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Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates
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EgyptAir to launch direct Tel Aviv-Cairo flights in Oct-21

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Open for travel from Egypt
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to Egypt may be refused entry unless they have completed a Covid-19 Public Health Declaration Form prior to departure. The form can be accessed here. Passengers must hold a hard copy of the completed Health Declaration Form. A form in digital format will not be accepted.
  • Passengers with any symptoms of Covid-19 or whose temperature is 38°C or above will be refused boarding for Egypt.
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Egypt unless they are holding a negative PCR test result tested no more than 72 hours before departing for Egypt.
  • Passengers from the following countries and regions will be refused entry if not holding a certificate of a negative PCR test result tested no more than 96 hours before departing for Egypt: Aruba, Anguilla, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, France (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Paris Orly Airport (ORY), Germany (Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), Guadeloupe, Greenland, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, United States, United Kingdom (London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Venezuela.
  • The test certificate for all passengers must be presented upon arrival in a printed copy; digital format of the test certificate will not be accepted. Confirmation letters, stating that the passenger has been tested, are not accepted either.
  • The testing requirements do not apply to the following passengers:
    • Minors aged 6 years and younger,
    • Passengers flying directly to, or with a connecting flight to Hurghada Airport (HRG), Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF), Marsa Matrouh International Airport (MUH), Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH) or Taba International Airport (TCP).
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Flight Restrictions

29.09.2020 Air Cairo during the month of October 2020 schedules following International service, based on OAG schedules as of 27SEP20. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Alexandria Borg el Arab – Jeddah 3 weekly
Assiut – Jeddah 3 weekly
Cairo – Jeddah 4 weekly
Cairo – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly
Cairo – Riyadh 1 weekly
Hurghada – Belgrade 5 weekly (3 weekly week of 18OCT20)
Hurghada – Prague 1 weekly
Sharm el Sheikh – Tbilisi 2 weekly
Sharm el Sheikh – Yerevan 2 weekly
Sohag – Jeddah 4 weekly
Sohag – Riyadh 1 weekly

published 28.09.2020

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Passengers arriving from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Japan, Mexico, New-Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, USA, Uruguay or Venezuela must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt. The medical certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory and must indicate the type of sample taken for the swab.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), United Kingdom (London Heathrow only)
Passengers arriving from France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only) or United Kingdom (London Heathrow only) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt. The medical certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory and must indicate the type of sample taken for the swab. If arriving from any other airport, the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt.

Entry restrictions
Passengers arriving from any other country must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Egypt. The medical certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory and must indicate the type of sample taken for the swab.

Passengers arriving at Hurghada (HRG), Marsa Alam (RMF), Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) or Taba (TCP) without a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result are subject to a PCR test on arrival at their own expense.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure.

Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-10-08
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 20154366
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 399325
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 19.33
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 3830

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission (with the addition of Eritrea, Rwanda,
Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia) and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours
through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission (with the same additions mentioned
above). In the absence of a vaccination certificate, the individual will be detained in quarantine for up to 6
days of departure from an area at risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Very limited malaria risk due to P. falciparum and P. vivax may exist from June through October in El Faiyûm
Governorate. No indigenous cases have been reported since 1998.
WHO recommended prevention: none

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Polio vaccination is requested regardless of age and vaccination status. Proof of receipt of a dose of oral polio
vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) in the form of an international vaccination certificate
as specified in Annex 6 of the IHR issued within the previous 12 months and at least 4 weeks before departure
is required for travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Somalia) to
apply for an entry visa. Proof of vaccination with OPV or IPV is required from all travellers arriving from
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Niger and Syrian Arab Republic.

