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All Travellers Now Need A Visa Before Entering Egypt

All Travellers Now Need A Visa Before Entering Egypt

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All travellers hoping to enter Egypt, whether it be for business or tourism, will be required to obtain a visa from an Egyptian consulate or Embassy prior to departure from their home countries.

According to Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organised tourist groups, through Egyptian travel agencies or travel agencies approved by the government, will be exempted from this requirement.

The Ministry added that the decision will come to force from 15 May 2015 and will remain indefinitely.

Previously, many travellers visiting Egypt were exempt from having to obtain a visa prior to arrival and could simply obtain it at the airport in Egypt.

According to Ahram Online, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees this as an attempt to protect its borders.

“This is an act of state sovereignty. Every country has the right to protect its borders,” said the Ministry’s spokesperson to Ahram Online.

Egypt, lately, has expressed concerns of foreign militants coming to the Sinai and fighting along ISIS-affiliated militants.

It is not yet clear what impact this move will have on tourism, however tourism officials, includingEgypt’s Federation of Tourism Chambers, have expressed concerns.

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  • I have got transit visa of Egypt yesterday which is valid till 26 August and I am allowed to stay 7 days with this transit visa .But if I enter Egypt 24 August then can I stay there for 7 days or not because my visa is valid till 26 August. Please help and guide me with rules of stay or exit after validity dates of visa for Egypt

    Thanks , Divya

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  • Maha Taqayya

    The real reason why they are requiring foreigner to obtain visas prior to their arrival (just reascended) is to prevent the foreign human rights organizations from investigating government abuses committed against the population. It is really that simple. Everything else said are just excuses to cover the real motives.

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  • crescent5

    Best decision I’ve seen. To those who are saying “Europeans can’t be terrorists, Europeans are our tourists”, have you seen the numbers of Daesh members coming from France, Russia, Britain and Belgium? These people can enter Cairo and buy a visa at the airport, with no one being the wiser. Congratulations to the Egyptian government for taking the steps to keep us SAFE. Without security, the tourism industry will suffer anyway.

  • Commander_Chico

    It makes me laugh reading these comments by Egyptian ultranationalists talking about “sovereignty” and how tough European visa processes are. They think they are “winning” the argument.

    The argument is in the economic market, not by words, and Egypt will lose there. It’s already tough to attract people to Egypt because of things like the Luxor tourist massacre and the more recent incidents in Egypt and the region (Tunisia).

    If they are inclined to travel in the region at all, travelers will choose other destinations, like Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, or Turkey rather than put up with burdensome visa procedures.

    Get ready for more hotel closings, more restaurant closings, and more unemployed people in Egypt. Smart move, CC.

  • Key

    On September 24, 2014, Obama mentioned in his speech in the United Nations general assembly, that extremist ideology has shifted particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, where a quarter of young people have no job, where food and water could grow scarce, where corruption is rampant and sectarian conflicts have become increasingly hard to contain.

    Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi addressed the United Nations General Assembly’s 69th Session, by stressing that “Terrorism is a plague that does not differentiate in its spread between developing and developed societies.”

    The recent terror attacks in France, Australia, Belgium, US and Canada, is proving what El-Sisi said. In addition, looking at past history, terror attacks are the result of the West providing all means and facilities for terrorism growth on its territories and they imported terrorism by their own free will. The Iraq and Libya invasion also participated a great deal in turning these two countries to a fertile ground for terrorism growth.

    Egypt, constantly warned the west from providing safe haven to extremists and terrorists, before the 9/11 and continue to do so till this minute, on official and non official levels.

    Poverty and ignorance can be one of many reasons of a person turning to a terrorist, but we cannot generalize the issue and also we cannot say for definite that this is the main reason. Not every one suffering from poverty, ignorance or corruption, becomes a terrorist!

    Terrorists who committed recent terror attacks in the west, carried European nationalities, and were moving freely in Europe, despite that some of them were wanted and on terrorists lists! Also despite their living conditions whether they were employed or unemployed, they were enjoying the “democracy” and “freedom” of what they call “the “civilized democratic world”. They didn’t have any water or food scarcely growing, they didn’t have rampant corruption or sectarian conflicts hard to contain, like Obama mentioned. So what turned them to terrorists?

    If there are extremists or terrorists from middle east origin, living in the west, who allowed them to be there? Isn’t it a fact that some of these terrorists are wanted in their own native countries for committing terror attacks, and they were granted foreign citizenship under the claim of their violated human rights and escaping from oppression and tyranny in their own countries?

    People around the globe who protest now against Islam and Muslims, should instead protest against their own governments, who in fact gave safe haven to these extremists. They should protest against the United States and NATO invasion to Iraq and Libya, not just for spreading terrorism, but also for wasting tax payers money and lying to their own citizens about the real motive of invasion. They should protest against their own governments and ask them, where are they spending the tax money payers? If they are spending it on national security purpose, who is responsible for terrorists moving freely in Europe, while they were already on terrorists list?!

    Now Egypt is taking matters into their own hands by taking security measures in protecting its citizens as well as foreigners and we have people challenging and disrespecting Egypt and Egypt’s long awaited new tourism visa law without researching the real state this country is going through?

    Has Egypt gotten any support from the West or the world community? No, Egypt didn’t get any support. On the contrary, the West supported terrorism against Egypt. Hypocrisy and double standards are implemented when it comes to Egypt fighting Terrorism at any level. It’s clearly visible in the comments of a few western commenters right below. Tahya Misr!

