COVID-19 Information

Last updated: July 20, 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COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.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 the Egyptian Tourism Authority website 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? No.
    • Passengers traveling to Egypt are not required to take a COVID-19 test to fly to Egypt. Egypt’s COVID-19 entry restrictions were lifted on June 17, 2022. Previously, travelers who did not have a valid vaccination certificate needed to take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test before flying.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
  • 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.

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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