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.

Egypt eVisa

Following countries are eligible for the Egypt eVisa;

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. Croatia
  8. Cyprus
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Germany
  15. Greece
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. Ireland
  19. Italy
  20. Japan
  21. Latvia
  22. Lithuania
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Macedonia
  25. Malta
  26. Moldova
  27. Monaco
  28. Montenegro
  29. Netherlands
  30. North Korea
  31. Norway
  32. Poland
  33. Portugal
  34. Romania
  35. Russia
  36. Serbia
  37. Slovakia
  38. Slovenia
  39. South Korea
  40. Spain
  41. Sweden
  42. Switzerland
  43. United Kingdom
  44. United States
  45. Ukraine
  46. 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;

Fees:

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

My Take

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.

HT: https://www.egyptvisa.com