COVID-19 Information

Last updated: June 12, 2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Egypt maintains 14-day quarantine periods and other preventative measures in all cases for people who test positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt.
  • Individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution.
  • New measures could be introduced at short notice.
  • For more information on COVID-19 in Egypt and Egypt Travel Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://egypt.travel/en/covid and https://www.egyptonlinevisa.com/travel-restrictions/.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Egypt? Yes, at numerous private testing centers, as well as the Central Public Health Lab.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes, at extra cost.  Most COVID-19 test providers offer 48-hour turnaround in Egypt, but faster service is possible at extra cost.
  • Delivery method and cost of COVID-19 testing ranges by provider. Average costs of tests in the main tourism cities are $30 for a PCR, 225 EGP for an Antigen Rapid test, and 1000 EGP for an ID NOW COVID-19 Test.
  • Please visit this list (in Arabic) of public hospitals in Egypt which offer COVID-19 tests. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo maintains a list of medical providers that U.S. citizens in Egypt have used in the past.  Individuals should contact the medical providers directly to determine if they offer COVID-19 testing.
  • The U.S. Embassy is also aware of several private companies offer COVID-19 testing, including Prime Speed Medical; VFS Global Sites; Al Mokhtabar Labs; Ain-Shams University Labs.
  • The U.S. Embassy does not endorse or recommend any provider.  Payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the individual and is not covered by the Government of Egypt.
  • The Government of Egypt established the following COVID-19 dedicated hotlines: 105– Ministry of Health Hotline (Press 1 for COVID-19 information; Arabic proficiency recommended); 15335 - Press 1 for Arabic. Press 2 for English.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Egypt approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Egypt for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, the media has reported that anyone over age 18, including foreign residents, can now register for the vaccine. There is limited supply of the vaccine available and the media reports that priority for the vaccine will go to the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
  • Which vaccines are available in Egypt?  AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Sinovac/VACSERA. Supplies of Sinopharm and Sputnik-V may also exist.
  • Patients can register online at https://egcovac.mohp.gov.eg/#/home.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. Please note all individuals traveling to and from Egypt including U.S. citizens are subject to the entry and exit requirements determined by the Egyptian Government.  The U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene on behalf of U.S. citizens or influence the decision of Egyptian authorities to allow entry or exit from Egypt.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • All passengers traveling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR, Antigen Rapid Test, or ID NOW test result for COVID-19 with Quick Response (QR) code, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time.
    • It is reported that the Government of Egypt will allow travelers to enter with proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination.  The vaccination certificate must have a valid QR code or be certified from the Egyptian embassy/consulate at the country of departure. The vaccine received must be approved by the WHO and the Egyptian Drug Authority, and you must have received the second dose for vaccinations requiring two doses or the first dose for vaccinations requiring only one dose at least 14 days prior to entering Egypt.  The following COVID-19 vaccines are accepted to travel to Egypt: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Sputnik V. For more information on required vaccinations for travel to Egypt, please visit https://www.visa-egypt.com/articles/egypt-travel-vaccinations.
      • Note:  most U.S. vaccination cards, including those issued by the Centers for Disease Control, do not include a QR code required by the Government of Egypt, and, as a result most U.S. vaccination cards are not accepted by Egyptian authorities.
    • If a vaccination certificate is unavailable, it is reported that the Government of Egypt will accept a certified, negative PCR, Antigen Rapid Test, or ID NOW test result that was performed at your country of departure a maximum of 72 hours prior to the departure of your direct flight to Egypt. The test result must be by an approved laboratory, be written in Arabic or English, and contain a QR-code.
      • Passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports.
      • The U.S. Embassy has received anecdotal reports that some travelers have been denied entry when their PCR test was performed more than 96 hours prior to the departure of their connecting flight.
      • Travelers must present paper copies of the test results with QR code; digital copies will not be accepted.
      • Children under the age of twelve of all nationalities are exempt.
    • Please contact the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. or the nearest Consulate for updated information concerning Egyptian government policies and with your specific questions regarding required proof of vaccination and COVID-19 testing timelines.
    • Note: it is not possible to enter Egypt with proof of recovery from COVID-19. Currently, all overseas passengers need proof of one of the following: Negative COVID-19 PCR test result or full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • If you remain in Egypt beyond the one-month duration of your tourist visa, you are allowed to be present for 14 additional days without incurring a fine.  Beyond this you will have to go to an office of the Passports, Emigration & Nationality Administration to update your visa status and pay the fine before you will be allowed to exit Egypt.  For those in the Greater Cairo area, the office is located in Abbassiya.  While Egyptian immigration officers may grant waivers of some overstay fines for travelers who remained in Egypt because they were unable to depart the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an Egyptian immigration officer will make this determination on a case-by-case basis.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. However, anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt is required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers on direct flights to the airports following can take a PCR test on arrival rather than before departure: Hurghada (HRG), Marsa Alam (RMF), Sharm El Sheikh (SSH), or Taba (TCP). Travelers who test on arrival should stay in their hotel room until they receive the result. Individuals are generally notified of the result in 12 to 24 hours. In case of a positive result, self-isolation for 14 days is mandatory. The traveler covers the cost of this test.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution.
  • New measures could be introduced at short notice.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services is accepting appointments for passports, notary services, Certificate Records of Birth Abroad, and marriage affidavits.  Non-emergency services are available by appointment.  You can schedule an appointment directly through our online system by visiting our website.
  • Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visa services are available but limited.  For questions about nonimmigrant visas, please visit U.S. Embassy Cairo’s nonimmigrant visa page or email ConsularCairoNIV@state.gov.  For questions about immigrant visas, please email ConsularCairoIV@state.gov.   The Embassy will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

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