File photo: Tourists arrive at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport. (Photos courtesy of the Egyptian aviation ministry)
The statement affirmed that Egypt’s e-Visa Portal can issue tourist visas to visitors holding valid passports from Schengen countries, the US, the UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada — to name a few — upon arriving to Egypt.
A screenshot from Egypt e-visa portal showing a list of the countries whose nationals are allowed to issue an e-Visa upon application on the Egypt e-Visa Portal
An Egyptian tourist e-visa costs $25 for a single-entry visa or $60 for multiple entries, Ghada Shalaby, the vice minister for tourism and antiquities, said in July.
The update comes as part of the state’s efforts to encourage the flow of tourists of different nationalities, especially amid the pandemic.
Egypt resumed international flights to and from all its airports in July 2020 after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus.
The country also started receiving flights from Russia to Egypt’s Red Sea resort cities after a six-year hiatus.
Russian travellers have always been a major contributor to the country’s tourism industry, making them a key source of hard currency in Egypt.
Foreign tourists are only allowed — as tour groups — into the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, Marsa Matrouh, and South Sinai, given that they are the least affected by the pandemic.
Egypt requires travellers arriving to the country to present a negative PCR test certificate performed 72 hours before taking off from their destination or a recognised certificate proving they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Both certificates should contain a stamp from the country of origin and a QR Code.