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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Egypt

Egypt is a country with an impressive patriomonio 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 tell you 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.

Required Documentation

People from most countries are required to have a visa to enter Egypt. However, there are some exceptions:

Passport

Only citizens of the countries of the European Union as well as the United States can travel to Egypt without visa. This condition only applies if you are traveling 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 of entering the country. On the other hand, people in Malaysia can travel up to two weeks in the country with only 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.

Visa

The rest of the nationalities or the previous ones in a different situation must obtain a visa to enter Egypt. There is the call visa upon arrival, which is obtained at border controls (eg airports) and costs $ 25 (US dollars). The countries that are entitled to it are the following:

  • Member States of the European Union
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Croatia
  • U.S
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Macedonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

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 apply for a visa previously in Spain.

The Egyptian Embassy in Spain is located in Madrid, specifically in Velázquez street, number 68.

Citizens of other territories, among which are Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina, must apply for a visa at the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate before starting the trip. The documents that must be submitted may vary in each country, although in most cases 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-sized photographs
  • Visa form filled out
  • Letter specifying the reason for the trip and how the expenses of stay will be covered
  • Photocopy of the flight and hotel reservation, or invitation letter
  • Labor letter indicating the salary, the activity that is carried out and the position held
  • Copy of the last three bank statements
  • Health insurance
  • Payment of the cash rate

If the person traveling is a minor child, he will have to carry a photocopy of the parents' permission, a letter of responsibility for expenses, a photocopy of the birth record and a proof of an educational registration currently in force.

If you come from a country where yellow fever is present, you must also give the vaccination card confirming that you are vaccinated against this disease.

Some embassies allow you to send the documentation by mail. To do this, the envelope must contain the return address and the return must be paid. As for the price of the visa, for most nationalities it is $ 20 if a single entry visa is obtained and $ 32 if it is a multiple entry permit.

Security

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain indicates, in Egypt there is some risk of terrorist attack, because in recent years there have been some in different parts such as Cairo or Sinai. Therefore, it is currently considered a bit dangerous to visit this country.

The advice to be followed is not to drive at night, avoid demonstrations and stay updated on the situation in the country. As for women, it is not too advisable to travel alone.

To avoid theft it is convenient 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 police in the country and take a photocopy of the complaint, as well as know the file number and the police station to which you have gone.

On the other hand, Egypt is not a very tolerant country as far as homosexuals are concerned. You can get more information in this article: The 10 worst tourist destinations for the LGBT community.

If you move through the country, it is not convenient to leave the indicated roads, because on the west coast of Alexandria, the Arabian desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal, and the Sinai Peninsula minefields They settled in ancient wars.

There is no area of ​​the country that is considered totally safe. Among the territories with a medium risk we find the Sinai Peninsula, the Rafah Pass, Luxor, Aswan and the Red Sea.

Vaccinations

The only mandatory vaccine 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. Also, the recommended vaccination for any traveler is as follows:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Viral triple (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 advisable to take out medical insurance. As for food, make sure it is in good condition and that the glasses, bottles, etc. they are clean.

It is not advisable to visit animal and farm markets. In addition, it is better not to bathe or walk barefoot through canals or areas of standing water, because in these places there is a parasite called bilharzia.

User Questions

Is it advisable to travel to Egypt in summer?

During the summer they can reach over 45 ºC, so it is a quite quality time that is not advisable for all people.

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 proof before entering the country.

What clothes is advisable to take 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 maximize precautions.

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