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Die aktuellen Einreisebestimmungen für Ägypten, Bild: AlexAnton / shutterstock

Autumn vacation in Egypt 2021 – These are the official Corona and entry rules

Egypt – the land of pharaohs, pyramids and eternal dunes. The impressive history of the country is always worth a trip. Autumn in particular attracts many tourists to the historic cities and endless beaches. Now is the time to apply for the Egypt visa for Germans and to keep an eye on the Corona regulations.

Egypt, here I come! – Visa requirements for German citizens

An Egypt visa is a must for all members of the European Union. With a German passport, you have several options. The visa on arrival is very classic. German arrivals apply for a visa at the Egyptian border. This must be paid in cash, as the border authorities do not accept debit or credit cards. The Egypt visa on arrival is practical, but time-consuming. Especially on short vacations, valuable time is wasted queuing.

So it is easier to apply for an eVisa right away. This is not only quick online and without a visit to the local Egyptian embassy, but also saves a lot of time on site. When entering the country, German citizens with eVisa are immediately guided through border control. So the holiday can start relaxed.

When applying for the Egypt visa, it is first important to decide on the right visa. For an autumn holiday in Egypt, a one-time visa is sufficient. This allows the traveler to move freely in Egypt for a maximum of 30 days at a time. After that, the country must be left again. However, if you can’t get enough of Egypt, you can also apply for a multiple-entry visa. For example, a German passport can be used to enter and leave Egypt several times within 180 days. However, as with the single visa, the stay is limited to 30 continuous days.

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How to apply for the Egypt visa correctly – it’s that easy

The application for the eVisa should be submitted at least one week before the start of the trip. This requires a scanned and digitized German passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of entry into Egypt. In addition, applicants will need a valid debit or credit card to pay the application fee and a valid email address to which the decision will be sent. The full name listed in the passport, nationality, date of birth, passport data (passport number, expiry date, date of issue), and the current telephone number are required as information. The itinerary and the addresses and names of the hotels in which you will stay must also be indicated. Last but not least, information about the current state of health and possible criminal records is requested.

Once the Egypt visa has been approved, the eVisa must be printed in order to be able to show it to the border authorities in Egypt. Germans with dual citizenship must make sure to apply for the eVisa with the passport they will use to enter Egypt. Otherwise, entry will be refused. Then the long queue at the border control beckons.

These entry rules apply to the Egypt vacation 2021

Visa for Egypt
A visa is required to enter Egypt, Image: GagoDesign / shutterstock

Each holiday consists of three stages: entry, holiday and departure. In connection with COVID-19, there are other regulations in addition to the visa that must be observed. In order for the autumn holiday in Egypt to be as relaxing as possible, it is important to comply with the following Corona rules.

In principle, anyone who wants to go to Egypt must either be fully vaccinated or test negative. When flying in from Germany, travellers must present their COVID certificate incl. Show your QR code. It is important that it is a WHO-approved vaccine and that all official regulations of the issuing country have been complied with.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon entry – from Frankfurt not older than 96 hours. Children under the age of six are exempt. In order for the test to be evaluated on site, the test result must be issued in English or Arabic. Some Egyptian authorities also require a QR code to view the test result. Therefore, when booking the test, attention should be paid to the issue format of the result. It is important that the time and collection of the swab are specified in detail. At the airports of Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Marsa Matrouh , it is currently possible to take a PCR test for a fee. Until a negative test result is available, the subsequent quarantine in the hotel room is a must.

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Corona in Egypt – These are the local regulations

Whether on the beach in Safaga or on a trip to Cairo, strict rules of conduct and distance currently apply in Egypt. Wearing a mouth-and-nose mask is mandatory in public. Due to the ban on gatherings, there are additional restrictions in hotels, holiday resorts, beaches, restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, museums and sights. Sporadic health checks, temperature measurements and COVID tests are carried out. Anyone who shows symptoms of illness or tests positive will be quarantined in a local hospital for a fee.

Entry rules from Egypt to Germany

The 3G rule still applies to everyone who wants to enter Germany: proven to be fully vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative. Vaccinated persons can show the same vaccination card that they brought with them when leaving Germany. As a recovered person, official proof with a QR code must be presented. If a traveler has been infected with the corona virus during his stay in Egypt and has recovered, the proof of recovery must be issued at least in English in order to be accepted by the authorities in Germany. Non-vaccinated persons must show a negative PCR or antigen test.

Since Egypt is currently classified as a high-risk area, travelers must register digitally at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before boarding their return flight. Unvaccinated people must then enter a 10-day quarantine, which can be shortened to five days with a negative test. Exceptions are children under 12 years of age; for them, the quarantine ends after five days, even without a test.