Your guide for COVID-19 vaccination before travelling from Egypt

Ahmed Morsy , Wednesday 4 Aug 2021

Ahram Online has put together a guide for those who plan on travelling from Egypt

Vaccine in Egypt
File Photo: A woman receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt taken on March 4, 2021. REUTERS

Egypt’s Ministry of Health has recently launched 126 centres nationwide for issuing QR-coded certificates for those who wish to travel and need to document their coronavirus inoculation.

Below is a guide for anyone looking to travel abroad from Egypt.

  • If you have been vaccinated but have not received the new QR-coded certificates, which cost EGP 100 for Egyptians and $10 for foreigners, head towards any of the newly-launched 126 centres nationwide with a valid passport and your vaccination certificate.
  • If you have already received the new certificate, check whether your QR code is working by scanning it.
  • If you have not been vaccinated, check your destination country’s travel restrictions in addition to its approved vaccine list before registering for a vaccine.
  • You can inquire about the nearest documentation or vaccination centre or about any related procedure by calling the ministry’s hotline (105 or 15335), or send your inquiry to the WhatsApp number “01553105105”.

What you need to know

  • Some countries allow entry with negative PCR tests or any type of vaccination, while others are less flexible and require travellers to be fully vaccinated using certain vaccines. Some countries even require travellers to be fully vaccinated two weeks before arrival.
  • Not abiding by the destination country’s restrictions can result in denied entry or a days-long stay in quarantine.
  • Egypt is currently using the WHO-approved British AstraZeneca vaccine, which is scarce at the moment due to increased demand from travellers. Egypt is also using the WHO-approved Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, as well as the Russian Sputnik V, which has not yet been approved.
  • Meanwhile, those who wish to travel have priority for inoculation by the limited-but-available AstraZeneca shots at certain vaccination centres out of the 400 set up by the health ministry.
  • Egypt is set to receive successive shipments comprising 20 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 35.6 million AstraZeneca doses and 2.4 million Pfizer doses before the end of 2021; part of which will be received within days.
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