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Egypt has announced new COVID-19 entry requirements that all travelers will need to follow when entering the country. 

Due to a recent surge of infections, Egypt is adding new testing requirements to ensure the safety of its people and visitors to the country. Here is everything travelers need to know before booking their trip to Egypt. 

Traveler wandering through the ancient Karnak Temple in Egypt
Traveler wandering through the ancient Karnak Temple in Egypt

Countries Permitted To Visit Egypt

Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Egypt under regular visa requirements. 

Egypt COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

As of September 1st, 2020, travelers from ALL countries traveling to ANY part of Egypt must have proof of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 performed no more than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt. 

Test results must be presented in paper format only. Digital copies will not be accepted. Results also must be in English or Arabic.

Children under 6 do not need a test.

Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD $30. 

96-Hour Exceptions

Passengers arriving from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Guyana, Italy (Rome only), Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, USA, UK (London Heathrow only), Uruguay or Venezuela have an extra 24 hours for their test times, giving them 96 hours in total.

Beach in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Beach in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Egypt Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers are not required to quarantine when arriving in Egypt. A negative COVID-19 PCR test must be presented for entry into the country.  

View from hotel room window at a resort in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

The U.S. Embassy is Egypt in reporting that all travelers must present proof of travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for entry. 

COVID-19 Health Screening Arriving in Egypt

Based on reports of travelers arriving in Egypt, travelers could undergo the following additional health screenings.

  • Body temperature scanned
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Present proof of travel insurance
Tourists in protective masks leaving the airport in Hurghada, Egypt

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Egypt 

All travelers are required to follow COVID-19 health protocols while in Egypt. Travelers can expect the following requirements:

  • Masks are required in all public areas and travelers could face fines for not abiding by the mandate. 
  • Strict social distancing guidelines are in effect. Follow all markers and signs

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements In Egypt

Egypt has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record (POVR) for entry in the future. 

Tour Guides Wearing Masks in Hurghada, Egypt

Visa Entry Requirements For Egypt During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Egypt will need to follow regular visa requirements.

Visa on arrival: The following countries are permitted to get a visa on arrival:

  • All European Union Countries
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

E-Visa: For faster entry, travelers from 46 countries can get an ‘E-Visa' online before arriving in Egypt. 

Clouds over majestic ancient Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Get proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 48 hours before arriving to Egypt
  2. Get valid travel insurance that covers COVID-19
  3. Check if you qualify for visa on arrival or an e-visa
  4. Follow all COVID-19 health protocols while in Egypt. 

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Disclaimer: Current Egypt travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


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Originally Published: August 27, 2020

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