Egypt allows 28 more nationalities to obtain tourist e-visas; total reaches 74 countries

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Jul 2021

Egypt resumed international flights to and from all its airports in July 2020, after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic

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File photo: Tourists arrive at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport. (Photos courtesy of the Egyptian aviation ministry)

Egypt has added 28 more countries to its list of nationalities able to obtain a tourism visa electronically through the newly-launched e-visa portal, as part of the country’s efforts to drive more visitors to the country.

The country now permits 74 nationalities to obtain tourism e-visas.

The latest update will contribute to encouraging many tourists of different nationalities to visit Egypt, Ghada Shalaby, the vice minister for tourism and antiquities, said.

She explains that the online e-visa portal supports 8 languages. The portal also answers many tourist inquiries and features secure electronic payment. An Egyptian tourist e-visa costs US$25 for one entry or US$60 for multiple entries. The visa is issued in a maximum of 7 days.

Shalaby said that the new additions to the list are expected to have a positive impact on increasing tourist numbers in Egypt.

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A screenshot from Egypt e-visa portal showing a list of the countries whose nationals are allowed to issue an e-Visa upon application on the Egypt e-Visa Portal

Egypt resumed international flights to and from all its airports in July 2020, after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign tourists, however, are allowed in tour groups into three coastal Egyptian governorates which are the least affected by the pandemic: the Red Sea, Marsa Matrouh, and South Sinai.

Egypt requires travellers arriving in the country to present a negative PCR test certificate performed 72 hours before taking off time, or a recognised certificate proving they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Both certificates should be stamped with a QR Code.

Travellers coming from spots hit by the new virus variants will be subjected to a 15-minute molecular test known as ID NOW. If the result comes back positive, they will be deported if they are non-Egyptians.

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