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Full Restrictions

  • Egypt Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where C19 variants of concern have been identified may be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a health declaration with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where C19 variants of concern have been identified may be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival, which if positive will lead to a subsequent PCR test to determine if isolation at a government hospital is necessary.
    Passengers holding a COVID-19 vaccination certificate are exempt from presenting a negative PCR test on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory in the country of issue and linked with a QR code. Passengers are required to have had 14 days pass after receiving full doses for the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines. Passengers arriving from countries where COVID-19 variants of concern have been identified may still be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID now) on arrival, which if positive will lead to a subsequent PCR test. You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel.
    All persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas must have proof of one of the following:
    • A full course of COVID-19 vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt); or
    • A negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to departure) Children under the age of 6 are exempt. Proof of COVID-19 recovery will not be accepted.
    Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel.
    *Vaccination Certificates: The Egyptian authorities have advised that COVID-19 vaccination certificates must be issued by an accredited laboratory in the country of issue and linked with a QR code. Vaccinated passengers must have received the full course of either the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt. Passengers arriving from countries where COVID-19 variants of concern have been identified may still be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival, which if positive will lead to a subsequent PCR test to determine if isolation at a government hospital is necessary.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Egypt will accept the proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *PCR Test Certificates: The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. PCR certificates must be issued by an accredited laboratory in the country of issue, and must be stamped or have a QR code. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: The Egyptian authorities have advised that tourists arriving directly at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh have the option of taking a PCR test on arrival for a fee of USD30 (passengers holding a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that meets the requirements are exempt). After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12 to 24 hours.
    If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.
    You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
    There are restrictions on cafes, bars, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, in particular around public holidays. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    08.10.2021
  • Egypt Latest News: Egypt to allow vaccinated travellers entry without PCR test (Reuters, 24.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July 2020, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where C19 variants of concern have been identified may be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival.
    From 1 September 2020, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.
    Passengers holding a COVID-19 vaccination certificate are exempt from presenting a negative PCR test on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be issued by an accredited laboratory in the country of issue and linked with a QR code. Passengers are required to have had 14 days pass after receiving full doses for the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines. Passengers arriving from countries where COVID-19 variants of concern have been identified may still be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID now) on arrival, which if positive will lead to a subsequent PCR test. You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Egypt will accept the proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours.
    If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.
    You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
    There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, in particular around public holidays. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    22.09.2021
  • Egypt Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    * *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July 2020, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where C19 variants of concern have been identified may be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival.
    *Testing before arrival
    From 1 September 2020, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours.
    If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.
    You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change, and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, around public holidays. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.
    *Healthcare in Egypt: The Egyptian authorities may impose mandatory quarantine for visitors who test positive for coronavirus in a government isolation hospital, potentially in a remote location. Access for family members could be heavily restricted or impossible.

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    12.05.2021
  • Egypt Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    *Testing before arrival: From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours. If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change, and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, around public holidays. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.
    *Healthcare in Egypt: The Egyptian authorities may impose mandatory quarantine for visitors who test positive for coronavirus in a government isolation hospital, potentially in a remote location. Access for family members could be heavily restricted or impossible.

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    01.05.2021
  • Egypt Latest News: Authorities at Cairo International Airport will start suspending flights to Saudi Arabia from 3 February (Egypt Today, 03.02.2021). Flights between Egypt and Kuwait countries to resume (Gulf News, 13.12.2020). Authorities at Cairo International Airport started suspending flights to Saudi Arabia as of Wednesday 3 February, in accordance with a decision by Saudi Arabia as part of its precautionary measures to combat Coronavirus pandemic (Egypt Today, 03.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    *Testing before arrival: From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours. If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    08.03.2021
  • Egypt Latest News: Authorities at Cairo International Airport will start suspending flights to Saudi Arabia from 3 February (Egypt Today, 03.02.2021). Flights between Egypt and Kuwait countries to resume (Gulf News, 13.12.2020). Authorities at Cairo International Airport started suspending flights to Saudi Arabia as of Wednesday 3 February, in accordance with a decision by Saudi Arabia as part of its precautionary measures to combat Coronavirus pandemic (Egypt Today, 03.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    *Testing before arrival: From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours. If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
    There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

