New five-year visa to Egypt: when will it be available, who can apply and price
Tourists in Egypt will be issued paid multiple-entry tourist visas for 5 years. Find out more about who can apply for a 5-year and single-entry visa to Egypt, as well as about the prerequisites and prospects for changes in the country's visa policy
Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Monday, March 27, its intention to make changes to the country's visa policy in order to stimulate the development of tourism.
In particular, the state plans to introduce a multiple-entry visa for five years, the cost of which is 700 US dollars (21,000 Egyptian pounds). Also, citizens of 180 countries will be able to get a one-time 30-day visa at the airport of Egypt upon arrival for $25: United States of America (USA), Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) , China, etc.
Read more about the changes in Egypt's visa policy below.
Who can apply for a 5-year and one-time visa to Egypt?
Tourists will be able to obtain a 5-year multi-visa upon arrival in Egypt if they hold a valid UK, US, Schengen, Japan or New Zealand visa.
Also, from now on, citizens of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia will be able to issue a one-time visa. Indian citizens must have a valid US, UK, European Union, Australia or New Zealand visa or a Gulf residence permit to apply for a single entry visa upon arrival in Egypt.
Citizens of Iran and Israel will be able to enter certain regions of Egypt - South Sinai and Hurghada - on the basis of a visa upon arrival, subject to prior agreement with travel agencies.
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Prerequisites and prospects for changes in the visa policy of Egypt
The field of tourism in Egypt has been severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic and the war in Ukraine. The number of Russian tourists in Egypt in 2022 fell by 40%, and Ukrainian tourists by 80%.
In 2022, 11.7 million tourists arrived in Egypt. The number of travelers from the USA, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Italy and Spain increased. The number of Italian tourists increased by 250%. Egypt hopes that the number of tourists from China will increase significantly in the coming years. In 2019, only about 220,000 Chinese tourists visited Egypt out of 150 million Chinese travelers worldwide. According to forecasts, the total number of vacationers will increase by 28% in 2023.
The country's government plans that, thanks to changes in the visa policy, the country will be visited by 30 million tourists a year by 2028.
Also, from September, EgyptAir will operate direct flights from Cairo to Brazil, to Sao Paulo.
What to see in Egypt?
The country is home to 2,000 archaeological sites and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, and the Temples of Aswan.
Over the past four years, twenty museums have opened in the country. The Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria is scheduled to launch in a few weeks. The Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been under construction since 2005, will be opened in the period from October to January. Also, two new statues have recently appeared in Saqqara.
Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:
Checklist for obtaining a visa and necessary documents in Egypt;
Legal advice on business and tourism in Egypt;
Travel and medical insurance for foreigners in Egypt;
Legal advice on immigration, education or medical treatment in Egypt;
Insurance for foreign students in Egypt.
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