The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation and coordination with various institutions inside and outside Egypt, has completed the implementation of the first phase of the e-Visa project for many foreign countries to facilitate tourists’ access to visas and activate tourism after two years of recommendations and work.
* What is an e-Visa?
In coordination between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, Telecommunications and Information Technology and Tourism, the first stage was established to enable tourists to obtain visas to enter Egypt electronically and also to pay fees, an official document that allows foreigners to enter Egypt and is an alternative to visas issued at ports of entry.
When did you start talking about the new visa regime?
In February 2017, during the first meeting of the Supreme Council for Tourism in the presence of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the meeting recommended the implementation of the e-Visa portal project as a first phase of the national integrated project to develop the technological work mechanisms in the information centers of the Authority of Passports, Immigration and Nationality and the construction of information databases. In December of the same year.
What is the purpose of the new e-Visa project?
The Government is seeking to facilitate the issuance of visas of various types to foreign visitors; to encourage the inflow of tourists to Egypt and to facilitate the entry of businessmen to the country to increase trade and investment flows.
What did the first phase of the project include?
The first phase included the launch of the e-Visa portal through the official website “www.visa2egypt.gov.eg“, coordination between the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the foreign consulates, and the organization of a practical presentation to introduce the e-Visa system to embassies of countries in which the new system will be implemented. .
* Which countries include the first stage?
The first phase of the project included 46 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Vatican, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and America “.
* What is the registration mechanism in the e-Visa?
The foreigner will enter the required information and pay the value of the service through the credit card or debit card on the site mentioned above, after the completion of the payment process, a link is sent to download the e-Visa and sent to the applicant, and printed and then submitted to the passport staff at the ports of entry after verification of the electronic visa on the system .
* What are the conditions for accepting a visa?
The gatekeepers are required to apply for an e-Visa before traveling to Egypt for a sufficient period and at least 7 working days.
The following website was allocated to receive complaints
* Can the electronic visa be refused at ports?
Passport staff at different ports of entry reserves the right to refuse entry to the visa holder without giving reasons.
* What is the cost of the visa?
The site will only issue tourist visas for holders of regular passports, for a fee of $ 25 for one-time travel and $ 60 for more than once, and visa issuance fees will not be refunded if rejected.
* What is the second phase of the project?
The second phase of the system will be used by the citizens of countries that require prior visas. This phase will be applied to 12 missions outside Egypt and will be completed by the end of this year.