Egypt Entry Requirements
U.S. citizens must have a passport and Egypt visa. Renewable 30-day
visas are available for USD $25 (single entry) or $35 (multiple entry) at the airport upon arrival. If you
plan to arrive overland or have an official or diplomatic passport, you
should secure your visa ahead of time. This is also recommended for
anyone who has had previous difficulty securing an Egypt visa.
Travelers crossing the border from Israel at Taba
should have a visa prior to arriving. Those who do not already have a
visa will be given either a no-fee, fourteen-day visa valid for travel
within Sinai only, or a thirty-day tourist visa for $25 if they have a
letter of support from a travel agency. Travel agents at the border
will provide these letters, but their fees are variable. Passport and
visa requirements for Egypt apply to U.S. military personnel, as well
as Diplomatic and Official U.S. passport holders.
The Egyptian Embassy in Washington currently processes visas
within 7-10 business days, even with an expedite letter from the State
Department. Travelers are advised to submit their visa applications to
the Egyptian Embassy well in advance of their trip. You can, however, apply for rush Egypt visa through a private expediter and obtain the visa within 4-5 days
Foreigners can acquire a work permit from the Ministry of Manpower and
Immigration offices in the district of the employer, and accordingly
are authorized residency in the country. Work permits must be obtained
through the employer. Foreigners who arrive as tourist but would want
to change their status are given a 3-month tourist/non-working visa
during which time they can apply for a work permit. Foreigners in Egypt
on tourist visas are not permitted to work.
Proof of yellow fever immunization is required if arriving from
an infected area. Evidence of an HIV test is required for everyone
staying over thirty days, for the purpose of studying or working in
Egypt. Visit the Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
for the most current visa information.
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