Egypt has launched a new e-visa service that allows travellers to obtain their travel authorization for the country entirely electronically.
Australia is one of 46 nations including the US, UK and NZ to be granted access to the new system, which provides a simple alternative to arranging visas upon arrival into Egypt or through an Egyptian Consulate prior to travel – and anyone who’s ever had to obtain a visa upon arrival at a bustling airport knows what a time-consuming task this can be.
Payable by credit or debit card, a single-entry tourist visa costs US$25 (AU$34) while a multiple-entry tourist visa costs $60 ($81).
Once approved, the link to your e-visa will be emailed to you, at which point you can print the document. Immigration officers will also be able to verify your e-visa in their system.
The Egyptian Government recommends travellers apply for their e-visa at least seven days prior to departure.
“We want travel to Egypt to be as seamless as possible and in the digital age, this new e-visa system is an important step towards simplifying the process,” Egyptian State Tourist Authority UK director Amr El Ezabi said.
“Latest tourism figures have shown a significant rise in arrivals and we hope that this trend continues as more people are encouraged to visit our diverse nation.”
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