Tourists with a negative test result or a vaccination certificate can travel to Egypt. Are you going on holiday to Egypt? Please read this page carefully to find out what COVID-19 rules you still need to take into account. Updated on: 22-06-2022.
On holiday to Egypt if you are fully vaccinated
Did you receive your second coronavirus vaccination more than 14 days ago? Or did you receive the Janssen/Johnson vaccine more than 14 days ago? Then you may travel to Egypt for a holiday or to visit friends or family. You do not need to take a COVID-19 test before departure, but you must be able to show on arrival in Egypt that you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. For this, you need a vaccination certificate that contains a QR code.
On holiday to Egypt if you aren‘t (fully) vaccinated
You can still go on holiday to Egypt even if you have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Travellers aged 12 and over who have not been fully vaccinated must show a negative PCR or antigen test result on arrival.
The test needs to be taken within 72 hours before departure, both for PCR and antigen tests. It needs to be performed by a recognised laboratory and has to include a QR-code and the date and time it was taken. It is also important that the result is written either in English or Arabic.
After a brief ban on entry due to the coronavirus, tourists are welcome in Egypt again
Coronavirus measures in Egypt
Egypt has taken many measures to make travel to the country safe again. For example, people who work in the tourism sector or who for some other reason often come into contact with tourists, were vaccinated against the coronavirus as a priority. By now, all of these people have been fully vaccinated, according to Egyptian sources. The country has also introduced a hygiene certificate, with which hotels, restaurants and museums, among others, can show that they are taking measures against the spread of COVID-19. Regular inspections also take place to ensure that all tourist facilities actually follow these rules.
International tourists can safely travel to Egypt. To ensure this safety, travellers are asked to fill in a health declaration during the flight or upon arrival in Egypt. It is also compulsory to wear a face mask in indoor areas and public transport. Wearing a mask is also recommended in crowded outdoor areas. It is also recommended to keep a 3 feet distance from people outside your own group and to wash your hands regularly.
British government‘s travel advice
The government of Egypt is allowing tourists back in and even stimulating the tourism sector, in large part because it is of great economic importance to the country. This does not mean that Egypt has a positive travel advice. The British government considers the eastern resort areas safe to travel to, but advises against all but essential travel for large parts of central and western Egypt. For the North Sinai, the border area with Libya, Bir Tawil and the Hala‘ib triangle, the government advises against all travel. Would you like to stay informed about the travel advice? Then you can register here for an e-mail update as soon as the travel advice for Egypt changes.
Returning to the UK
If you travel back to the UK, you don’t need to take any COVID-19 tests. You also don’t need to complete a passenger locator form or quarantine after returning to the UK. These rules apply to all UK citizens, whether they are vaccinated or not.
Apply for your Egypt visa
Be prepared and check this page just before you travel to ensure that you are compliant with the current rules regarding COVID-19 in Egypt during your trip. Apply for your visa in advance and check whether you comply with Egyptʼs non-coronavirus-related visa requirements.
Disclaimer: due to the uncertainties regarding the development of COVID-19, it cannot be guaranteed that all the information on this page is always up-to-date and fully correct. Please check this page regularly to stay up-to-date, but also check with your travel agent and the websites of your home country‘s and Egypt‘s governments before travelling or applying for a visa.