Where and how do you get an Egypt visa on arrival at Cairo International Airport?
Be forewarned, Cairo International Airport is overwhelming and frustrating. The last thing you want to do after a long international flight is run around in circles trying to understand how to get the Egypt visa that grants you entry to your destination. We suggest U.S. citizens becoming familiar with the U.S. Department of State’s country specific information prior to starting their journey. Also, register with the U.S. Department of State’s STEP program, which is a free service that helps the Department of State assist travelers in case of an emergency while abroad.
Follow these steps for a stress free entry into Egypt:
- When you get off the plane just follow the signs that direct you to baggage and customs.
- You will stumble upon the queue for passport control. It is not clear where or how you get the visa. If you look to the right of the queue you will see a kiosk for a money exchange. Next to this is a kiosk for the visa.
- You purchase the visa from this kiosk. Most likely other people from your flight will be doing the same thing.
- The cost of the visa is $25USD. You must pay in US Dollars. Bring exactly $25USD. There are no guarantees they will give you change if you pay more than $25. Better to come prepared with exactly $25.
- Once you have the visa (normally a rectangular sticker), proceed to passport control. We suggest refraining from putting the sticker in your passport book. Let the officer do that for you. Better safe than sorry.
- After your passport book has the visa inside with an entry stamp, you proceed to baggage collection.
- Please note that the stamp signifies the date of entry. When you exit Egypt at any border, they will stamp your book with an exit date. You will need to purchase another visa for re-entry.
Need more information about Egypt? Check out our Egypt travel guide.
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