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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Egypt

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This article was published on March 29, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Egypt?

All foreign travelers can enter Egypt as long as they follow the local COVID-19 requirements presented below.

Please note that all foreign visitors must complete an Egyptian Declaration Form and E-Visa before departing for Egypt.

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Can I enter Egypt if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Egypt if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have completed the vaccination course at least 14 days before arriving in Egypt.

As of February 2022, seven vaccines are approved in Egypt: 

  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm 
  • Sputnik V
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A printed certificate confirming vaccination in English or Arabic

Can I enter Egypt if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Egypt if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure in English or Arabic

Please note the validity of your PCR test is extended to 96 hours if you are traveling from the following countries (or airports):

In addition, be aware that you can enter Egypt on a direct flight without tests with certain further requirements through the following airports:

  • Hurghada (HRG)
  • Marsa Alam (RMF)
  • Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)
  • Taba (TCP)

Upon arrival, you must be tested with a rapid antigen test and stay in your hotel room until you receive the result (12 -24 hours after arrival). Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this entry requirement.

As of February 2022, Egypt is open to all countries. However, there are special requirements for travelers coming from the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Upon arrival in Egypt, they have to:

  • Take a PCR test
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

Can I leave Egypt?

You can leave Egypt. However, please learn the requirements concerning COVID-19 tests and other documents of the destination country in advance. 

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, please present one of the following documents:

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Egypt currently

Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Egypt is moderate as compared to the previous months.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to travel to Egypt right now?

International travel to Egypt is possible and safe now as long as you follow basic rules:

  • Wear masks at public 
  • Maintain a 1.5-meter social distance

Is Cairo open for travel?

Currently, Cairo is open for travelers. Please abide by all COVID-19 regulations that are the same as in the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Egypt?

Travelers are obliged to undergo a 14-day mandatory self-isolation if they are arriving from the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

In addition, unvaccinated travelers who fail to present a COVID-19 test at boarding have to self-isolate until they receive a result of a rapid antigen test taken at the airport upon arrival. 

All other categories of travelers are exempt from self-isolation.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Egypt?

At present, there is no digital health pass for foreign arrivals in Egypt. Please print out copies of your COVID-19 documents and carry them with you.

What are the biggest international airports in Egypt?

Here is a list of the biggest international airports in Egypt:

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