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  • Paula McLoughlin Boswell-Joine

    This will kill your airline Egyptair, which mostly carries independant travellers and also last minute travellers

    • Key

      Really? So Egyptair only travels to an from Egypt? Wow I also wasn’t aware that Egyptair was the only airservice flying to Egypt. Very smart comment

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      I doubt that very much. Egyptair even 4 years post revolution is running better than some European airlines. It also is the only airline offering Europeans traveling to Egypt, for example, to take 2 suitcases at 23kgs each where BA and the other airlines allows one.

  • EgyptianUK

    So for someone like me, who owns property in Egypt and is married to an Egyptian but works in the UK (because of the dire work situation in Egypt) and commutes back to Egypt every 2 weeks, my travel will no longer be possible because I can’t buy a visa on arrival.
    We have looked at a married persons visa before, but the visa office wants to keep my passport for a week. Anyone who’s dealt with an Egyptian government office will understand why I’m not prepared to hand over my passport (and my only way out of the country) over to them for a week.
    Well done Egypt. Yet another half arsed, not thought through policy.

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      If you are married to an Egyptian you do not need a visa. Surely you know this.
      Unless it is an Urfi marriage which is not legal of course.

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      Also if you are not an urfi wife and a legal property owner meeting the criteria and registered you would automatically get a resident visa for 1 year renewable. What is your problem? You are not a tourist are you.

  • Mr Lebowski (The Dude)

    Nothing wrong with asking for visas in advance. Lots of countries do that. I have recently travelled to Australia, Vietnam and Turkey which all required me to get a visa prior to arrival. HOWEVER, all those countries allowed me to complete the process online from the comfort of my own home. I certainly did not have to travel, or send off my passport, to distant embassies and consulates. By all means ask for a visa (they already charge you for one on arrival). But make it as easy as possible – you need the tourists!

  • Alaa Eldin Tamer

    that’s one of the most stupid decisions taken by our stupid government.

  • mohamed

    so if im egyptian american but i like to use american passport . still need visa?

  • Illuminati

    I read all 78 comments below, so frustrating. We obviously have people who will be impacted negatively by this, either foreign residents of Egypt who reply on tourist visas for entry, or visitors who can’t find Egyptian consulates with close proximity.
    There is also a punch of Ultra Nationalists here who took it upon themselves to be tasked with justifying every action this government takes, even the most unreasonable.
    Let me tell these guys why this stupid decision is unreasonable:
    1. You are begging tourists to come in, in situations such as these, countries think of eliminating visa requirements, not restricting them.
    2. You guys assume that dealing with Egyptian consulates is a smooth sail, well, its not. They are just as bad as getting your ID issues in Egypt. I’m a dual citizen and have a request pending with them for 5 freaking months, they wont even return my calls (speaking of that, ill call and give them hell tomorrow).
    3. You claim that this helps Egypt becomes a safer place. Well, not really. It would make sense if Egypt would have required certain individuals from certain countries to get Visas prior to arrival. Or if Egypt required that airlines pass along passenger data prior to take off, giving Egy more time to know who is coming. But asking EVERYONE to finagle with the Egyptian diplomatic mission prior to visiting is not business friendly.
    4. Can a to-be terrorist contact a travel agency in his country of residency, get in the plane with the group, get a visa at the airport, then goes to do his deed? I don’t see why not. In fact, this restrictions has nothing to do with security, it was meant to avoid repeating the Michelle Dunn ordeal at Cairo airport.
    5. Do not compare your experience at the US or UK embassy and require we do the same. We are a poor country who doesn’t have affluent tourists, so the west imposes these restrictions or they will end up with mass migration. It is not for security though because US citizens visit Europe with no Visa, and vice versa.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      Well said. It’s a step backwards. They should at least do it with the help of technology, have it already in place and fully functional. As the article states, even Egypt’s Federation of Tourism Chambers is concerned.

      • Illuminati

        I hear you. But it seems to me that tourism is the least of their concerns. The local news is full of fear mongering about Egypt’s war on terror, which is very bad for tourists, all while the ministry of foreign affairs asks euro government to lift travel bans. These guys are incoherent and inconsistent. Funny thing is, they eliminated Visa requirements for citizens of south Sudan few months ago, as if this would boost tourism !!

        Again, this is decision is either the product of the neo-nationalist govt of egy, or indeed to stop activists and NGO workers from visiting freely. And for the foreigners residing I’m Egypt, my heart goes out to you

        • Key

          That’s very misleading information. Foreign press is suffering from diarhea of the mouth and constipation of ideas. Local news however are correcting what the foreign media (aljazeera included – CNN mini me) and terrorist brotherhood are saying about Egypt which translates to 100% fictional news. Notice the terrorist brotherhood and foreign media are singing the same tune over and over about Egypt. Always trying to portray Egypt as a terror zone, exaggerating or flat out lyin about each and every incident the terror brotherhood do while in reality it is not what it appears to be. Are you not aware of the brotherhood terrorists faking injuries, throwing children off rooftops, killing their own, blowing themselves up and ALL of this gets blamed on Egyptian security forces and police who are risking their lives protecting foreigners and citizens alike?? Then you get Aljazeera and foreign news supporting this fake information lying to their own citizens about the reality? Whose the one attacking tourism Egypt or Foreign Press????

