Lonely Planet Writer

Why it’s going to get easier for many travellers to visit Egypt

Travellers from 46 countries may find it a bit easier to visit Egypt as the country introduces a new e-Visa service.

Great Sphinx of Giza with the Great Pyramid of Giza. Image by ©Anton Belo/Shutterstock

The government has announced a new system that will allow residents of countries from around Europe, Asia and North America to obtain their entry visa online. Before, travellers would have to apply for a visa on arrival, which can be nerve-wracking for those who like to have all their papers in order before they depart, or before travel through the Egyptian Consulate, which can be an inconvenience for anyone not living in an urban centre.

The new service is available to travellers from a long list of countries in the European Union, including the UK, France and Germany, and from Canada, the US, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and more. Not only should the online application make things a bit simpler, it is also designed to speed up the process at border control.

If you’re heading to Egypt, you can now fill out the form and purchase a single-entry tourist visa for $25 (€21) or a multiple entry tourist visa for $60 (€51), paid for on a credit or debit card. Once purchased, the visas are valid for three months. Travellers are advised to apply at least seven days before they leave and to make sure to have a passport valid for at least for at least eight months, a printout of the e-visa and their travel itinerary with accommodation details on arrival. Find out more or apply here.

Beautiful View of Fatnas Island, Siwa, Egypt. Image by ©Picab0oo/Shutterstock

While the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is still recommending against travel to some parts of the country, Egypt is seeing a resurgence in visitors. The country has been pushing a large tourism campaign showcasing its incredible archaeological heritage and is preparing to open the Grand Egyptian Museum later this year. With more travellers eyeing a visit, Lonely Planet is releasing a brand new version of the Egypt guide to help them plan their perfect trip.