To enter Egypt you do require a tourist visa, which is valid for three months. This can be obtained in one of two ways:
By applying to the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in your own country, or
At your Port of Entry into Egypt.
To apply for your visa, or to get one upon arrival, you must have a valid passport with more than six months left on it before it expires. Once purchased it is a simple matter of peeling off the backing paper and sticking the visa onto an empty page in your passport (please ensure this is done before passport control or you may be sent to the end of the queue).
PLEASE NOTE: If you are staying in a South Sinai resort for 14 days or less, you may be exempt from requiring a visa, as long as you stay in that locale (no visits to Cairo or Luxor, for example). See full lists at the bottom of the page.
If you wish to stay for longer than three months, you can get your visa extended at the Visa Department of the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA), known locally as Mogamma. This massive building can easily be found on one side of Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo. Other major cities, in Egypt, also have offices which allow you to extend your visa:
Alexandria: 28 Talaat Harb St. Intersection of El Falaky St., Raml Station, Alexandria
Aswan: Corniche El Nil St., El Corniche
Hurghada: Sharia an-Nasr, Ad-Dahar. Locally known as Gawazat
Luxor: Khalid Ibn Walid St. opposite the Steigenberger Hotel.
Sharm El Sheikh: The Amn Dawla office in Old Sharm El Sheikh, or El Tor passport office
To get your extended visa you will need:
2 passport photos
2 copies of the pages in your passport that have (1) your photo and (2) your stamped entry visa, on them.
Extended visas can be purchased for one month to one year, though you may be asked why you wish to extend your stay. Remember: you are NOT allowed to work in Egypt with only a tourist visa!
Citizens of the following countries CAN get their tourist visa upon arrival:
The USA, UK and EU member states, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, and Ukraine
Recently there has been a lot of talk about citizens of China and India being allowed to get their visas upon arrival, but there seems to be a definitive answer as of yet. Therefore it is advised that any visitors from these countries check with the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in their own country, before traveling.
Citizens of the following countries CANNOT get their tourist visa upon arrival and so have to apply via the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in their own country:
Iran, Tunisia, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan (non-residents in the UK), Djibouti, Mauritania, Comoros, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Niger, Chad, Israel, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Moldova, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa prior to traveling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts, as long as they do not leave the locale. They are for a maximum of 14 days only:
All European Union countries
Israel (but ONLY through the Taba Border Crossing.
Citizens of all countries may obtain a Sinai resort visa on arrival at Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, which is valid for 15 days, except for the citizens of:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, R Congo, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, DPR Korea, R Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey (except those aged below 20 and above 45), Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
PLEASE NOTE: It is advised that any further questions, surrounding visa availability and rules, are directed to the Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy, or Consulate, in your own country.
The Major Ports of Entry to Egypt
Alexandria, Borg El Arab International Airport
Alexandria, El Nouzha (or El Nozha) International Airport
Aswan International Airport (or Daraw Airport)
Cairo International Airport
Hurghada International Airport
Luxor International Airport
Marsa Alam International Airport
Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Port Said, Mediterranean
Nuweiba, Gulf of Aqaba
Hurghada, Red Sea
Safaga, Red Sea
Sharm El Sheikh, Red Sea
Suez, Red Sea/Gulf of Suez
Overland Border Posts:
Salloum: North-western border – Libya
Rafah: North-eastern border – Gaza
Taba: Eastern border – Israel