The Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry announced that, starting August 15, foreign visitors to Egypt must have a negative PCR test for COVID-1, at most 72 hours before arriving on Egyptian territory. Egyptian citizens, and tourists travelling to coastal tourist governorates (Red Sea, South Sinai, and Matrouh) are exempt.

To comply with social distancing guidelines imposed by both the U.S. and Egyptian governments, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo continues to provide only emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice.  Limited passport services can be provided on an emergency basis, which normally includes urgent travel.  If you require an emergency passport please contact to request an appointment, and be prepared to provide proof of your upcoming urgent travel (purchased ticket).  We will announce the resumption of scheduling for these services when resources and local conditions allow.  We regret the inconvenience.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo encourages U.S. citizens seeking COVID-19 medical information to reference the Government of Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population’s social media accounts at  (Arabic only).  The Government of Egypt has also provided a COVID-19 dedicated hotline at 105 15335 or 15469 for additional inquiries (Arabic proficiency recommended).

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Egypt to adhere to local quarantine and curfew measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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