    • Onewhofixes

      This is so true man! I live in egypt and placed my children in school there but I travel for business since I have not a work visa just student visa. Nevertheless, circumstantially I may have to stay in America longer due to slow business or whatever. As a result my visa may be up for renewal but I can’t make it back in time but I relied on being able to re enter smoothly without hassle. It’s ashame because me and my family support erupts economics . We rent, by their food, clothes, rent their cars, etc… But I guess they don’t see the detriments of their decision .

      • Illuminati

        Evidently they don’t give a crap. I just hope to god there is a consulate near you and that they pick up their phone.

  • Ralph Hawkins

    It will make travel to Egypt more difficult and that does not benefit tourism. There should be a better way to handle it IMHO.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      It’s an old-school tactic. Like Illuminati writes, what stop wanna-be terrorists to get on the tourist group bandwagon? It achieves nothing.

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus

    And while foreigners are whining about tighter controls to visa regulations in Egypt 8 tourists have been massacred in Tunisia! Maybe now they will think again about how the Egyptian government is trying to safeguard all of us.

    • nikki319

      Hmmm cos ISIS members can’t be part of holiday groups Lol. Unless Egypt adopts an eVisa system similar to Turkey then stand backand watch chaos until people vote with their feet and book else where. Compare it to the way Egyptian s have to apply for visas if you like but end of the day its their tourism sector that will suffer. Funny after achieving major international investment for the new capital that this is announced

      • Key

        Turkey is the distrubution arm transporting ISIS recruits from Europe and shipping them to Syria, Iraq and now Libya. What is an eVisa system good for if these governments in Turkey and out West are supporting Terrorism?! It’s all about the intention and Egypt is heading in the right direction.

        • 4giveand4getclowns

          The intention is right; the method isn’t. Now I’ll write this at everyone of my post so people don’t think I’m gratuitously attacking Egypt and its government decisions: the new visa regulations may need amending.

          • Key

            I understand your point and that could be the next step however as mentioned previously if you understood the magnitude of what Egypt is up against the main focus is security. For example, if your child is threatened with his/her life from going to school are you going to look into elearning right away and how they are going to adapt to the new way of performing their homework or take action as to ensure your kid’s safety and well being in the home and outside first?

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus

    This is just one example of a British person abusing the system. There are 1000’s more. This one is working without a work permit. If you are working without a work permit then you are working illegally and not paying taxes.

    http://www.expatforum.com/articles/visas-permits-and-immigration/egypt-visas-permits-and-immigration.html
    Caroline
    January 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I am English and married to an Egyptian, I work as a teacher in
    Cairo and have an apartment in Hurghada. I got a years residency visa
    in Hurghada which too ka couple of days and cost 100LE. I don’t have an
    work visa yet but I teach in a British school. To get a working visa
    apparently I take our marriage certificate to the British Embassy and
    they getting a work visa is much easier.

    My work colleagues have found it very hard to obtain a work visa and their tourist visa’s have not ran out.

    You can get help to get the right visa of course but to be honest in
    Hurghada there were many people there renewing their visa’s, you just
    need the right form and money.

    Hope this helps…

  • Justina

    I don’t understand how you can discuss about tourism and foreigner residents when you have such a dangerous situation of ISIS ?!?!?! Wake up people! it’s normal to apply for visa if you intend to travel to that country. And all those illegal foreigners living in Egypt or tourists will not stand up to fight ISIS if the time comes. They will be the first ones in the row of getting out.

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      Agreed, you can see this even now as they are threatening to leave just because they have to post their passports to get a visa! There is no way they will stay side by side with Egyptians and fight terrorism. They will sell up and look for somewhere else cheap and sunny to retire to I guess.

      • 4giveand4getclowns

        I am not threatening to leave, nor have I read of anyone claiming so. Where did you read this? My very own opinion, which I am entitled to, is simply that this affects everybody unfairly. That’s like a referee banning a whole football team because one of the players keep fouling.

        • Key

          Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion that’s why your opinion is getting challenged by many foreigners and Egyptians alike against your “opinion”. You can’t cry foul when there is no foul.

  • 4giveand4getclowns

    Protect borders, fine, but many, many foreigners here coming from harmless countries should be exempt (not of cost of visa, complications).

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      Name some of the harmless countries please?

      • 4giveand4getclowns

        Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan, Switzerland, Finland… should I continue?

        • Key

          “Guest” and “4giveand4getclowns” – ISIS, DAESH, AlQaeda, MB, etc.. many of them hold foreign passports and recruit online to get foreigners to fight along side with them. Egypt needs to filter the good from the bad from these so called “exempt”/”harmless” countries you’re claiming them to be. MB the mother of these terror organisation have an office in the US Pentagon!!!

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Sure Illuminati, go ahead and find something wrong with every country in the world. One, I wouldn’t put Disneyland on the list either; they’re always up to something (come on, laugh). Two, notice I also didn’t put the US in the list. Finally, I’ll write this again because people seem to think I’m gratuitously attacking Egypt and its government decisions: Go ahead and protect your borders, I support that 100% – Illuminati, you’ll notice I’ve given most of your posts thumps up – but the new visa regulations may need amending.

