National Authority for Insurance
residents of homes for the elderly and disabled.
registered at the UN Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
of those non-nationals entitled to special or ordinary residence.
spouses who forfeited their nationality of origin following marriage to
non-nationals and the acquisition of the latter's citizenship.
and children of those non-nationals exempt from residence permits and
who, for any reason, waived their entitlement to special or ordinary residence.
non-nationals employed by the Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archeological
Research in Egypt.
who, according to international treaties, are entitled to obtain 3-year
granted approval on 3-year residence from the Ministry of Interior.
and children of those non-nationals entitled to 3-year residence under
any of the previous cases.
are entitled to obtain temporary 5-year residence (renewable) in Egypt
if they belong to any of the following categories:
and their minor children who forfeited their nationality of origin due
to their admission to a foreign citizenship.
a. Of Egyptian
b. Whose father was granted Egyptian citizenship.
Adult children whose mother is entitled to special, ordinary or 5-year
residence in case of the death of the father.
of age 60 or more who have been resident in Egypt for 10 years provided
that a source of income is available to them.
who, according to international treaties, are entitled to obtain 5-year
and widows of Egyptians.
of those non-nationals entitled to ordinary residence.
and children of those non-nationals entitled to 5-year residence under
any of the previous cases.
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.