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EGYPT IS NOW OPEN FOR VISITORS

February 9, 2021
Destinations, Press Releases

The land of the pharaohs once again opens its borders for travelers and our experts at Tom Tours have all the information you need to make your next trip as safe as it is fun. Take a loom below for the most recent important information regarding travel to Egypt:

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens allowed entry? Yes
    The Egyptian government has announced that all passengers traveling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken no later than 72 hours before the flight departure time. However, passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt will be able to present the test certificate carried out no later than 96 hours before the flight departure, due to the long period of travel and transit from these airports. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; Digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt. Further, We have been advised that incoming tourists must show proof of medical insurance upon arrival. Contact the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC or the nearest Consulate for up-to-date information on Egyptian government policies.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and / or serology) required to enter? Yes
  • Are there health control procedures at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • If you stay in Egypt beyond the one-month period of your tourist visa, you can be present for an additional 14 days without incurring a penalty. Beyond this, you will have to go to a Passport, Emigration and Nationality Administration office to update your visa status and pay the fine before you are allowed to leave Egypt. For those in the Greater Cairo area, the office is located in Abbassiya

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is there a curfew? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to self-quarantine? No

COVID-19 testing:

The Government of Egypt established a dedicated COVID-19 hotline at 105 15335 or 15469 (Arabic proficiency recommended) that can be consulted for up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing. On March 9, the Government of Egypt also announced that it would provide COVID-19 testing at a cost of $ 70 for foreigners and 1,050 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians. In May, the Government of Egypt provided this list in Arabic of the public hospitals in Egypt offering the test. The US Embassy in Cairo also maintains a list of medical providers on our website that US citizens in Egypt have used in the past. Individuals should contact medical providers directly to determine if they offer COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 testing is also currently offered by private companies. For example, AlMokhtabar laboratories offer PCR smear tests at a cost of 3000 Egyptian pounds per test. Results are available in 24 hours. Ain-Shams University laboratories also offer tests at a cost of 3,000 Egyptian pounds for foreigners and 1,500 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians. Payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the individual and is not covered by the Government of Egypt 500 Egyptian pounds for the Egyptians. Payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the individual and is not covered by the Government of Egypt 500 Egyptian pounds for the Egyptians. Payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the individual and is not covered by the Government of Egypt.

Transportation options:

  • Are flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Please note that face masks are mandatory in all forms of shared transportation.

Fines for non-compliance

Fines will be imposed if the tourist does not comply with the rules and does not use the mask in public places.

Consular operations:

  • All routine consular services for US citizens, including routine passport and notarial services, are suspended. However, you can deliver your ballot application or your voted ballot to the United States Embassy in Cairo on business days (Sunday through Thursday) between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. At the consular entrance of the US Embassy in Cairo (5 Tawfik Diab St) there is a ballot box for depositing contactless ballots. For additional information, see the Voter Information alert for US Citizens on our website. We do not have an estimate of when other routine consular services will resume. Passport services will only be provided in an emergency, which typically includes travel. If you think you have an urgent need to apply for a passport, please send an email to ConsularCairoACS@state.gov explaining your situation and we will consider your application. You must provide proof of your next rush trip (reserved ticket) if you have it. Also include your name, date of birth, passport number, and phone number. You will receive a response within three business days. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, call the Embassy operator and ask to speak to the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the embassy operator. From the US, dial 301-985-8852. gov explaining your situation and we will consider your request. You must provide proof of your next rush trip (reserved ticket) if you have it. Also include your name, date of birth, passport number, and phone number. You will receive a response within three business days. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, call the Embassy operator and ask to speak to the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the embassy operator. From the US, dial 301-985-8852. gov explaining your situation and we will consider your request. You must provide proof of your next rush trip (reserved ticket) if you have it. Also include your name, date of birth, passport number, and phone number. You will receive a response within three business days. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, call the Embassy operator and ask to speak to the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the embassy operator. From the US, dial 301-985-8852. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, call the Embassy operator and ask to speak to the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the embassy operator. From the US, dial 301-985-8852. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, call the Embassy operator and ask to speak to the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the embassy operator. From the US, dial 301-985-8852.
  • Routine visa services for immigrants and non-immigrants are suspended. We will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time. For information on nonimmigrant visas, visit the nonimmigrant visa page of the United States Embassy in Cairo or send an email to ConsularCairoNIV@state.gov. For information on immigrant visas, visit the immigrant visa page of the United States Embassy in Cairo or send an email to ConsularCairoIV@state.gov.

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