If you are traveling to Egypt, a visa is required for most nations but is easily obtainable upon arrival at major border crossings. I’ll focus here on arrivals at Cairo International Airport (CAI) and why I prefer a visa on arrival over an e-visa.
Guide: How To Obtain An Egypt Visa On Arrival
The process is very straightforward, which is one reason I write this short guide. Many Award Expert clients who visit Egypt express fear that they will have to buy a visa on arrival. There is no need to fear: it’s easy as pie and nothing but a revenue generator for the Egyptian government (rather than a means to separate desirable from undesirable travelers). There is no background check or anything like that: just pay the 25 USD and you’ll be handed a sticker that you can affix in your passport (some agents will place the sticker directly in your passport for you).
As you exit your flight, follow the signs for passport control. For my most recent trip, we arrived in Terminal 2 (my first time ever flying into or out of Cairo on an airline other than EgyptAir). Once you reach downstairs, immigration counters will precede the baggage claim area. Do not proceed directly to immigration. Instead, find the visa on arrival booth (clearly marked). There, you can obtain your visa (cash only USD, EUR, or GBP – no credit or debit cards). Only single-entry visas are sold. You’ll be handed the sticker (pictured above), which you can place directly in your passport before you reach the front of the passport control line.
A couple of further thoughts. First, Egypt does now offer e-visas online. I am not a fan of them because it is my understanding that you do not receive a visa sticker on arrival if you arrange an e-visa. However, the e-visa may be more appealing precisely because it does take up less space, because it can be arranged in advance without waiting in line, can be paid by credit card, and a multiple-entry visa can be purchased for 60 USD.
Second, if you are only traveling to the Sinai region (for example, Sharm El-Sheikh), no visa is required for stays under 15 days, provided you do not leave the region.
Obtaining a visa on arrival in Egypt is a straightforward process. I still prefer to do it the old-fashioned way in order to obtain a sticker on my passport, but an e-visa is now possible too.
How was your experience obtaining a visa for Egypt?