Visa to Egypt, customs regulations

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General information

For citizens of Russia and other CIS countries when visiting Egypt require a visa. It is issued in the Embassy of Egypt in Moscow, or directly in the airports of Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh upon arrival. Citizens of Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus have the opportunity to arrange a visa on arrival, citizens of other CIS countries need to apply for a visa at the Embassy in Moscow or at home in advance.

For tourists who arrive in South Sinai (coast from Sharm El Sheikh to Taba, including the monastery of Santa Catarina and the mountain of Moses) provides a free "Sinai" visa for 15 days.

Attention! In accordance with Egyptian law, the penalty for staying in Egypt after the end of validity of the visa is $17 (payable on departure). The persons who outstay visa, have no right to fly on Charter flights from the airports of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh. To leave the country they can only on a regular flight from Cairo airport.

You can extend a visa or to renew it in twice. Tourist visas are issued for 30 days. However, being in Egypt, tourists can contact the Ministry of interior of Egypt in any major city with the aim of extending the stay for another month. Usually, the problem is solved on the spot for a nominal fee (5-10 Egyptian pounds).

You can also renew a single entry visa to double entry, which will give you the right again to enter the country within the next month for the same visa. Moreover, it is done for free.

Requirements for the validity of the passport

Formal requirements for the validity of the passport with the visa in Egypt or registration upon arrival in the country. There is a "recommendation" of the Embassy of Egypt — to enter the country, travelers must have a passport with validity not less than 6 months after the end of the trip. However, the documents valid for at least another two months, problems usually do not cause.

If the validity of your passport will be the end of the trip at least 6 months, not to risk, can make a visa at the Embassy in Moscow. Personal presence for visa at the Embassy to citizens of Russia is required.

Also be sure to check that you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you can not release at the border from Russia.

Visa at the Embassy

The Embassy of Egypt in Moscow are issued single entry, multiple entry and transit visas.

The citizens of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova have to open a visa at the Embassy in Moscow. Citizens of other countries can get a visa at the consulates in their own country. In addition, citizens of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan for obtaining a visa requires a personal interview at the Consulate in Moscow.

Citizens of Kazakhstan must obtain a visa at the Embassy in Astana and the day of your arrival to provide your passport to the guide at the hotel for the registration in the police of Egypt. Tourists failing to produce their passports and not apply for a visa at the police, you risk to face problems when leaving the country.

For visa must submit the following documents:

  • passport (expiration date see above) and a photocopy of the first page with personal data;
  • 1 application form filled in English;
  • 1 photo (3x4);
  • copy of domestic passport (pages with personal data and residence permit or registration);
  • the voucher of the travel Agency or a hotel booking confirmation (check this requirement on the phone of the Embassy);
  • insurance policy and a copy of (check this requirement on the phone of the Embassy, because the insurance is possible directly in Egypt)
  • for minors - copy of birth certificate.

The visa processing time - 5 working days.

Visa costs: currently the visa fee for citizens of Russia is 350 rubles for citizens from other countries - 860 roubles. The fee is paid in rubles directly to the consular Department when submitting documents. Consular fee is not charged for children till 12 years entered in the passport of parents

The validity of tourist visa: 1 month from the date of entry.

Visa on arrival

Citizens of Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus have the opportunity to apply for a visa on arrival at the airport (Visa upon arrival).

Single entry visa for tourist is issued upon arrival at any Egyptian ports of entry into the country, with the exception of the land border crossing with Israel, just where is tn "Sinai stamp". A visa is a stamp affixed in a passport.

Documents required for visa on arrival a minimum: passport (expiration date of the passport, see above) and travel voucher. Theoretically you should also have a return ticket, but the e-ticket check is hard, therefore this requirement is usually not checked.

The cost of a visa to Egypt upon arrival is $15. Children having their own passport, pay the same $15. If the child entered in the passport (old model), his visa is not paid.

Attention! The decision of the government of Egypt when visiting Egypt as part of a tour group (tourists) tourists from Russia in the summer of 2012 (until 31 Aug 2012) from payment of the fee for tourist visa on arrival are exempt. Ie visa tourists from Russia as tourists are issued absolutely free.

Validity of the tourist visa on arrival: 1 month from the date of entry.

"Sinai" visa (stamp Sinai)

For tourists arriving in the "South Sinai" (the coast from Sharm El Sheikh to Taba, including the monastery of Santa Catarina and the mountain of Moses) is provided for obtaining a free visa (stamp of the Sinai) for a period of 15 days . However, it should be borne in mind that this visa involves finding only in the territory and will not allow you to go beyond it through numerous posts.

Such visas are issued in the airport of Sharm El Sheikh, the sea port of Nuweiba on the Taba border crossing with Israel. To obtain the "Sinai visa" you need to tell the guards that you need it "Sinai stamp" and not "visa on arrival".

It should also be borne in mind that when you enter Egypt from Israel to the Sinai tourist is solely a stamp, and there is no way to get a visa on arrival.

Embassies and consulates

Embassy and Consulate of Egypt (Moscow)
Consular office address: Moscow, Kropotkin lane 12/14,
Reception days: Monday-Friday, 10-13 hours,
The phone number of the Embassy of Egypt: +7 (495) 246-30-96, 246-02-34, 246-30-80,
Fax: +7 (495) 246-10-64.

Embassy of Egypt in Kiev
Consular office address: Observatorna str., 19,
Phone: (044) 212-13-27, 216-65-30,
Fax: (044) 216-94-28.

