EGYPT visas take 3-4 working days to issue in the embassy & is valid for 6 months from the date of issue . We recommend you send us your documents by Royal Mail Special Delivery. Please ensure you send us the following documentation as failure to do so will result in a delay in issuing your visa.
1 completed visa application forms
2 passport photograph(s)
1 completed visa application forms
2 passport photograph(s)
Letters of invitation from organisations in both Egypt & UK
|Visa type||Visa fee||Service charge||Total to pay|
|Tourist single entry Egypt visa||£15.00||£40.00||£55.00|
|Business multiple entry Egypt visa||£96.00||£40.00||£136.00|
|Tourist multiple entry Egypt visa||£18.00||£40.00||£58.00|
|Business single entry Egypt visa||£51.00||£40.00||£91.00|
EGYPT VISAS: The following nationals DO NOT require a visa for Egypt: Egypt
For tourist stays of up to 3 months to nationals of: Bahrain, Guinea, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jordan (with passport validity of 5 years), Kuwait, Korea (Rep of), Libya, Macao, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & Yemen Republic
For nationals of UK, Ireland and EC countries no visa is needed for a stay of 14 days or less to visit the Gulf of Aqaba resorts (Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba Taba Heights and Dahab). If visitors wish to travel outside these villages, even for a trip to the desert, or to others parts in Sinai (including Ras Mohamed National Park, Mount Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery) and to the rest of Egypt, a full entry visa is required. If tourists are not sure of their itinerary in Egypt, it is advisable to obtain a full entry visa upon arrival to avoid any travel restrictions and the consequent inconvenience.
Nationals of the following countries require approval from Authorities in Cairo prior to issuing a visa for Egypt: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Niger, Phillippines, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan & Thailand
EGYPT TRANSIT VISAS: Transit visas are required by all except those as noted above and those continuing their journey to a third country within 12 hours without leaving the airport, provided holding confirmed tickets
Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Philippines & holders of Palestinian documents may transit Cairo Airport, provided not leaving the airport transit lounge & continuing by the same or first connecting aircraft
Holders of South African passports must obtain a stamp in their passport from the Egyptian consulate prior to travel to allow them to transit
EGYPT HEALTH: Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. All infants under 1 year are exempt. Air passengers in transit coming from countries or areas without a certificate will be detained in the precincts of the airport until they resume their journey.
Recommended immunisations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Polio, TB, Tetanus & Typhoid.
Risks: Malaria- very limited risk exists from Jun-Oct in El Faiyum area (no reported cases since 1998). Rabies.
EGYPT WEATHER: Apart from along the Mediterranean coast Egypt's climate is nearly entirely desert. The winter period (Nov-Mar) on the Mediterranean coast can be variable although it is usually sunny. Summers are hot but temperatures are tempered by strong sea breezes. In the south summer temperatures can be intense, however, the low humidity makes the heat more bearable and winters are dry and sunny.
Location of Egypt: North Africa
Local Time in Egypt: GMT+3
Capital City of Egypt: Cairo
Population of Egypt: 83 million
Language(s) spoken in Egypt: Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Dialling Code for Egypt: 20
Emergency numbers in Egypt: Police: 122 (Cairo), 22147 (Aswan), 960151-122 (Alexandria), 23929 (Suez). Fire: 125 (Cairo). Ambulance: 123 (Cairo)
Driving in Egypt: Driving is on the left. International Driving Permit required
Electricity in Egypt: 220V AC 50Hz
Currency of Egypt: Egyptian Pound (EGP 1 = 100 Piastres)
Notes: EGP: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
Coins: Piastres: 5, 10, 20, 25, 100
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted. Exchange of foreign currencies is allowed at banks and exchange offices
Opening Hours in Egypt
Bank: 0830-1400 Sun-Thur
Office: 0900-1500 Sat-Thur
Shops: 0900-1900 Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat, 0900-2000 Mon & Thur (winter), 0900-1230 & 1600-2000 (except Mon & Thur)(summer)
Hints for Egypt: Women should dress conventionally. A headscarf may be useful if visiting a religious or more traditional area. Business is conducted in Arabic although many executives speak English or French. Business cards to have Arabic translation on reverse side. Islamic conventions apply. At meetings it is polite to drink coffee or tea, when offered. Smoking is becoming unacceptable in government and some private offices. Alcohol is available in most major hotels, cafe-style bars and international restaurants. On social occasions dress as for business meetings unless otherwise indicated
Tipping in Egypt: Service charges are normally added to restaurant & hotel bills, however additional tips around 5% are customary. Tips for taxis are around 10%
Hotel Classification in Egypt: Hotels and holiday villages throughout Egypt are officially graded from 1 to 5 star but the standard is significantly lower than that of equivalent European star ratings. 1- and 2-star properties are unlikely to be used by British tour operators and are best suited to people prepared to "rough it".
Import Allowances for Egypt:
200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200gr of tobacco
1 lit of alcoholic beverage
1 lit of perfume or eau de cologne
non-commercial articles up to the value of EGP 100
Prohibited/Restricted in Egypt: Firearms, narcotics, drugs, cotton, any kind of bird - live, frozen or stuffed
Airports in Egypt:
Alexandria El Nouzha (ALY)
Cairo International (CAI)
Hurghada International (HRG)
Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF)
Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)