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Egypt visa for US citizens: Application process and steps

by Pilar Dujan | May 29, 2023
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Do US citizens need visa for Egypt?

Yes, it's necessary to apply for an Egypt visa for US citizens. This also applies to people traveling on a cruise to Egypt.

How is the application process for the Egypt visa for US citizens?

US citizens are eligible to apply online for a visa for an Egypt visa. The only kinds of eVisas for Egypt available are for tourism:

  • A single entry eVisa for stays of 30 days
  • A multiple entry eVisa for stays of 30 days

To travel to Egypt for reasons other than tourism, or if your nationality is not eligible to apply for an eVisa, you will have to get your visa for Egypt at your nearest embassy or consulate.

How much does the Egypt visa for US citizens cost?

The cost of the Egypt visa for US citizens will depend on the type of travel document you apply for. For US citizens in American dollars they are: 

  • For the single entry eVisa: $27
  • For the multiple entry visa for Egypt: $62 

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Egypt visa requirements for US citizens

The Egypt entry requirements for US citizens are: 

  • A passport with a validity of at least 8 months from the start of the trip.
  • Two recent coloured passport-sized photographs.
  • A clear copy of the personal information page of the passport.
  • To fill out the application form. Have with you your travel dates and accommodation reservation.
  • A current email address.
  • A credit or debit card to make the payment.

Having travel insurance isn’t mandatory, but it’s strongly recommended. 

How long does it take to get an Egypt visa for US citizens?

US citizens should apply for an Egypt visa at least 15 working days before starting their trip.

Where is the Embassy of Egypt in the US?

The Embassy of Egypt is located in Washington D.C.

Address: 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: 202.895.5400

Telephone: 202.895.5408

Fax: 202.244.5131

Email: [email protected] 

Where is the US Embassy in Egypt?

The US Embassy is located in Cairo.

Address: 5 Tawfik Diab St, Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr El Nil, Cairo

Telephone: (20-2) 2797 3300

Fax: (20-2) 2797 3200

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What are the vaccine requirements to travel to Egypt from the US?

There are no mandatory vaccinations for Egypt in the Egypt visa requirements for US citizens. However, the CDC recommends the following vaccines to all travelers: 

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio: there's currently a level 2 alert for this disease. If you can, apply the vaccine before traveling.
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

What is the time difference between Egypt and the US?

Time zones of Egypt

Egypt is part of the countries that change time zones during the summer (Daylight Savings Time). Therefore, its time zones are: 

  • Eastern European Time: UTC+2
  • Eastern European Time: UTC+3

Time zones of the United States from West to East

  • Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST): UTC-10
  • Alaska Standard Time (AST): UTC-9
  • Pacific Standard Time (PST): UTC-8
  • Mountain Standard Time (MST): UTC-7
  • Central Standard Time (CST): UTC-6
  • Eastern Standard Time (EST): UTC-5

What do they use in Egypt as currency and what is the exchange rate to American dollars?

The Egyptian currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pounds; and banknotes of 5, 10, 25 and 50 piastres. There are also coins of 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 piastres and 1 pound. 

The exchange rate from EGP to USD (American dollars) is 1 EGP = 0.032 USD. 

Are there any direct flights from the USA to Egypt?

Yes. There are direct flights to Cairo International Airport (CAI) departing from New York and Washington D.C. They last approximately between 10 and 12 hours.