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Visas & Immigration

Visas are required by all nationals except those of Malta and Arab countries. All Egyptian Consulates are authorized to grant entry visas. Passport Authorities at all ports of entry are also empowered to grant visas on the spot. Passports must be valid for at least three months subsequent to the date of the proposed visit to Egypt. If travelling overland visas can be obtained from neighbouring countries without much of a problem. You can apply either for a single entry visa which entitles the holder to a stay of up to one month and is valid for presentation for up to three months, or for a multiple entry visa which is limited for up to three visits. A visa cannot be obtained at the israeli border.

There is normally a two week grace period beyond the expiry date of a visa. Visas can be extended for up to a period of six months but you will normally be required to show you have sufficient money to support your stay and show bank receipts proving you have changed sufficient money. Credit card reciepts for purchases or cash advances are generally not accepted.

You can visit the Sinai area between the Israeli border crosssing of Taba and Sharm el-Sheikh without a visa, but you will only be issued with the entry stamp enabling you to stay 14 days.

It is no longer a requirement for nationals entering Egypt to register with the police within one week of arrival - this was abolished in early 1997.



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