COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 12/03/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of the evening of December 2, there were 116,724 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,694 deaths in Egypt. Egypt is implementing 14-day quarantine periods and other preventative measures in all cases.
  • Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and movie theaters are currently allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity.
  • Restaurants and cafes are required to close by midnight, while other shops, including grocery stores, are required to close by 10:00 pm.
  • Starting August 28, Friday prayers are scheduled to reopen at some mosques under strict preventative measures; mosques have been open for daily prayers with the exception of Friday prayers. A ban on funerals and marriage ceremonies remains in place. The Coptic Orthodox Church announced Friday mass will resume on September 11; churches have been open for mass every day except Friday. Houses of worship are restricting attendance and practicing recommendations for hygiene and social distancing.
  • Public parks and beaches remain closed.
  • The academic year for public schools and universities will begin on October 17, and the Ministry of Higher Education announced that universities will begin the academic year using a “hybrid” education model.
  • International schools are not required to adhere to the October 17 timeline so they may open earlier or have a different operating status.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • The Egyptian Government has announced that all passengers travelling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time.  However, passengers travelling 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.  Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt. Additionally, we have been informed that incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival. Please contact the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. or the nearest Consulate for updated information concerning Egyptian government policies.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • 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 (here). The Abbassiya office has reduced hours due to COVID-19 and is open from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. 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? Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Government of Egypt established a COVID-19 dedicated hotline at 105 15335 or 15469 (Arabic proficiency recommended) that can be consulted for up-to-date information about COVID-19 testing. On March 9, the Government of Egypt also announced that it would provide COVID-19 tests at a cost of 70 USD for foreigners and 1,050 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians. In May the Government of Egypt provided this list in Arabic of public hospitals in Egypt offering the test. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo also maintains a list of medical providers on our website 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. COVID-19 tests are also currently offered by private companies. For example, PCR swab tests are offered at a cost of 3,000 Egyptian pounds per test by AlMokhtabar labs. Results are available within 24 hours. Ain-Shams University labs also provides testing at a cost of 3,000 Egyptian pounds for foreigners and 1,500 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians. Payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the individual and is not covered by the Government of Egypt.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Fines may be assessed for non-compliance with the mandate to wear masks in public.

Consular Operations:

  • All routine consular services for American citizens, including routine notarial and passport services, are suspended. However, you can drop off your ballot request or voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on business days (Sunday-Thursday) between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. A contact-free ballot drop box is located at the consular entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo (5 Tawfik Diab St). For additional information please see the Voter Information for U.S. Citizens alert on our website.  We do not have an estimate as to when any other routine consular services will resume. Passport services will only be provided on an emergency basis, which normally includes travel.  If you believe you have an urgent need to apply for a passport please email ConsularCairoACS@state.gov explaining your situation, and we will consider your request. You should provide proof of your upcoming urgent travel (booked ticket) if you have it. Please also include your name, DOB, passport number, and a phone number. You will receive a response within three business days. If you need to request an emergency appointment and cannot wait three business days for a response, please call the Embassy operator and ask to speak with the ACS section. From Egypt, dial 02-2797-3300 to reach the Embassy operator. From the U.S., dial 301-985-8852.
  • Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are suspended. We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. For Nonimmigrant visa information, please visit U.S. Embassy Cairo’s nonimmigrant visa page or email ConsularCairoNIV@state.gov. For Immigrant visa information, please visit U.S. Embassy Cairo’s immigrant visa page or email ConsularCairoIV@state.gov.

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