What is e-Visa to Egypt
Egypt e-Visa is an online visa introduced by the Egyptian government in 2017 with the aim to facilitate entry to the country for travelers from a number of countries.
The introduction of the e-Visa system eliminated the need to visit the Egyptian embassy to apply for a visa. Instead, eligible applicants can handle the entire procedure of getting a visa for tourism and business purposes online in a few simple clicks.
The process is very intuitive and can be completed within a few minutes from the comfort of the applicant’s home. One just needs to fill out a short online form, pay the fee, and receive the e-Visa delivered straight to the email inbox.
Types of Egypt e-Visa
Egypt e-Visa comes in two different types, which differ in terms of the permitted number of entries and duration of stay. Applicants can choose between:
- a single-entry Egypt e-Visa: this visa remains valid for 90 days from the issue date and enables only one entry to the country, which cannot exceed 30 days;
- a multiple-entry Egypt e-Visa: this visa is issued with a 6-month validity counted from the issue date; its holder is allowed numerous entries to Egypt at any time as long as a visa remains valid and the stay in Egypt for up to 30 days.
Please note that both types of visas serve the purposes of tourism and business. Make sure that your passport will remain valid for the min. of 6 months from your planned date of arrival in Egypt!
e-Visa to Egypt requirements
There are certain requirements that must be met in order to successfully submit an Egypt e-Visa application. All applicants must upload the following documents:
- a digital copy of the passport’s bio-data page (passport cannot expire for the min. of 6 months from the planned arrival in Egypt);
- face photo (it can be taken with a PC or phone camera).
Additionally, certain travelers will need to upload the following:
- invitation letter issued by the Egyptian company (the one that the applicant plans to work with)*
- invitation letter written by the member of a family the traveler wishes to visit in Egypt **
* Applicable only to business travelers.
** Applicable only to family visitors.
e-Visa Egypt application form
After making sure that your nationality is eligible for Egypt e-Visa, you may start with your online application, which involves the following steps:
- Fill out the online form: enter the required personal, travel, passport, and contact details. Double-check the provided data for correctness and after making sure your form is free of errors move on to the next step.
- Cover the processing fee: use one of the available methods of secure online payment and pay either 69 or 99 Euro (the fee differs depending on the selected e-Visa type).
- Refresh your email inbox: after covering the processing fee, go to your email address and check for the confirmation message. The approved e-Visa will be delivered to your email within maximally 7 business days.
Please bear in mind that submitting the error-free application will help you to avoid the need to make some corrections, which could extend your waiting time! Check thoroughly all of the details entered before you submit your e-Visa application.
e-Visa Egypt validity
Egypt offers two different electronic visas, which can serve either one or numerous entries to the country. Both visas allow a traveler to stay in Egypt for up to 30 days. Their validity period differs though – a single-entry e-Visa remains effective for 3 months starting from the issue date, while a multiple-entry e-Visa stays valid for 6 months from the date it is approved.
Important: The Egyptian online visa is directly matched with the individual’s passport. Should the passport details change (e.g., the passport expires, is stolen/lost, updated, etc.), your valid e-Visa will automatically expire and you will need to submit a new application before arriving in Egypt.
Who needs an e-Visa to Egypt
Every person wishing to visit Egypt, no matter their age, who comes from a non-visa-exempt country must obtain a visa prior to travel. Consult the ‘List of eligible countries’ below to see whether your country is eligible for Egypt e-Visa. If yes, submit your application at least 7 days before the planned trip.
List of eligible countries
Below, you will find the complete list of countries qualifying for the Egypt e-Visa application:
- Czech Republic
- Korea, South
- Macedonia (North)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Vatican City (Holy See)
All travelers who are eligible for Egypt e-Visa should obtain it even if they only plan to transit through Egypt on their way to another travel destination.
They should also make sure that their passport will remain valid for at least 6 months from the intended entry date to Egypt.
The application should be made at least 7 days before the trip to obtain the permit on time!
When will I receive an e-Visa to Egypt?
Once the Egyptian Government approves your e-Visa, an email containing the official entry permit in a PDF file will arrive in your email inbox. Usually, it is a matter of several hours. Nevertheless, the standard processing time may take up to 7 business days. Make sure to download your approved e-Visa and print it out!
Do I need to print an Egypt e-Visa?
Yes, you should print your approved Egypt e-Visa and take its copy for your trip to Egypt. The border officials may ask you to show the visa confirmation so be ready to present it when asked.
What if my e-Visa to Egypt is not approved?
If your Egypt e-Visa was rejected, probably you’ve made some mistakes in your online application form. Don’t hesitate to contact us via email, contact form, or give us call. Our consultants will check the reason for your application rejection and do their best to find a solution.
How long can I stay in Egypt with an e-Visa?
No matter if you applied for a single-entry or multiple-entry e-Visa, you may stay in Egypt for up to 30 days in a row. Please do remember to use your e-Visa within its validity period.
What is the validity of the Egypt e-Visa?
The validity period of an Egypt e-Visa depends on the selected visa type and can be either 3 months (single-entry visa) or 6 months (multiple-entry visa). The validity starts from the date of visa approval.
Do children need an e-Visa for Egypt?
Yes. e-Visa is mandatory for all travelers regardless of their age. Applications on behalf of an underage traveler should be made by a parent or legal guardian.
What must I have to apply for an e-Visa Egypt?
Applying for an e-Visa for Egypt entails the need to provide a few documents. All applicants must upload their passport’s bio-data page copy and face photo. Moreover, a business traveler must also provide an invitation letter issued by the Egyptian company, while a family visitor needs to submit an invitation written by a family member from Egypt.
What is the processing time for an e-Visa Egypt?
gypt e-Visa may take up to 7 days to be processed. That is why all applicants should remember to apply for their visas at least 7 business days prior to the date of planned travel to receive the necessary permit on time. Providing the correct data in the online form may speed up the waiting time so make sure your visa application doesn’t contain any mistakes.