Egypt aiming for 'seamless' travel with new e-visa system

Egypt's new e-visa service

Egypt has introduced a new e-visa service promising near “seamless” travel from the UK.

The Egyptian government said it wanted to simplify travel and speed up waits at border control, offering an alternative to applications upon arrival or through the Egyptian Consulate prior to travel.

Citizens from 46 countries across Europe, Asia and Australasia will be eligible.

The e-visas can be obtained through a simple online application form.

A single-entry tourist visa costs $25 (£19) while multiple-entry tourist visas cost $60 (£45), payable by credit or debit card.

E-visas are valid for a maximum of three months. Travellers are advised to apply at least seven days in advance of departure.

Entry requirements include a passport valid for at least another eight months and a print out of the e-visa, as well as your proposed itinerary and details of accommodation.

Amr El Ezabi, Egyptian State Tourist Authority director UK and Ireland, 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.”