Brits travelling to Egypt could find it easier than ever to sort out their tourist visa, as the country just gave its application process a major update.
The government has introduced a new e-Visa service meaning that UK citizens can now obtain their visa through an online application, before they travel.
Up until now, tourists had to either head to the Egyptian Consulate prior to travel, or sort their application upon arrival at the airport.
However this way means you could be sorting your visa and ticking off another item on the holiday to-do list, before you’ve even set off – although the other two options will still be available for those who prefer them.
You’ll have to make the application at least seven days before your departure, and to enter Egypt you’ll need a passport that’s valid for at least eight months, a printout of your e-visa and your travel itinerary, with accommodation details.
A single-entry tourist visa is priced at $25, while a multiple entry tourist visa is priced at $60, with payment required on a credit or debit card.
You can apply for a visa and get more details on the Visa2Egypt website.
The new visa system isn’t just for Brits – in fact, the government has opened the system to residents from 46 countries across Europe, Asia and Australasia, in the hope to simplify the process at border control.
Amr El Ezabi, Director UK & Ireland for the Egyptian Tourist Authority said: “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.
“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.”
While parts of Egypt are re-opening to tourists, it’s worth checking the latest FCO travel advice on Egypt before you book a trip and before you travel, as the Foreign Office does advise against travel in certain areas.