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Traveling to Egypt during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

CNN logo CNN 5/9/2022 CNN Staff
a person riding a horse in a desert: Visiting the Pyramids of Giza is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. © Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images Visiting the Pyramids of Giza is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you're planning to travel to Egypt, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Egypt is open to almost all visitors, although there are requirements for vaccination proof or a negative Covid test.

What's on offer

Egypt is full of big hitters: the Pyramids at Giza, sensational museums and cafe culture in Cairo, not to mention some of the finest diving in the world in the Red Sea. Explore the desert through some of North Africa's best hiking trails or take it easy at five star resorts complete with private beaches that slide gently into azure water. Cairo's long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum is now scheduled for opening in November 2022.

Who can go

All travelers can enter Egypt providing they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers can also enter provided they've recently tested negative or, at some Red Sea destinations, are willing to pay for a negative test on arrival.

Entry requirements

Travelers who can show acceptable proof of full vaccination, or a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours of departure, can enter. They must submit details of vaccination or negative test digitally at least two days before starting their trip.

Those arriving in the coastal governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea and Marsa Matrouh can choose to take a test on arrival and then isolate while awaiting the results, at a cost of $30. Those found to be positive must isolate for 14 days in a dedicated area of their hotel.

Most countries need an e-visa to visit Egypt, available here.

US CDC travel advisory:

Level: Unknown. Avoid travel if you're not fully vaccinated and/or you're likely to get very sick from Covid.

Useful links

Government health website

Egyptian government

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