Last updated: 1/18/2021
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- As of the evening of January 17, 2021, 156,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,583 deaths in Egypt were acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and Population. Egypt is implementing 14-day quarantine periods and other preventative measures in all cases. ICU occupancy rates remain near 90 percent.
- The Government of Egypt has announced that commencing Sunday, January 3, 2021, individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution.
- All indoor weddings, funerals, festivals, or other mass gatherings are canceled indefinitely.
- Starting Sunday, January 3, 2021, businesses such as restaurants and cafes have been ordered to reduce the number of patrons to 50 percent of capacity or less, with penalties of 4,000 LE to temporary business closures.
- On August 28, Friday prayers reopened at some mosques under strict preventative measures; mosques have been open for daily prayers with the exception of Friday prayers.
- On December 5, the Coptic Church of Egypt suspended in-person services through the end of December. Catholic churches remain in operation.
- All public schools are required to shift to virtual learning until February 20.
- 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 72 hours? Most test providers offer 48-hour turnaround. Faster service is possible at extra cost.
- The Government of Egypt provides COVID-19 tests at a cost of 1,680 Egyptian Pounds for foreigners and 1,260 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians.
- Please visit this list of Arabic 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 the following private companies which offer PCR tests: Prime Speed Medical (2,400 Egyptian pounds); VFS Global Sites; Al Mokhtabar labs (PCR swab tests are offered at a cost of 3,000 Egyptian pounds per test and results are available within 24 hours); Ain-Shams University Labs (3,000 Egyptian pounds for foreigners and 1,500 Egyptian pounds for Egyptians).
- 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.
- Delivery of test results varies by provider. Some are able to email results within 24 hours.
- 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. Sinopharm’s vaccine has been approved on an emergency use basis. Approval for the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected by the end of January.
- The United States 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.
- The media has announced in severalarticles that the COVID-19 vaccine registration website is active. The Government of Egypt also maintains a website to register to take place in clinical trials.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- 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.
- 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.
- Although we understand the PCR testing policy to require a test result performed no more than 96 hours before the original departing flight, we have 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; digital copies will not be accepted.
- Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt.
- Incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival.
- The Embassy is unable to confirm if your specific health insurance policy will be accepted as proof of insurance by the Egyptian authorities and is unable to confirm whether your proposed flight itinerary and the date of your PCR test complies with Egyptian government policy.
- 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 insurance and PCR testing timelines.
- 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. 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Travelers to Sharm El Sheikh are allowed to arrive without a PCR test and then be tested upon arrival. In this situation the travelers have to quarantine until the test results are known and then isolate if the test results are positive. Travelers who arrive with to any location in Egypt with a negative PCR test are not required to quarantine.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Face masks are required.
Fines for Non-Compliance
- Individuals who do not adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing a mask indoors may be subject to an immediate fine or prosecution.
- American Citizen Services is accepting limited appointments for passports, notary services, Certificate Records of Birth Abroad, and marriage affidavits. If you would like to request an appointment or you are a U.S. citizen in Egypt who needs assistance, please email ConsularCairoACS@state.gov with the service you are requesting. Please include your name, date of birth, passport number, and a phone number.
- Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are suspended. The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. The Embassy is also accepting nonimmigrant visa renewals for applicants age 50 and older through the Interview Waiver Program. If you think you may qualify for an emergency appointment or for a renewal through the Interview Waiver Program, please visit US Travel Docs for more information. 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.
- 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 https://www.facebook.com/egypt.mohp/ (Arabic only). The Government of Egypt has also provided a COVID-19 dedicated hotline at 105 or 15335 for additional inquiries (Arabic proficiency recommended).
- Other links:
COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Consular Issues
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