Egypt recently unveiled the new eVisa system which will allow nationals of 46 countries (and counting) to apply for a travel authorization online, without having to visit the embassy.
Following countries are eligible for the Egypt eVisa;
- Czech Republic
- North Korea
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
- The Vatican
Nationals of countries not listed above will need to apply for the traditional visa to enter Egypt.
The eVisa application is available online and visitors can apply for a Single or Multiple-entry Visa, valid for a stay of 30 days from date of entry. Once processed, the eVisa confirmation is delivered to the traveler by email. Travelers are expected to carry a print out of the visa confirmation and present to Egyptian Boarder control upon arrival. The Egypt eVisa process is strictly for tourist purposes and valid for a total of 90 days from the date of issuance.
Details as listed on the eVisa application;
Single Entry Visa (Tourism) – $25
Multiple Entry Visa (Tourism) – $60
Entry requirements (on arrival):
– Passport valid for at least eight months
– e-Visa printout
– Travel itinerary
– Supporting letter e.g. letter from company or invitation letter for business/family visits.
– Hotel bookings/details about places to visit if going as tourist.
Take note that travel advisory and risk levels continue to remain critical for Egypt, with advice to avoid all non-essential travel – Canadian Travel Advisory for Egypt
Tourism in Egypt has taken a huge plunge since the downing of the Russian flight which killed 200+ passengers, and the subsequent suspension of flights (to Egypt resort towns) by Russia and EU countries. Egypt eVisa system is a great development for travellers that have Egypt on their mind. This should significantly improve the visa application experience and help navigate the snaking lineups at border control upon arrival. I sincerely hope this is part of a larger initiative to revive tourism in that region. #ThisIsEgypt on instagram and let your wanderlust take over.