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April 1, 2015

 
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Egypt Introducing New Visa Requirements
 


 

 

Citing security concerns, Egypt’s government is introducing tougher restrictions on foreign visitors, requiring independent travelers to obtain visas at embassies before traveling instead of paying for them on arrival.

 
 
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Egypt Introducing New Visa Requirements

Citing security concerns, Egypt’s government is introducing tougher restrictions on foreign visitors, requiring independent travelers to obtain visas at embassies before traveling instead of paying for them on arrival.  Industry experts predict the change will impact the country’s already struggling tourism industry.

As of May 15, tourist visas will no longer be issued at Egyptian ports of entry. Egypt will only grant visas to tour groups organized by national tourism agencies. Tourists traveling with registered tour operators and planning to stay less than 15 days will get a free visa on arrival, says a spokesman for the state tourism agency.

Egyptian officials say the scrapping of on-arrival visas for visitors not traveling with package tour operators is needed to give their intelligence services more time amid an Islamist insurgency to assess those who want to visit. Officials say also they want to prevent jihadist recruits using Egypt as a transit point for travel on to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State or al-Qaida groups.

For years, tourists arriving from Europe, the Americas and most Gulf countries have been allowed to arrive at Egypt’s airports and pay a fee to get their passports stamped with a visa.

Please contact your Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements and instructions prior to traveling. 

 
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