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Mar 23

Egypt ending its Visa on Arrival regime for individual visitors

 

This is the visa that one can get on arrival at Cairo International Airport

This is the visa that one used to get on arrival at Cairo International Airport

 

It has been officially announced by Egypt that as of May 15, 2015 Egypt will no longer be issuing the visa on arrival in the airport or at land crossings to individual travelers

 

The visa policy has been so far that most countries could obtain a tourist visa on arrival to Egypt for up to 90 days. Most visitors got this visa in Cairo international Airport before crossing immigration one had to stop in an office and pay for the visa, the fee is between 15 and 25 USD.

 

The changes will not affect tourists who come as part of pre-arranged tour groups, as these are quite numerous and most of the paperwork and identification has been previously processed, they will be able to get a visa on arrival.

 

The reasoning behind this change which may seen counter-intuitive to the still struggling tourist industry is a safety concern. There has been a rise in insurgency especially in the Sinai region and the country feels that a visa on arrival in the airport does little to verify the identity of individuals entering the country solo.

 

While these concerns seem understandable it seems to us that making use of the internet for visa application and electronic background checking would be a better way to keep individual visitors numbers up. After all it is a 21st century world, many people simply will not be thrilled or motivated to visit their local consulate to apply for a visa at this point.

 

 

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  1. Elamurugan

    I am Indian working as a Engineer in Saudi Arabia and also I have residence permit in Saudi Arabia.
    If I want to go to Egypt can I get arrival visa on the airport
    kindly tell me the procedure

    1. Thanks very much for your comment. Since your question is very specific and to save you trouble you will have to call your clossest Egyptian consulate. The official information we have at this point is that Indians can not obtain visa on arrival to Egypt, but there is many people online stating that they have been able to get the visa on arrival being Indian citizens.
      If the consulate confirm you that you can get visa on arrival the procedure is actually very easy, once you land in Cairo and before crossing immigration you will see a little office where you pay 15 USD (or more depending nationality) and they put an sticker in your passport.

      1. SUBIR dAS

        need to travel egypt urgently(12.08.15) , should i require any mail / any doc from embassy to get the visa , if then please advise

        1. voyageur
          voyageur

          Thanks for your message.
          Everything depends on your citizenship.
          Where are u from?
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  2. ahmed

    Hello…
    I have a Russian friend wants to come to me at Egypt alone.
    Can the individual Russian tourist take the visa at Cairo international airport or he must take a previou visa from the Egyptian embassy at Russia before he come?

    1. voyageur
      voyageur

      From What we can read Ahmed your Russian friend will need to get an Egyptian visa ahead of time, not available at the airport. He should call the Egyptian Consulate in Russia to confirm.

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  3. Rohit

    Hello ,
    I am Indian citizen. i booked my ticket from 18 September 2016. I have stopover of 19hrs at cairo. I have plan to go to visit pyramid. so is it possible for me to out? what will be the procedure for Visa?

    1. voyageur
      voyageur

      Hello

      We are working to update this article actually, things are a bit confusing at the moment as to how this process is currently working. We recommend you contact the consulate to be sure about what you will need to get the visa.

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  4. Shahzad Masud

    Hi,

    What are the latest updates on “Visa on Arrival” for Australian Citizens visiting Egypt ?

    1. voyageur
      voyageur

      You will have to check with the Consulate of Egypt in Australia for the latest updates.

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