    Read more
    12.02.2021
  • Egypt Latest News: Flights between Egypt and Kuwait countries to resume (Gulf News, 13.12.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Egypt: Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.
    The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    *Testing before arrival: From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.
    COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    *Testing in coastal governorates: Tourists arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours. If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
    There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    13.01.2021
  • Egypt Latest News: Civil aviation authority approves resumption of flights between Cairo and Moscow (06.09.2020). Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited. The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    Testing in coastal governorates: Travellers arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours.
    If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    14.09.2020
  • Egypt Civil aviation authority approves resumption of flights between Cairo and Moscow (06.09.2020). Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited. The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm specific requirements, including around PCR tests, well in advance of travel.
    **Testing in coastal governorates: Travellers arriving at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh that are unable to present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12-24 hours.
    If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    10.09.2020
  • Egypt Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited. The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. No other exemptions have been confirmed. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm time frames for undertaking PCR tests and what proof of testing needs to be presented before you travel.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    01.09.2020
  • Egypt Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited. The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Currently, all foreign travellers are required to present a negative PCR test certificate (from a test conducted within the preceding 72 hours) on arrival in Egypt. The only specified exemptions from PCR tests are for Egyptian nationals, and for foreign tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh. Foreign nationals wishing to travel from other parts of Egypt to the Red Sea, South Sinai and Marsa Matrouh governorates are only permitted to do so with a negative PCR test certificate. Tourists arriving directly in the Red Sea, South Sinai, and Marsa Matrouh can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel to other parts of Egypt without a negative PCR test certificate. For cross-governorate travel where a PCR test certificate is needed, this must be obtained from a test conducted within the preceding 72 hours prior to travel. From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6, of all nationalities, are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. No other exemptions have been confirmed. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm time frames for undertaking PCR tests and what proof of testing needs to be presented before you travel.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    28.08.2020
  • Egypt Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    The Egyptian government is permitting international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Currently, all foreign travellers are required to present a negative PCR test certificate (from a test conducted within the preceding 72 hours) on arrival in Egypt. The only specified exemptions from PCR tests are for Egyptian nationals, and for foreign tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh.

    Foreign nationals wishing to travel from other parts of Egypt to the Red Sea, South Sinai and Marsa Matrouh governorates are only permitted to do so with a negative PCR test certificate. Tourists arriving directly in the Red Sea, South Sinai, and Marsa Matrouh can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel to other parts of Egypt without a negative PCR test certificate. For cross-governorate travel where a PCR test certificate is needed, this must be obtained from a test conducted within the preceding 72 hours prior to travel.

    From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Egypt. Children under the age of 6, of all nationalities, are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. No other exemptions have been confirmed. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm time frames for undertaking PCR tests and what proof of testing needs to be presented before you travel.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    25.08.2020
  • Egypt Starting from 01 Sep 2020, passengers of all nationalities “including Egyptians” are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for (COVID-19) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
    (Egypt Air, 20.08.2020). Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited.
    The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks- check with your airline. The Egyptian authorities advise that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. From 15 August, Egypt will require all foreign travellers to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in the preceding 72 hours prior to arrival to Egypt. The only specified exemptions from PCR tests are for Egyptian nationals, and for foreign tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh. Tourists can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel to other parts of Egypt without a negative PCR test certification, obtained within 72 hours prior to travel. No other exemptions have been confirmed by the Egyptian authorities.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

    Read more
    21.08.2020
  • Egypt Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited.
    The Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks- check with your airline. The Egyptian authorities advise that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. From 15 August, Egypt will require all foreign travellers to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in the preceding 72 hours prior to arrival to Egypt. The only specified exemptions from PCR tests are for Egyptian nationals, and for foreign tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh. Tourists can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel to other parts of Egypt without a negative PCR test certification, obtained within 72 hours prior to travel. No other exemptions have been confirmed by the Egyptian authorities.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

    Read more
    10.08.2020
  • Egypt Authorities make COVID-19 testing mandatory for entering country, except for tourists on non-stop flights to several resort cities (Gulf News, 07.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Egypt remain very limited.
    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. From 15 August, Egypt will require all foreign travellers to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in the preceding 72 hours prior to arrival to Egypt. Tourists flying directly into the airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Allam), South Sinai (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Marsa Matrouh are exempt from the PCR test requirement. Tourists can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel to other parts of Egypt without a negative PCR test certification, obtained within 72 hours prior to travel. Foreign nationals wishing to travel from other parts of Egypt (excluding overseas transit arrivals) to the Red Sea, South Sinai and Marsa Matrouh governorates are only permitted to do so with a negative PCR test certification obtained within 72 hours prior to travel.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.

