Posted by: Ray | March 17, 2015

Egypt requires visas for all tourists before arrival starting May 15th

You can only get visas at the airport if you “are part of a tour company” but no longer for individuals. Very weird move imho especially since tourism was starting to pick up lately. Go figure, the surprise is the rule apparently nowadays.

Don’t be discouraged by that, it should be easy and without complications to get a visa from the nearest Egyptian consulate. Don’t change your plans if you were coming 🙂

“Egyptian authorities have now made it a little harder for tourists to enter Egypt. Starting 15 May, individual tourists arriving in Egypt will be required to apply for a visa at an Egyptian consulate prior to arrival at the airport, according to a press statement sent out on Tuesday by the Egyptian Tourism Ministry.”
Check the full post here at Egypt Independent.


  1. Oh boy. Good to know since we are going in Aug. Thanks for the update. Cheryl

    • You’re very welcome! I hope you have a great time 😀 please don’t hesitate to ask me anything if have questions, i’d be glad to answer them.

      Enjoy 🙂

  2. Does the same apply for spouses that are married to Egyptian citizens? Since my daughter had the same last name as my husband they didn’t require her to have a visa. But I don’t have his last name, will a copy of marriage certificate be enough?

    • I can’t say for sure but one thing is clear enough: Individuals who did not need a visa before, do now. So to be on the safe side, I would just apply for a visa for any family member who doesnt hold an Egyptian passport. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

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