          • Key

            A. I’m not sure why you keep referring to the name Illuminati on your reply to me. B. This is not a laughing matter: Disney Land, Wonderland, Sea World, etc.. Terrorists do not distinguish between amusement parks, subways or skycrapers. Shall I remind you of Boston marathon? Lastly I’m not disputing whether you placed US on the list or not I’m mearly conveying that Terrorists have offices and are supported by some western countries feverishly plotting the next big bang against Egypt and the likes in the ME. Besides these terrorists are not too far from Canada eh??

      • Guest

        Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Taiwan, Switzerland, Japan… should I go on?

  • This will definitely have a huge impact on tourism. I for one am American and the only time I’ve applied for visas before hand is when I went to Mozambique, but that was also because I lived next door in south Africa. It also depends on if they will raise the prices too. Right now it’s $25 at the airport which is very easy but if it’s more… Bad news for tourism that already is struggling.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      The price is not the issue – what’s $25 compared to the price of your flight. It is true that Egypt needs to protects its borders, but yes tourism might be affected as well.

    • Key

      I’ll take security over tourism anyday. I’m sure you would feel the same way too if your country was targeted for division!

      • 4giveand4getclowns

        Agreed. But that’s a lot of income lost, though, specially for those who totally need it (little shops, guides, etc.). But I guess Egypt doesn’t need tourists anymore since it was able to get however many billions from other countries. I’m just saying there has to be a better way. I’M NOT ATTACKING ANYONE!

        • Key

          Yes it may be so but that’s the price Egypt has to pay for not ending up like Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Egypt would rather starve than go down like them. I’m not attacking you just conveying.

  • Marc Driesen

    i am 60+ and had no problems to stay for long time. i am resident living here can’t get anything long therm. i have no home in europe. i live here. so my pasport stay belgian and have family there, so now i have to apply the embasy from egypt in belgium from here egypte and egypt embasy have to reply to me in egypt?? how the place where i live has no street name how the post will bring me the answer how ridiculous this would be. i asure you many resident like me. already talking anough is anough, its not about the money i complain its the way to get this visa don’t mis understand

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      IF you are a resident then what are you worrying about? Resident visas are not affected. It is tourist visas we are all talking about. If you are a legal resident and have a resident visa with investment in Egypt according to the criteria then what’s the problem? You should also know that there is no need for address as DHL courier it back to you.

      • Marc Driesen

        show me why everyone concern then and prove it

        • Key

          Ask your Egyptian neighbor why they are concerned. Do your research, no one is going to spoonfeed it to you. The truth is out there!

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Ditto

  • 4giveand4getclowns

    There is no embassy, consulate, or even trade office of Egypt in Taiwan. I work in Egypt and have my working visa, but my wife is Taiwanese. We go to Taiwan every summer. Now she won’t be let in? If they want to target terrorists, why punish everyone? There are better ways, and IMO this will need to be amended.

    • Justina

      You had to think about resident visa to your wife when you accepted the work. Anyways she enters Egypt with tourist visa and stays illegal all year around? Tourist visa is for 30 days only… What about applying in Tahrir for resident visa for her, based on your work visa? don’t say Egypt is punishing you…

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        So many abusing the system and living here on tourist visas. It has to stop and Egypt is right to start clamping down on it. Foreigners are quick to condemn Egypt legal system but only if it doesn’t affect them personally it seems.

        • 4giveand4getclowns

          Who said anything about abusing the system? Gee, you guys are just on a witch hunt or what? Once in the country, my employer takes care of the rest, but first one must enter, and how does one do so if EGYPT DOES NOT HAVE EMBASSIES IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD? All I am saying is that it is too ‘black and white’. There needs to be a readjustment, that’s all. I’m not against laws and regulations, they just have to make sense for all.

          • Key

            It doesn’t make sense to you because you do not understand the details and exact dangers Egypt is facing.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Key, you don’t me, and you don’t know what I know or not. I’m educated, I’m not an idiot, and I have Egyptian friends who keep me in the loop. Honestly, I personally don’t abuse the system. For some unknown reason, it takes months before my wife can get her visa processed, and then it’s time to leave. I don’t know why it takes so long and it doesn’t need to be so complicated. I will say it again because that’s all I mean to say: AMEND!

          • Key

            4giveand4getclowns, I am not trying to offend you and certainly never tried to disrespect your level of education as I do not know you. Forgive me if I have come across like this to you. Just want to point out that a lot of educated foreigners are mislead by their media and government regarding the security and ground conditions in Egypt. I’m not saying you are but you are not understanding the magnetude of this threat based on what you have commented over and over. Put your shoes in Egyptian shoes. Imagine that your country was under threat of division simultaniously executed by a small group of traitors inside and multiple foreign entities from the outside allied to the traitors. Would you have the luxury to discuss more effective visa methods right away in a matter of days, weeks or months or secure your country first and explore other methods later?

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Your employer will be able to get your wife a visa if you have a valid work permit.

  • skn

    There is no embassy, consulate, or even trade office of Egypt in Taiwan. I work in Egypt and have my working visa, but my wife is Taiwanese. We go to Taiwan every summer. Now she won’t be let in? If they want to target terrorists, why punish everyone? There are better ways, and IMO this will need to be amended.

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus

    Previously foreigners did not even have to have a visa at all to enter Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab. These are ALL in Sinai, a Sinai that is now a hotbed for terrorism. Previously it was easy for jihadists to hop on a plane mixed in with tourists and land in Sinai then travel on to their various terrorist training camps. Tell me another country that would allow such a system to operate? One where anyone can land in the country with no visa and do as they basically please.
    This is an essential move by the Egyptian government to bring Egypt in line with the rest of the world in visa regulations. Egyptian safety is a priority.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      Of course, and I agree, safety first, except they made it too general; it’s too black & white.

