Tourists with a negative coronavirus test result or a vaccination certificate are welcome again in Egypt. Are you going on holiday to Egypt? Read carefully on this page what coronavirus prevention rules you should take into account. Updated: 10 September 2021.
On holiday to Egypt: if you are fully vaccinated
Have you been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus for more than 14 days? Then you may travel to Egypt for a holiday or to visit friends or family. You do not have to undergo a coronavirus test before departure. However, it is advisable to do a voluntary self-test. On arrival in Egypt, you must show that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For that, you need a paper vaccination certificate with a QR-code.
On holiday to Egypt: if you are not (fully) vaccinated
Even if you are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, you can still go on holiday to Egypt. Travellers aged six and over who have not been fully vaccinated must show a negative result from a PCR coronavirus test on arrival.
There are some requirements for the PCR test result. The test must not have been taken more than 72 hours before arrival in Egypt. If you are travelling from North America, South America, London, Paris or Frankfurt, the test must not have been carried out more than 96 hours ago. The result must be readable in English or Arabic. The test must have been carried out by an accredited laboratory and stamped with a QR code, and mention the date and time of collection. If the result has manual erasures or additions, it will not be accepted.
At some airports, it is also permitted to arrive without a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result. However, you will have to have a PCR test done at the airport on arrival. You should take into account that there may be long queues. You will also have to go into quarantine until the results are known, which can take up to 24 hours. It is therefore advisable to have the corovirus test done before you leave. The possibility of testing after arrival in Egypt exists only at the airports of South Sinai, Red Sea and Matrouh (arrival at the airports of Sharm-el-Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, Marsa Alam or Marsa Matrouh).
After a short ban on entry due to the coronavirus, tourists are again welcome in Egypt
What else should tourists in Egypt bear in mind?
Declaration on arrival in Egypt
Upon arrival at the airport in Egypt, you must fill in a health declaration. With this, you declare not to have any symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19). You must also indicate that you are insured against any medical expenses during your stay in Egypt. Check before you leave whether your health insurance covers the (potentially high) costs of hospitalisation in Egypt.
British governmentʼs travel advice
Egyptʼs government allows tourists back in and even stimulates the tourism sector, because it is of great economic importance to the country. This does not mean that Egypt has a positive travel advice. The British government currently considers Egypt a high-risk country for coronavirus. This means that travelling to Egypt is strongly discouraged by the government. The North Sinai, the border area with Libya, Bir Tawil and the Halaʼib triangle in particular are considered risk areas. Do you want to stay informed about the travel advice? Then you can sign up here for an e-mail update as soon as the travel advice for Egypt changes.
Coronavirus rules can change
Before you book your holiday and apply for your visa, it is wise to check with your tour operator, travel agent or airline what the consequences are for you if the situation regarding COVID-19 changes. The Egyptian government may make unannounced changes to its coronavirus policy. Your travel company may also take additional measures to prevent coronavirus/COVID-19 in the future. Please note that a visa application for Egypt cannot be cancelled once it has been processed. No exceptions are made for travellers who cannot or do not want to travel to Egypt due to (future) coronavirus measures. Will your trip go ahead, but at a later date? Check whether the new travel date falls within the validity period of your visa. The validity period of your Egypt visa cannot be changed once your application has been processed.
If you are flying to Sharm-el-Sheikh
Egyptʼs tourism sector suffered greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to promote tourism in Egypt, the Egyptian government has decided to suspend the visa requirement for travellers arriving via Sharm-el-Sheikh airport and staying in Egypt for less than 15 days. During a visa-free stay, you are only allowed to stay in a resort in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba. You are also not allowed to leave the region of Sharm-el-Sheikh. Do you want to visit a region other than Sharm el-Sheikh, stay longer than 14 days in the country, or stay overnight in a place other than the aforementioned resorts? Then you must apply for an Egypt visa.
Other coronavirus rules in Egypt
In Egypt, you must wear a face mask in closed public places, such as shops, public transport and taxis. Shops and restaurants sometimes have reduced opening hours because of coronavirus (COVID-19), but in tourist areas this is usually not a problem. Public transport is limited or unavailable after midnight in many places. For travel within Egyptʼs borders, a negative result of a recent coronavirus test may be asked for at certain locations.
Apply for your Egypt visa
Be prepared and check this page just before you travel to make sure that you are in compliance with the current rules regarding coronavirus in Egypt during your trip. Apply for your visa in time and check whether you meet Egyptʼs non-coronavirus-related visa requirements.
Disclaimer: due to major uncertainties regarding the development of the coronavirus in Egypt and worldwide, as well as the rapid changes in the policy of the Egyptian government, it cannot be guaranteed that all the information on this page is up to date and entirely correct. Regularly check this page to stay informed on the developments, but also check with your travel organisation and consult the websites of the governments of your home country and Egypt before planning a trip or applying for a visa.