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    07.08.2020
  • Egypt EgyptAir urges passengers departing from Cairo to Dubai starting 12JUL20 to get a PCR tests (EI, 13.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
    Tourists flying into the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh can travel freely within these governorates, but there are restrictions in place preventing onward travel from these governorates to other parts of Egypt.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Egypt to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning.
    There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    17.07.2020
  • Egypt Italian flights to, from Egyptian airports to resume on 15 July (Egypt Independent, 22.06.2020). Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1. (VOA, 15.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. There are currently restrictions for tourists arriving in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh to travel to other governorates in Egypt.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.
    Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and movie theaters will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity. Restaurants and cafes will be required to close by 10:00 p.m., while other shops will be required to close by 9:00 p.m. Places of worship will be allowed to reopen for daily prayers from Sunday to Thursday. Places of worship will remain closed on Friday and Saturday. Public parks and beaches remain closed.

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    09.07.2020
  • Egypt Italian flights to, from Egyptian airports to resume on 15 July (Egypt Independent, 22.06.2020). Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1. (VOA, 15.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities have announced that, from 1 July, international flights will be permitted to and from Egyptian airports. On 19 March, Egyptian authorities announced the suspension of international flights. Egypt has suspended all international flights except humanitarian, repatriation, and United Nations flights with a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.Aircrafts in a state of emergency or making technical landings may also enter the country.

    From 01 July, domestic and international flights will be allowed to gradually resume. “ Non Egyptian “ travelers coming to Egypt will be located in either Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada and stay in these destinations and not allowed to travel to another city in Egypt. Travelers coming to Egypt from countries with high rates of coronavirus will be required to submit PCR test results to prove they are coronavirus-free before travelling. Passengers will be obligated to wear masks on board planes. MoH confirmed measures for travelers entering Egypt include: temperature will be taken upon arrival; If normal temperature , travellers will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days (they will have to sign a document agreeing to self-quarantine); If the fever is 37.5 degrees C or above, then the traveller will be obliged to do a rapid test. If negative, the traveller will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days, if positive, then they will be transported to the testing facility for a PCR swab. For transit passengers: temperature will be taken upon arrival; if the temperature is normal, no action will be taken. If they have fever 37.5 or above, then they will do the rapid test, the passenger will be allowed to take the onward flight, but MoH will notify the IHR focal point at the final destination for their action.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Starting on Saturday June 27, the nightly curfew will end. Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and movie theaters will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity. Restaurants and cafes will be required to close by 10:00 p.m., while other shops will be required to close by 9:00 p.m. Places of worship will be allowed to reopen for daily prayers from Sunday to Thursday. Places of worship will remain closed on Friday and Saturday. Public parks and beaches remain closed.

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    27.06.2020
  • Egypt Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1. (Voa, 15.06.2020)

    1. Flights to Egypt are suspended until 30 June 2020.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac, repatriation and United Nations flights.
    2. Nationals and residents of Egypt must complete a “Public Health Card” and present it to immigration upon arrival.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Curfew from 8pm to 4am next day. Egypt has suspended all international flights except humanitarian, repatriation, and United Nations flights with a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.Aircrafts in a state of emergency or making technical landings may also enter the country.
    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country. EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice. People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 7 days. All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined for 7 days.

