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.
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.