Egypt retracts decision to ban visas upon arrival
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CAIRO: Egyptian Authorities postponed Thursday the implementation of a controversial decision to end the visa upon arrival system for individuals.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry has postponed the implementation of the new visa system following extensive consultations and discussions between the state’s stakeholders and chairmen of several travel agencies,” according to a foreign ministry statement Thursday.

On March 17, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that all travelers planning to enter Egypt, whether it be for business or tourism, would be required to obtain a visa from an Egyptian consulate or Embassy prior to departure from their home countries. It added the decision would enter into force May 15, 2015.

The proposed e-visa system would enable applicants to obtain their visas electronically after entering required information. Currently, those arriving for tourism from most European countries as well as the United States are able to purchase visas valid for one month at the Cairo Airport, which may then be extended in-country.

“The application of the new visa system will coincide with the implementation of the electronic visa system,” the ministry said Thursday, without mentioning any further details about the timeline of implementation.

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  1. milojka
    April 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    molimvas posto idem zimi cetiri meseca u hurghadu kod sinoviceu stan kakosu sad rezimi za vizu
    puno hvala molim vas odgovor

  2. Maureen Alice Norton
    April 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    We who are independent travellers to Egypt spend more money directly with the local communities rather than hand over our holiday cash to a tour company.

  3. David Bull
    April 3, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Thank God for common sense. I am a regular visitor to Luxor and I am intending to spend longer there when I retire later in the year,

  4. Shelli
    April 3, 2015 at 8:20 am

    my family and I will be coming in May 2016 can we get our Visa at the airport or do we get it at the Egyption Embassy in Los Angeles. We live in California. I’m confused about where to get it

  5. Josie Palmer
    April 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Perhaps we should start charging for tourists coming into Great Britain aswell.

  6. Chico
    April 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This whole fiasco shows the incompetence of the Egyptian government. There should be public disclosure about how and who made the original decision and announcement.

  7. Badreldin
    April 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    What about American Egyptians, in case the prior visa is implemented, will they be required to obtain visa on their US passports or they will granted entry as Egyptian origins.

  8. red0ak
    July 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Has any individual traveler been able to get a visa at Cairo airport recently? (As in June or July)

    Considering trip in late Aug?


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