    *****From 01 July, domestic and international flights will be allowed to gradually resume from 1 July. “ Non Egyptian “ travelers coming to Egypt will be located in either Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada and stay in these destinations and not allowed to travel to another city in Egypt. Travelers coming to Egypt from countries with high rates of coronavirus will be required to submit PCR test results to prove they are coronavirus-free before travelling. Passengers will be obligated to wear masks on board planes. MoH confirmed measures for travelers entering Egypt include: temperature will be taken upon arrival; If normal temperature , travellers will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days (they will have to sign a document agreeing to self-quarantine); If the fever is 37.5 degrees C or above, then the traveller will be obliged to do a rapid test. If negative, the traveller will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days, if positive, then they will be transported to the testing facility for a PCR swab. For transit passengers: temperature will be taken upon arrival; if the temperature is normal, no action will be taken. If they have fever 37.5 or above, then they will do the rapid test, the passenger will be allowed to take the onward flight, but MoH will notify the IHR focal point at the final destination for their action.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There is currently a curfew from 8pm to 4am as well as restrictions on public gatherings. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Egypt’s tourism ministry said 266 hotels and resorts have reopened in the country after receiving the hygiene safety certificate, a new requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Arab News, 20.06.2020)

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    20.06.2020
  • Egypt Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1. (Voa, 15.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Curfew from 8pm to 4am next day. Egypt has suspended all international flights except humanitarian, repatriation, and United Nations flights with a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.Aircrafts in a state of emergency or making technical landings may also enter the country.
    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country. EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice. People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 7 days. All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined for 7 days.

    *****From 01 July, domestic and international flights will be allowed to gradually resume from 1 July. “ Non Egyptian “ travelers coming to Egypt will be located in either Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada and stay in these destinations and not allowed to travel to another city in Egypt. Travelers coming to Egypt from countries with high rates of coronavirus will be required to submit PCR test results to prove they are coronavirus-free before travelling. Passengers will be obligated to wear masks on board planes. MoH confirmed measures for travelers entering Egypt include: temperature will be taken upon arrival; If normal temperature , travellers will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days (they will have to sign a document agreeing to self-quarantine); If the fever is 37.5 degrees C or above, then the traveller will be obliged to do a rapid test. If negative, the traveller will be asked to self-quarantine at residence for 14 days, if positive, then they will be transported to the testing facility for a PCR swab. For transit passengers: temperature will be taken upon arrival; if the temperature is normal, no action will be taken. If they have fever 37.5 or above, then they will do the rapid test, the passenger will be allowed to take the onward flight, but MoH will notify the IHR focal point at the final destination for their action.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Egyptian authorities’ response to the coronavirus is evolving, and local measures may change and new restrictions be introduced at short notice and without warning. There is currently a curfew from 8pm to 4am as well as restrictions on public gatherings. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance.

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    18.06.2020
  • Egypt CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1, the civil aviation minister said on Sunday, after suspending regular commercial flights in March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Mohamed Manar Anba told a news conference that flights would resume gradually at the airports from the start of July.

    He said foreign tourism would be limited to resorts in three coastal provinces, after the government said on Thursday it would reopen Egypt’s main seaside resorts for international flights and foreign tourists from July 1.

    Anba and Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani, who joined the news conference, outlined measures to be taken inside planes, at airports and in hotels to help to ensure the health and safety of foreign tourists.

    Travellers from countries with high rates of coronavirus infections, based on World Health Organization (WHO) assessments, need to be tested before coming to Egypt, the ministers said.

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    15.06.2020
  • Egypt Egypt will allow scheduled international flights and foreign tourists to some of its coastal areas that have been least affected by coronavirus starting from July 1. (Reuters, 11.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Egypt has suspended all international flights except humanitarian, repatriation, and United Nations flights with a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.Aircrafts in a state of emergency or making technical landings may also enter the country.
    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country. EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice. People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 7 days.
    All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined for 7 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    Internal restrictions:

    A night-time curfew is in place from 21.00 until 06.00 until 23 May. All public transport is closed during the curfew. From 24 to 29 May, the curfew will run between 17.00 and 06.00 coinciding with the six-day Eid holiday period. During those days, public transport will be halted and non-essential shops, restaurants and parks will continue to remain closed. Starting on 30 May and until further notice, the curfew will run from 20.00 to 06.00. All retail stores and shops remain open (including during the weekends) although they are required to close at 17.00. The state of emergency was extended on 28 April for at least three months. Curfew was also announced in some areas of North Sinai governorate from 19.00 to 06.00, with an exception to the capital of governorate al-Arish, where night-time curfew timing is 01.00-05.00.

