Egypt has been hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19). The country has implemented a number of emergency decrees to limit the safety risks. These decrees also impact tourists and business travellers that have made plans to travel to Egypt. This includes people who have already had a visa issued to them. In this article you can read what you need to take into account before planning a trip to Egypt (last update: 02-04-2020).
The coronavirus in Egypt: current state of affairs
On 2 April, there were 779 officially registered coronavirus infections and 52 casualties reported in Egypt. It is not entirely clear what the relation is between actual infections and registered infections, but what is clear is that not all infections are registered. To stop a further increase as much as possible, the Egyptian government has cancelled all international flights. Only in rare cases are exceptions made for repatriation flights. It is therefore no longer possible to travel to Egypt for a holiday or business trip.
Can I currently apply for a visa for Egypt?
If you are planning to go on a holiday to Egypt later this year, you can already apply for a visa. Because it is currently not known when exactly the travel ban in Egypt will be lifted, all applications are put on hold until that moment. As soon as travelling becomes possible again, all visa applications will be processed. Keep in mind that the travel ban might be lifted before the British government updates its own travel advice. Once a visa application is being processed it can no longer be cancelled or refunded, not even if it cannot be used (anymore).
The coronavirus (Covid-19) led to a travel ban in Egypt
I already have a visa, can I still use it to travel to Egypt (later this year)?
It is expected that issued visas for Egypt will remain valid, despite the corona crisis. Even though it is not permitted to travel to Egypt while the current measures taken by the Egyptian government are in place, if the visa remains valid after this period it can likely still be used as normal. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the Egyptian government, so keep a close watch on this page to remain up to date on this.
Do you want to reschedule your trip to Egypt because of the coronavirus?
The e-visa for Egypt has a date of issuing and an expiry date. The period in between is the validity period of the visa. You do not need to arrive on the date of arrival you filled in on the application form for the visa. However, the date on which you arrive in Egypt as well as the date on which you leave the country must fall within the validity period as mentioned on the visa.
I am still in Egypt, what should I look out for?
The British government advises against travelling to Egypt, and recommends leaving the country if you are currently there. As most flights to and from the country have been cancelled until at least mid-April, this might not be an easy task. Occasionally, repatriation flights are done, to fly tourists and business travellers back to their own countries. Contact your tour operator or airline to discuss what the possibilities are. As long as you are in Egypt, you are advised to keep the following coronavirus measures in mind:
- There is a curfew; stay indoors between 19:00 and 06:00
- Catering establishments are closed, but supermarkets and pharmacies are still open
- Arrange suitable accommodation quickly if you do not expect to return home in the near future
- Additionally, observe the coronavirus guidelines as instructed in the UK by the DHSC
When can I go on a holiday to Egypt again?
Unfortunately, this is currently unknown. It depends, on the one hand, on the travel ban imposed by the Egyptian government and, on the other hand, on the advice given by the British government and your travel organisation. The current travel ban of Egypt holds until mid-April, but it is expected that this will be extended by at least several weeks. The travel advice and additional coronavirus guidelines issued by the British government are frequently revised, but even on this front it currently cannot be said for certain when trips to Egypt will be possible again.
Disclaimer: due to major uncertainties regarding the development of the coronavirus in Egypt and worldwide, as well as the rapid changes in the policy of the Egyptian government, it cannot be guaranteed that all the information on this page is up to date and entirely correct. Regularly check this page to stay informed on the developments, but also check with your travel organisation and consult the websites of the governments of your home country and Egypt before planning a trip or applying for a visa.