File photo: Tourists arrive at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. (Photos courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Aviation)
The statement claims that the Egyptian e-Visa portal can issue tourist visas to visitors with valid passports from Schengen countries, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Canada – to name a few – upon arrival in Egypt.
A screenshot of the Egyptian e-visa portal showing a list of countries whose nationals are allowed to issue an e-Visa on request on the Egyptian e-Visa portal
An Egyptian tourist e-visa costs $ 25 for a single-entry visa or $ 60 for multiple entries, Ghada Shalaby, deputy minister of tourism and antiquities, said in July.
The update is part of the state’s efforts to encourage the flow of tourists of different nationalities, especially in the midst of the pandemic.
Egypt resumed international flights to and from all of its airports in July 2020 after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus.
The country has also started receiving flights from Russia to Egyptian seaside towns on the Red Sea after a six-year hiatus.
Russian travelers have always been a major contributor to the country’s tourism industry, making it a key source of hard currency in Egypt.
Foreign tourists are only allowed – as tour groups – in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, Marsa Matrouh and South Sinai, as they are the least affected by the pandemic.
Egypt requires travelers arriving in the country to present a negative PCR test certificate performed 72 hours before takeoff from their destination or a recognized certificate proving that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Both certificates must contain a stamp of the country of origin and a QR code.