Egypt has also been hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19). The country has implemented a number of emergency decrees to limit the safety risks. These decrees also impact tourists and business travellers that have made plans to travel to Egypt. This includes people who have already had a visa issued to them. In this article you can read what you need to take into account before planning a trip to Egypt (last update: 05-08-2020).
The coronavirus in Egypt: current state of affairs
On 4 August, there were 94,752 officially registered coronavirus infections and 4,912 casualties reported in Egypt. It is not entirely clear what the relation is between actual infections and registered infections, but what is clear is that not all infections are registered. Starting 1 July, the Egyptian government is allowing international flights, which means that Egypt is also issuing e-visas again. To travel to Egypt, the traveller must be healthy, and they also have to prove that they have insurance which covers any potential healthcare costs in Egypt. It is not yet clear if the European Union will actually allow flights from Egypt, but flying to Egypt via other countries is possible.
Can I currently apply for a visa for Egypt?
The travel ban has been lifted by the Egyptian government, though the British government still advises against travelling to the country. Once a visa application is processed, it cannot be cancelled or refunded, even if it is not or cannot be used.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) led to a travel ban in Egypt
I already have a visa, can I still use it to travel to Egypt (later this year)?
It is expected that issued visas for Egypt will remain valid, despite the coronavirus crisis. Visas that were issued before the travel ban can likely still be used if they are still valid. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the Egyptian government, so keep a close watch on this page to remain up to date on this.
Do you want to reschedule your trip to Egypt because of the coronavirus?
The e-visa for Egypt has a date of issuing and an expiry date. The period in between is the validity period of the visa. You do not need to arrive on the date of arrival you filled in on the application form for the visa. However, the date on which you arrive in Egypt as well as the date on which you leave the country must fall within the validity period as mentioned on the visa.
I am in Egypt, what should I look out for?
The British government advises against travelling to Egypt, and recommends leaving the country if you are currently there. As long as you are in Egypt, you are advised to keep the following coronavirus measures in mind:
- There is a curfew, you are required to stay indoors between 24:00 and 04:00. This curfew does not apply to the tourist areas near the Red Sea, Southern Sinai and Matrouh
- Masks are mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, offices, shopping centres, stores and public transportation including taxis.
- Catering establishments, stores and pharmacies have limited opening times
- Travelling options within Egypt are limited
- Due to the high risk of infection, observe "social distancing" guidelines and avoid places where many people gather, such as public transportation
- Additionally, follow the coronavirus guidelines as instructed by the authorities in your home country
When can I go on a holiday to Egypt again?
Starting 1 July, the Egyptian authorities have allowed travel to Egypt again. If this is possible from a practical viewpoint depends on the one hand on the advice of the British government, and on the other hand on the decisions made by your travel organisation. EgyptAir has announced that flights to London will take place starting the first week of July. Some European countries are permitting flights to Egypt again, others are not. The travel advice and other coronavirus guidelines issued by the British government are frequently revised, so keep a close eye on them.
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.