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    11.06.2020
  • Egypt Government extends halt to all international passenger flights until further notice (Reuters, 19.05.2020) Egypt Reduces Mandatory Quarantine for Overseas Arrivals to Seven Days (Egyptian Streets, 19.05.2020) This does not apply to: a. Aircraft in state of emergency; b. Technical landing; c. Humanitarian, medevac or repatriation flights; d. United nations flights; e. Domestic flights. Except for aircraft in state of emergency, all other exemptions flights must obtain a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.

    International restrictions:

    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country after Qatar banned Egyptian citizens from entering the Gulf state. EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice. People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 14 days. All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined for 14 days in a place determined by the Health Ministry.

    Internal restrictions:

    Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5pm and halt public transport during the six-day Eid holiday from May 24. (Reuters, 17.05.2020) A night-time curfew is in place from 21.00 until 06.00 (local time) until further notice. All public transport is closed during the curfew. Shops and malls will only be allowed to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. Outside of those hours, and on Fridays and Saturdays, all shops and malls will be close. The state of emergency was extended on 28 April for at least three months. Curfew was also announced in some areas of North Sinai governorate from 19.00 to 06.00, with an exception to the capital of governorate al-Arish, where night-time curfew timing is 01.00-05.00.

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    21.05.2020
  • Egypt Flights to Egypt are suspended (Sources, Possibiliy of flight operations returing on 01JUN20). This does not apply to: a. Aircraft in state of emergency; b. Technical landing; c. Humanitarian, medevac or repatriation flights; d. United nations flights; e. Domestic flights. Except for aircraft in state of emergency, all other exemptions flights must obtain a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.

    International restrictions:

    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country after Qatar banned Egyptian citizens from entering the Gulf state. EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice. People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 14 days. All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined for 14 days in a place determined by the Health Ministry.

    Internal restrictions:

    Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5pm and halt public transport during the six-day Eid holiday from May 24. (Reuters, 17.05.2020) A night-time curfew is in place from 21.00 until 06.00 (local time) until further notice. All public transport is closed during the curfew. Shops and malls will only be allowed to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. Outside of those hours, and on Fridays and Saturdays, all shops and malls will be close. The state of emergency was extended on 28 April for at least three months. Curfew was also announced in some areas of North Sinai governorate from 19.00 to 06.00, with an exception to the capital of governorate al-Arish, where night-time curfew timing is 01.00-05.00.

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    18.05.2020
  • Egypt Flights to Egypt are suspended (Sources, Possibiliy of flight operations returing on 01JUN20).
    This does not apply to: a. Aircraft in state of emergency; b. Technical landing; c. Humanitarian, medevac or repatriation flights; d. United nations flights; e. Domestic flights.
    Except for aircraft in state of emergency, all other exemptions flights must obtain a pre-authorization from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.

    International restrictions:

    Egypt has banned Qataris from entering the country after Qatar banned Egyptian citizens from entering the Gulf state.
    EgyptAir has suspended its daily flights to Kuwait; flights to Khartoum (Sudan) are suspended until further notice.
    People who have been in Bahrain, China (Hong Kong and Macao SARs), France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, or Vietnam will be screened upon arrival, and followed up with for a period of 14 days.
    All returning citizens have to sign an acknowledgement agreeing to go through mandatory quarantine before allowed to board flights home. They will be quarantined in hotels at their own costs for 28 days but don’t need to pay for medical charges.

    Internal restrictions:

    A night-time curfew is in place from 21.00 until 06.00 (local time) until further notice. All public transport is closed during the curfew.
    All retail stores and shops remain open (including during the weekends) although they are required to close at 17.00.
    The state of emergency was extended on 28 April for at least three months.
    Curfew was also announced in some areas of North Sinai governorate from 19.00 to 06.00, with an exception to the capital of governorate al-Arish, where night-time curfew timing is 01.00-05.00.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
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