      • Key

        It’s black and white for you but clear as crystal to Egyptians. Why? Because you watch state controlled western mainstream media (Aljazeera included). They intentionally fail to project the truth on the ground in Egypt. Most Egyptians have access to real ground events, your news and Egyptian news. Let me tell ya that there is enough proof that if you new you will throwup at your own Western Media for withholding your rights to know the reall events in Egypt!!! Without a doubt the Egyptian government has made the right choice.. Egyptians know it too.

        • 4giveand4getclowns

          Er, no, I do not watch CNN or other Western media because I know it’s biased and meaningless and meant to entertain. Stop assuming you know me just because I am a foreigner doesn’t mean I’m all Disneyland and One Direction or whatever you think of me. I know what is going on, thanks to my many Egyptian friends. I simply wish there was a better way to fight terrorism or the other idiots who abuse the system, but I guess there isn’t.

          • Key

            Egyptians wish the same as you do however the world community’s disgraceful reaction towards the daily slaughtering of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Libya is not less criminal than what terrorists are committing against humanity. Egypt is now fighting terrorism ALONE.

            “Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.” ― Noam Chomsky

    • Marc Driesen

      did you see a terorist native from the west? make some difference please between and focus where this people come from open the borders for syria fugetive flashing back now and the government make a bad rule believe me i am residen without rights here no home in europe anymore and i am now again a tourist? omg, you will see the result soon take examle of bad rules in spain a,d tourism real estae collapsed there like the result on real estae after 2 revolutions and now more rules affecting residents

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus
        • Marc Driesen

          yeah real western names
          Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase – friends from the Bethnal Green academy in east London – flew to Turkey on 17 February and subsequently crossed the border into Syria. Two months previously, one of their school friends, Sharmeena Begum, also 15, had run away from her home in Bethnal Green to travel to an Isis-controlled part of Syria. It is understood that, in early December 2014, Sharmeena flew out of the UK from Gatwick airport to Istanbul, and then travelled by road across Turkey to its border with Syria.

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus
        • Marc Driesen

          i am not a moron my dear friend, all what i see are kids from arabian roots having a european pasport and leave for fight with IS like this man called John the beheading famous wanted man from england, so europeans are a treath?

          • Key

            You only see what you select to hear. Thousands of so called “converts” of European descent brainwashed to go fight with DAESH and you are now calling DAESH a bunch of Arabs? DAESH is a US creation with roots from Zionist Israel. Simon Elliot (a.k.a fake name – AboBakr AlBaghdadi) is the leader of DAESH which you call ISIS. Seek and you shall find the truth. The EU and US are lying to the world and you are gullable enough to soak up that insane “ISIS” garbage. Research research research!!!

        • Marc Driesen

          all who leaved from belgium had arabic roots

  • Ikhwanii Extincticus

    Egypt has a huge problem with anybody virtually being able to come into the country easily by getting a visa on arrival no questions asked. Many foreigners abuse the system too by staying in Egypt as tourists when really they are living in Egypt not paying taxes, working and owning property etc. Egypt is trying to get in line with other countries to attract investment it so badly needs and this is a very good move to bring it more in line with other countries visa regulations. This will help limit undesirables entering Egypt at this critical time to cause either terrorism or as the foreign media have been doing for 4 years inciting rioting and unrest by joining up with activists bent on destroying the country from the inside. Tourists come for a 2 week holiday in the sun away from the trouble that every Egyptian has to suffer daily. It will not kill a tourist to get their visa beforehand from an embassy just like an Egyptian has to do before traveling to their country. Why should Egypt be different? Egyptians also have rights to safety and protecting it’s borders and keeping undesirables out of it’s land.

    • Marc Driesen

      realy? u r right, i have a car paying taxes i spend my retirement money on restaurants an benzine tabac, i live here, how dear you say this. tourist seem to be users spending a holiday? hard working people saving money for a trip all year? like my daughetr work aal year to spen a good holiday? and they are users , when they give employment to the stay and excuse me the west delivers terorists, i think you focus to the wrong way. i see i am resident and no rights

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        Keep to the subject please

        Egypt will require all foreigners to get their visas BEFORE leaving their home countries to travel to Egypt now except if they travel in groups using Egyptian or recognised travel agencies. This will help Egypt to track people easier and have time to look into their backgrounds and circumstances and why they are coming to Egypt. It will also help them keep track of foreigners who come as tourists but who lives as residents without the correct documentation. Simple.

        • Marc Driesen

          missing my point. ? i live in egypt not europe, and don’t have a home in europe. and i have to aply every 3 months? for a visum? i have to send from egypt to egypt embasy in belgium? normal? or people live here for 8 years ant there not safe and can just have a paper for 6 months? stick to the point? you compare appels with rotten eggs

  • Gøril Onarheim

    Just pop in to the public visa office in Hurghada…get your red “one year visa” stamp for 180 LE and come and go as mutch as you like. Easy. But I do wish that Egypt government are smart enough to understand that if they want this to work smoothly…they will have to develope online services. THere is hardly anything left in Europe that isnt provided by online service. It is 2015…and the Egyptian government must own up to that.

