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Egypt simplifies travel with new e-visa system

A new e-visa service introduced by the Egyptian government has made it easier than ever for travellers from the UK to arrange trips to Egypt. UK citizens can now obtain an entry visa by completing a simplified online application rather than applying on arrival or in advance at the Egyptian Consulate.

Egypt simplifies travel with new e-visa system

As part of its latest drive to attract more tourists back to the country, the Egyptian government has introduced a new e-visa service enabling citizens from the UK and other stated countries to easily obtain a entry visa online. The new service offers an alternative to applications upon arrival, or through the Egyptian Consulate prior to travel.

The new system is intended to simplify travel to the country and speed up the process at border control. Residents from 46 countries across Europe, Asia and Australasia can now apply for a tourist visa through a simple online application form.

A single-entry tourist visa is priced at $25, while a multiple-entry tourist visa is priced at $60, with payment required with a credit or debit card. Tourist visas granted using the e-visa system are valid for a maximum of three months.

Egyptian Tourist Authority Director for UK and Ireland, Amr El Ezabi said:

“We want travel to Egypt to be as seamless as possible and in the digital age this new e-visa system is an important step towards simplifying the process. Latest tourism figures have shown a significant rise in arrivals and we hope that this trend continues as more people are encouraged to visit our diverse nation.”

Travellers are advised to make e-visa applications at least seven days before departure. Entry requirements on arrival include a passport valid for at least eight months, a print-out of your e-visa and your travel itinerary, with accommodation details. For more details or to apply for a visa visit: https://visa2egypt.gov.eg

Around 319,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2017. The tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are not included in the areas the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel to.

Located in the northeast corner of Africa between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, Egypt is at the crossroads between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Its colossal ancient monuments and thousands of years of history have long made it a popular holiday destination for Europeans.

Aside from the grand antiquities of Cairo and Luxor – the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, Abu Simbel temple and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings – the country has much to entice travellers. Expansive desert landscapes, the world's longest river and subtropical Red Sea Riviera resorts provide a playground for relaxation and adventure. 

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