Egypt is a country with an impressive heritage that surprises all its visitors. However, certain requirements must be met in order to enter this territory. In this article, we talk about the documentation required to travel to Egypt. In addition, we indicate if it is a safe country and we give you several useful recommendations.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
People from most countries are required to have a visa to enter Egypt. However, there are some exceptions:
Only the citizens of the European Union countries as well as from the United States they can travel to Egypt without visa. This condition only applies if you are going to travel to resorts from Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba.
In this case, the trip has to last less than 15 days. In addition, the passport must be valid for at least six months at the time you enter the country. On the other hand, Malaysians can travel up to two weeks around the country with just their passport.
If you want to know which countries are part of the European Union and therefore can benefit from this condition, we recommend this article: The Schengen area and the Member States of the European Union.
The rest of nationalities or the previous ones in a different situation must obtain a visa to be able to enter Egypt. There is the call visa upon arrival, which is available at border controls (ex: airports) and costs $ 25 (US dollars). The countries that are entitled to this are the following:
- Member States of the European Union
- South Korea
- United States
- New Zealand
It can only be purchased if you are going to be up to 30 days in Egypt as a tourist. Therefore, Spaniards who travel to Egypt for less time do not need to previously apply for a visa in Spain.
Citizens of the rest of the territories, including Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina, must apply for a visa at the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate before starting the trip. The documents that must be presented may vary in each country, although in most they are similar. These are the requirements for Colombians:
- Passport with a minimum validity of at least 6 months on the date of travel
- Photocopy of passport
- Two passport-size photographs
- Completed visa form
- Letter specifying the reason for the trip and how the expenses will be covered
- Photocopy of the flight and hotel reservation, or invitation letter
- Labor letter stating the salary, the activity carried out and the position held
- Copy of the last three bank statements
- Health Insurance
- Payment of the fee in cash
If the traveler is a minor child, you will have to bring a photocopy of the parents' permission, a letter of responsibility for expenses, a photocopy of the birth record and a proof of current educational registration.
Some embassies allow documentation to be sent by post. For this, the envelope must contain the return address and be paid for the return. As for the price of the visa, for most nationalities it is $ 20 if you get a single entry visa and $ 32 if it is a multiple entry permit.
As indicated by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in Egypt there is a certain risk of terrorist attackWell, in recent years there have been some in different parts such as Cairo or Sinai. Therefore, at present it can be considered a bit dangerous to visit this country.
The advice to be followed is not to drive at night, avoid demonstrations, and keep up to date on the situation in the country. As for women, it is not highly recommended that they travel alone.
To avoid theft it is advisable to monitor personal belongings, lock the room and, if driving, go with the car insurance on. If you are robbed, you must report to the country's police and take a photocopy of the complaint, as well as know the file number and the police station that has been visited.
On the other hand, Egypt is not a very tolerant country when it comes to homosexual people. You can get more information in this article: The 10 worst tourist destinations for the LGBT community.
If you move around the country, it is not advisable to go off the beaten track, because on the west coast of Alexandria, the Arabian desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal, and the Sinai peninsula exist minefields that settled in ancient wars.
There is no area of the country that is considered totally safe. Medium risk territories include the Sinai Peninsula, the Rafah crossing, Luxor, Aswan and the Red Sea.
The only compulsory vaccination to enter Egypt is that of the yellow fever for people who come from a country where this disease is considered endemic, such as Brazil or Peru. Likewise, the recommended vaccination for any traveler is the following:
- Hepatitis A
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
In addition, in some cases it is also advisable to get vaccinated against typhoid fever. On the other hand, although malaria is not too widespread, it is advisable to carry a mosquito repellent in order to avoid it.
In relation to health, it is highly recommended to take out medical insurance. Regarding food, you have to make sure that it is in good condition and that glasses, bottles, etc. they are clean.
It is not advisable to visit animal markets and farms. In addition, it is better not to bathe or walk barefoot through channels or areas of stagnant water, because in these places a parasite called bilharzia.
Questions from users
Is it advisable to travel to Egypt in summer?
During the summer, temperatures can exceed 45 ºC, which is why it is a very high-quality time that is not advisable for everyone.
Can you travel to Egypt with HIV?
Unfortunately, Egypt is a country that does not allow the stay of people with AIDS, so it is possible that they require some test before entering the country.
What clothes is advisable to take on a trip to Egypt?
It is advisable to wear fresh clothes but do not leave too many parts of the body exposed, especially in the case of women, as it is considered disrespectful in Egyptian society.
Can you travel to Egypt without an agency?
Yes, it is possible to travel on your own to Egypt. However, in that case, it is necessary to increase precautions to the maximum.
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