The Russian Embassy in Egypt
Address: Cairo, Dokki, Giza St., 95, Egypt
Phone: (8-10-202) 348-93-53, 348-93-54, 348-93-56, 348-97-44,
Fax: (8-10-202) 360-90-74,

The consular section in Cairo:
Cairo, Dokki, Giza str., 95, Egypt
Phone: (8-10-202) 761-45-11, 761-45-12,

Russian Consulate in Alexandria:
Cairo, Dokki, Giza str., 95, Egypt
Phones: (8-10-202) 761-45-11, 761-45-12,

Customs regulations


Allowed to import duty-free:

  • 2,200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco (for persons older than 15 years);
  • 1 liter of spirits and 2 litres of beer (for persons older than 20 years);
  • A reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use and 1 liter of eau de Cologne;
  • Items of personal use in the amount of not more than 100 Egyptian pounds;
  • Personal property, including such electrical devices as hair dryer, shaver;
  • Subject to mandatory Declaration it is possible to import items for personal use, such as photo-video cameras, radios, equipment for fishing, diving and swimming etc. the Declaration is necessary for subsequent export.

It is prohibited to import:

  • Videos, films and publications that contradict the norms of Islam, morality and may harm the country's security and public order;
  • Drugs and drug drug.
  • For cotton products for commercial purposes;
  • All types of live or frozen poultry.


It is prohibited to export:

  • Drugs and foods;
  • Gold, silver, bought from local markets, except for very small and for personal use;
  • Corals, shells and other marine flora and fauna (even picked up at the Bank). In case of detection of such smuggling includes a fine of $ 1,000.

The import/export of currency

Different sources give contradictory information on the issue of import /export of currency.

According to some sources, the import and export of foreign currency is not limited, but large amounts must be declared. Import and export of local currency is allowed up to 5 thousand Egyptian pounds.

According to other sources the import of foreign currency is limited to $10,000, and the local currency amount is not more than 20 Egyptian pounds (some sources give information 500 Egyptian pounds).

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
sunMYLOVE Jan 12, 2016
In Egypt not so expensive, it is possible for the sea to relax, and to travel. You can eat in the hotel, the Swiss table, the choice is too big. ...
sunMYLOVE March 21, 2016
If you have several people can you rent a car, convenient. ...
olgaolgina16 18 October, 2016
There is also a large hotel where you can relax without animation. ...
MiLoVa 12 May, 2018
By the way, if to drive off from Hurghada a little bit, you will find yourself in Makadi Bay, where the local population does not live - it is purely a tourist place, there are concentrated only hotels. We liked it. ...
rainbow 18 July, 2018
dangerous even to the bakery for bread to go .if you afraid of everything .you have to stay at home. ...
Anafiel 9 July, 2019
No, the sandstorms, the city without greenery, the hot the cold, the huge mosquitoes... brrr. And debris. Mountains of debris. And people are quite different. ...
nausla August 31, 2019
In vain. I was not, for example.
I was only interested in the sea. ...
Burenina Nataliya 29 September, 2019
Useless Souvenirs and magnets have long trips don't drive. Prefer that you can drink or eat, in one word something practical. I brought tea, coffee (not great, but it's OK), I cite every time the teas from different roots and herbs, they are delicious and fresh there. Brought spices. Bought myself a cotton dress and cotton summer blouses. All good quality and our money is very cheap. A friend brought the wine Omar Khayyam, there are white and pink. She already knew this wine, I tried - I did not like. But I do not drink alcohol, he told me the whole don't like. It is still possible to buy natural soap, oil and perfume. My friend's husband is Egyptian, he lives in Egypt and she's here in Moscow. She enjoys and loves balms like our stars, hair oil, natural soap. ...
nausla 29 September, 2019
The main direction of course of the Red sea, there will not argue.
And this is understandable, such a diversity of underwater life anywhere close will not see.
In fact, those who understand, go not into Egypt namely the sea. :D
And go for a short time.
But there is also a "Radialka" in Cairo, desert, Abu Simbel, etc.:) ...
Robert December 5, 2019
Hi! In Egypt, I was 2 times: with friends, with my wife (then fiancee). Teammates took the hotel Logaina Sharm Resorts. What do You say? The guy who greeted us at reception, in English, of course, speaking with great difficulty. With him and sign language you can learn. The apartment was dirty – probably the tenants had just moved and all have not yet. We all understand, of course, but what do we do? On the floor was kind of sticky puddle that was removed for some reason in the last turn. Immediately not advise staying in it! Took 2 bedroom apartment and of course expect the best, like all normal people.
Wife and I took a room at the Old Vic Resort Sharm. Here was completely different. Took a standard double room with one bed. It is small, but for two people very spacious. Unlike Logaina Sharm Resorts – clean. Just say that the wife in open spaces – the sea, the oceans are afraid to swim, she has this phobia since childhood. So she attacked storm the pool. And again it's "different"! Unlike pool Logaina Sharm Resorts, it is clear that it is clean. Because the passing hair and leftovers – not the most pleasant thing I can tell you. Staff is friendly and language barriers they have.
Egypt, of course, incredible. There are pyramids, temples, pharaohs. This antiquity leaves no one indifferent and invites you to plunge into the depth of centuries. Due to the fact that there are always hot – you can arrive at any time. If I'm not mistaken, even in winter the water temperature is 20+. A lot of attractions. The temple of Luxor, the Palace and Park of Montazah, St. Catherine's Monastery, coloured canyon, the great Sphinx, the pyramid of Cheops...and so on. Internet in POM ...