Editor’s Note: Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on August 4.
If you’re planning to travel to Egypt, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Egypt is open to almost all visitors, although there are requirements for vaccination proof or a negative Covid test.
What’s on offer
Egypt is full of big hitters: the Pyramids at Giza, sensational museums and cafe culture in Cairo, not to mention some of the finest diving in the world in the Red Sea. Explore the desert through some of North Africa’s best hiking trails or take it easy at five star resorts complete with private beaches that slide gently into azure water. Cairo’s long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum is now scheduled for opening in November 2022.
Who can go
All travelers can enter Egypt providing they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers can also enter provided they’ve recently tested negative or, at some Red Sea destinations, are willing to pay for a negative test on arrival.
You are no longer required to show proof of vaccination to enter Egypt.
Most countries need an e-visa to visit Egypt, available here.
US CDC travel advisory:
Level 1: Low level of Covid in Egypt.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Barry Neild contributed to this report