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      You might find that it will not be so easy for foreigners who have been abusing the visa system for decades to be able to get visas so easy and stay as tourists when they are really working or property owners in Egypt.

      • Gøril Onarheim

        Well…but thank you for letting me know that I abuse your system!!! As a property owner I pay every tax the government tell me to. But for sure….it would be mutch better if I didnt buy a property and instead it would be empty. I dont work when I stay wintertime in Egypt…but yeah…I really abuse the system by buying food and services every day. Me and thousands of others. We are bad people that ONLY stay in Egypt to abuse the country and its people. That we also bring income to people that work with tourists are just stupid….Offf…”go home you abusing tourists!!! Let Egypt have our flats, hotels and touristbussines to ourself”. Go man!!!! How come you are not elected to be supreme head of Egypt??? With that kind of knowledge…you could make Egypts future GREAT!!!!! I am not sure how smart you are…it depends if your head is on top of your shoulders or hidden up your a.. but I hope you can understand sarcasm…

        • Ikhwanii Extincticus

          WOW!! no need to foam at the mouth dear.
          Let me be clear.

          Under the previous governments and bribery it was easy to bypass the court and legal system to buy properties whilst coming on tourist visas. I personally know of foreigners who have lived and own property in Egypt for 10 years or more and just keep renewing a ‘tourist’ visa in Hurghada because it was ‘easier than Cairo’. They are clearly NOT tourists.
          Hopefully this new government will revise the whole system and tourist visas will be solely for tourists. If investors want to invest then they can have a different visa, a property owning visa, a legal visa instead of going to Hurghada and paying a bribe to get an illegal tourist visa when they are actually residents.

          • Gøril Onarheim

            You vall it a bribe…I call it Visa fee, and as all others, foreigners and egyptian, you need to fill out an application to get a so called multiple entry visa, not an ordinary tourist visa. Foreingers can get this after application. But….maybe all staff at Hurghada visa office are corrupt then. I am sure you know this better than me. But I did my application as the public information said…I didnt bribe anybody. There are also different rules for every airport. When you get 2 weeks visa in some airports, you automaticly get 4 weeks in other.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            The only 2 week visas are in Sinai not Hurghada.

            All others are a 3 month visa that allows up to 4 weeks tourist stay from date of arrival.

            Most Egyptian Government office staff are corrupt and foreigners usually bribe them or ask an Egyptian middle man to bribe them. That’s a fact.
            The government knows that bribery is rampant and are trying to deal with it. Tourists complaining about their visas when the country is at war with terrorists and a government struggling to make changes for the better for Egypt and it’s people doesn’t not help.

            But then again most foreigners live in resorts far away from any bombings and chaos so basically why should they care about the rest of Egypt.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            I live in Maadi and I care. Just because we strive for an easier life doesn’t mean we don’t care. Not all foreigners are alike, my friend. I understand the situation is problematic, alarming even, but some good people here wish Egypt the best, don’t want any trouble, and want to keep returning because however grim things may seem, it’s a nice place to be.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            If you live in Ma’adi then you are not a tourist. You either work or reside here as a property owner so this tourist visa will not affect you. Egyptians are tired of being pushed around by corruption and other governments interference. They want to have a better life and cannot understand at all why a foreigner would not want the same thing for them. If changing the visa policy means it will help Egypt identify potential terrorists or if it stops the corruption where Egypt is flooded with illegal immigrants because since the Western wars it has more than it’s fair share of refugees, or if it stop people buying land and property illegally just like every other country has the right to it makes Egyptians crazy when tourists complain about having to DHL their passports to get a visa to visit and call that suffering. A few people here posting and complaining don’t even need a tourist visa because they are either married to Egyptians or property owners.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            It does affect me. My wife’s family cannot come here anymore.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            As I keep repeating to you.

            IF
            You are a resident or a legal worker then your family are entitled to visit you just like all the other families who visit ex pats.

            I have friends who are ex pats who work in the oil sector and their grandmothers and aunties come to visit them no problem. The MOI has records of all the ex pats working legally. Their spouses and children. It’s the ones that are not working legally they are trying to clamp down on and stop entering illegally. Thousands of refugees flooding in all bringing their families into Egypt a poor country that can barely assist Egyptians never mind all the foreigners. It has to be controlled. Just like every other country has that right.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      Is this 100% accurate info? Why Hurghada and not Cairo? Are you saying enter the country through Hurghada and all should be fine?

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        Many foreigners on their forums suggest getting their visas in Hurghada as it is easier than Cairo to get tourist visas when they are not actually tourists but property owners living there.

      • Gøril Onarheim

        It is accurate for me. I got my tourist visa (4 weeks) at the airport, but as I wanted to stay for 2 months I went to the local visa office and filled out an application for one year visa. I got my stamp, and dont have to buy visa at the airport.

  • batsoupdragon

    this is madness. my nearest egyptian consulate is 900km away and [email protected] not mailing my passport to anyone. How to cripple an already damaged tourist industry. Madness.

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      You won’t post your passport for processing to get a visa but you will fly how many miles to Egypt?

      • Lili

        I wouldn’t post my passport either. This is a very precious document and it could get lost. I agree with batsoupdragon.

