New visitor permit norms for arrival in Egypt from May 2015

March 18, 2015
Egypt to make changes in visitor visa policies for U.S. starting 15 May, 2015 onwards

The visa eligibility criteria and norms for travelers coming to Egypt from the U.S. have undergone changes. Beginning 15 May, 2015 a visitor visa for Egypt will be difficult to obtain for some countries like the United States. The New York Egypt Mission has let out officially in a statement, all the things that are going to get an overhaul for U.S. nationals visiting Egypt. Some other countries may also be affected by these changes. 

Prior to coming to Egypt, travelers from America will have to apply for a visitor visa at an Egyptian consulate or even mission abroad. Some of the essential documents that are needed are a valid passport which holds good for at least six months after arrival into the country, plus two passport photographs. Those who wish to avail the visas must do so before 15 May, 2015 as later on these visas would require full approval by the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission in advance.

U.S. traveler groups can still secure visas at the airport if they have been obtained through the Agency of Egyptian Tourist before the group’s arrival. Such visas are only valid for the time of duration of the scheduled tour. Visitors coming to Egypt to see Nuweiba, Taba and Sharm El Sheikh resorts for visiting purposes are able to secure a visitor visa for a time of 15 days free of cost upon entering the country. Any place which falls outside these areas would need a full visitor visa.

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