        • Justina

          A lot of people are mailing their passports with no problem at all. What you say is ridiculous about tourism industry! The country is fighting ISIS every day from all the sides. So sad to see such comments 🙁

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Yes it is really sad to see foreigners moaning about the hassle of having to get visas from their own countries now and no understanding at all of their Egyptian hosts battling day and night terrorism and poverty and God knows what 🙁 If foreigners are worried about post they can always use the DHL option. God if they knew the hassle Egyptians have to go through to get a visa they would think themselves fortunate indeed.

          • Mother of 5

            Egypt is not worth that kind of hassle. One day you will understand. I currently live here and been here for the past 9 years. This situation will make it very hard for many to come here. One, you must understand that many people pick coming here over anywhere else due to the ease of getting in. Once that stops all else stops. It’s just not worth all of the hassle and no one should have to give up their passports just to come to this place.

  • Jan Tabak

    The last time the gov tried this lasted 3 days. A donkey in general doesnt hit the same rock twice. But this is Egypt where common sense often doesn’t make sense. Good to see that the beaches will remain as empty if not emptier as before.

    • Key

      Typical statement from a foreigner who envies Egypt and will try feaverishly to spit a lie just to low ball a country 10,000 years older than their’s. You may have mistaken that “3 day” fairy tale implementation with your home country as Egypt has not piloted this.

  • Yognen

    Right time to do this, without significant impact as tourism already low and rely on preplanned groups. Cannot just let isis fly in, kill few soldiers, visit the pyramids and fly back.

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      OK, but it is highly inconvenient for some (of us). Everybody pays the price (and I do not mean the cost of a visa) for a few dissidents.

      • Ikhwanii Extincticus

        Ask an Egyptian how inconvenient the process is for him to get a visa to say England or USA, then you will know what inconvenient really means.

        • 4giveand4getclowns

          That’s irrelevant. Is this how the world works? It is difficult for us, therefore it has to be difficult for others? How childish – I hope that’s not how decision-makers think. Also, the reasons are completely different. The government is targeting ISIS yet everybody must suffer it.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            How childish to suggest that having to apply in your own country now to get a visa and background checks is ‘suffering’. Clearly you don’t know what the word means.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Ikhwanii, I get that you are patriotic and good for you. I love my country, too. But you are misreading me. Say my country of residence does NOT have an Egyptian embassy (as there are a few), how do I get in? Please find a proper answer rather than just dissing everything I write.

          • Key

            4givean4getclowns – I don’t believe you realize the magnitude and danger Egypt is facing at this moment in time. Security is Egypt’s top priority right now. Having to justify tourist visa regulations for foreigners is not a time and place for this. Egypt is at WAR so please take the time to understand it’s magnitude and support Egypt through this difficult period.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            I understand, don’t worry.

          • I.F.

            Do you even know what war means? Egypt is NOT at war dude. Don’t exaggerate. Every country in this world is fighting terrorism in their own way. And if you think terrorism means only extremists blowing shit up you should really get your facts straight as there is more than one kind of terrorism.. and read some other stuff than just the news paper that are filled with lies and the stories they want people like you to believe. Don’t be ignorant. Yes ISIS is a problem.. but you should read about all those terror organizations that are built by Egyptians, living here in Egypt.. so no visa could hold them up. How would a visa in general hold up a terrorist to enter your country??? You don’t think they are smarter than that? Do you think they would write in the section of “reason of your visit: I want to blow up your country”?!?! … If you talk safety and security, shouldn’t traffic also be a priority? 15’500 people die EVERY YEAR on Egypt’s streets.. and NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN DONE ABOUT IT!! Now what’s the bigger threat I wonder?? Just something to think about….

          • Key

            Really wise guy..Egypt is not at War and that this is just an exaggeration? Look around you, do you not see what US/NATO did to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Sudan..etc! I guess your definition of war only applies when state & mind controlled western media (Aljazeera included) tell you there is a war!! Moreover, when there are two revolutions that occured within two years to make Egypt a better place you claim “NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE”??. When regular Egyptians, the Egyptian armed forces, and police work together to repel domestic and foreign terrorism this is not “WAR”??? Every country “the West” says it’s on the right path for democracy, is now controlled by terrorists and ruled under “sharia law”. Understand that US/NATO are participating in spreading terrorism not fighting terrorism. Egypt is fighting its own war against terrorism ALONE because the hypocritical double standard western world doesn’t call a spade a spade, unless they have some kind of interest vetted on dividing the entire ME region. I’m sure that if your country was under such a threat security will be second to none, hence the new Visa process for tourists.

          • LeeAnn Bailey

            So who are you at war with?

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Which countries do not have an Egyptian Embassy or Consulate?

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Taiwan is one I know.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            I was talking about countries not a state that is not in the UN or recognised by many countries?

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Taiwan has its own government and China has no control over them. Please, let’s not go there; I’m not going to explain the whole China-Taiwan relationship. Taiwan has its own passport so you cannot say it does not count. It does. I have family there and now they cannot come to visit. Taiwan IS recognized by many countries but China is bullying others into making them believe it is not.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            I know all about China Taiwan problem. Having your own passport means nothing if another country doesn’t recognise it. Gazans have their own passports but it means nothing. They are stuck also. They can all wave their passports in the air but can they get out of Gaza? No. As I keep saying. IF you are working in Egypt legally and you have a wife and children then they are allowed a residency visa based on your work permit and when you took the post you would have surely inquired into that and asked the employer to get you residency for them like all the other ex pat workers living here. But I am focusing more on the illegal workers here, the ones with no work permits, the ones who buy property illegally and not to the terms for residency of 30,000 $US , the urfi wives, etc. Many of those come in using tourism visas when they are clearly not tourists touring the country. A tourist visa is for touring and being a tourist not a resident. There are other visas for residency just like in UK and USA and everywhere else so why should Egypt be any different in trying to fix the system that is being abused?

          • Koss Omak

            Ikhwanii, are you stupid? you must not write anything like this again – a dod without a leach

          • I.F.

            Huni it’s really not worth to discuss with this dude. His mind isn’t even open to have a normal discussion without brining up stupid topics (China/Taiwan) that have nothing to do with this case whatsoever. He seems to be someone who want’s to be right at all means. He seems to be desperate to revenge all those countries that force him and his ppl to get visas prior to their travels… let him… it’s sad for us who are living here and our relatives won’t be visiting anymore but in the end it’s Egypt’s loss… not ours. Let them have their close mind and see where it takes them. 😉

          • Mhairi McAlpine

            Scotland.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            And yes, I know what ‘to suffer’ means: to undergo or be subjected to a negative experience, which is exactly what this new regulation will be for many good people.

          • Key

            If you think suffering to apply for a Visa is bad you haven’t suffered at all compared to what Egyptian Security Forces and Police go through day to day risking their lives to protect you and me and their borders against foreign terror.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            My point exactly but most foreign tourists live in resorts on beaches in bars enjoying their holiday and are far away from the real life of Egyptians suffering each day due to bombs and car jackings and attacks by terrorists. It’s an “I’m alright Jack’ attitude. Whining about a visa and having to go through a more rigorous checking process is too much for some it seems.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            I know, it’s insane. That being said, as I’ve stated before, I meant suffer as to experience, undergo, or feel something unpleasant. Yes, some words have multiple meanings.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            I’m still waiting for a response from you. Which countries are you talking about that have no embassy or consulate or neighbouring mission to get a visa?

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Er, I’ve written it in a different post already, but maybe you only pay attention to those you don’t like. Anyway, Taiwan does not have ties with Egypt. I’m sure there are others, although I don’t feel like spending hours on the net just for that. Maybe you could.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Many countries don’t have ties with Taiwan so there is no point condemning Egypt wanting to change it’s visa policy for a state that doesn’t even have a UN seat or diplomatic ties with everyone. If you live here and work here then your wife can join you as a resident on a resident visa. Your employer can arrange that if you have a work permit.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Not going to get into that but the only reason Taiwan doesn’t have a seat is because of China. So the ‘doesn’t EVEN have a UN seat’ is not necessary. And if you’re really against terrorism everywhere in the world (not just in Egypt), you must know that the Chinese are just about the worst kind. Be careful what you see on the news. 😉

          • yusuf hassaan

            Not childish or anything, but double standards. When the US does it it’s okay, but when a country in the Middle East does it, all hell breaks loose?

        • Paula McLoughlin Boswell-Joine

          But the process for an Egyptian to obtain a visa to another country for say tourisim for example, would be a problem because of your own country`s inability to process this quickly and efficiently. Speaking of tourisim, your countrys` main economy is tourisim, in some respects the whole of Egypts workforce will and is affected by tourisim or lack of it right now, hotels are closed, staff are being sent home, farmers that grow the food for hotels, builders that that are out of work with half finished buildings and so it goes on. when we obtain a visa for usa, Australia, or anywhere else outside the European union, we can do this easily online, with just our passport details, its immediate and no travelling to an embassy or posting to the Embassy with fear of having the passport lost. Before Egypt put another `nail in the coffin` some alternative has to be found or I fear Europeans will just go somehere else for a vacation because its just not practical. Last minute vacations will be a thing of the past. Its not the cost of the visa, its the obtaining of the visa thats the problem. I love Egypt and I love the people of Egypt i pray the Government will have a change of heart, or organise it better.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Maybe you should get your facts straight before joining the conversation.
            Egypts main income comes from oil and gas not tourism.
            Let me also educate you on the visa process for an Egyptian to travel the UK for instance. The British Embassy uses Teleperformance Global, whose HQ is in Paris https://uk.tlscontact.com/eg/cai/login.php?l=en

            They do not have an online service.

            Egyptians take their paperwork to the Teleperformance office in Cairo and it is sent by Teleperformance to the British Embassy staff at the Home Office UK, it is then processed and then sent to the British Embassy staff in Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi it is then given the Visa stamp. From Abu Dhabi it it then returned to Teleperformance Global in Cairo. When it arrives the staff there send an sms to come and collect it. It has zero to do with ‘Egyptians inability to process quickly and efficiently’. The British Embassy who work with Teleperformance Global as their outsource partner do not have an online service.

            If a non EU citizen is in the UK and wants a visa to go to France they also have to use Teleperformance in London and hand their paperwork in in PERSON as there is no online facility there either.

            3- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

            3.1- Passport: Your passport/ travel document must be recognised, have been issued within the last 10 years/ have at least 3 months validity after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area/ hold at least 2 blank visa pages/ not show any signs of damage.

            3.2- France is your only or main destination.

            3.3- Personal appearance: all applicants, except children under the age of 12 and Heads of States and their spouses, must apply in person.

            3.4- The application form must not show any crossing out, white out or correction fluid.

            3.5- You must bring photocopies of all your original documents. The original documents will be returned to you and the copies transferred to the French Consulate.

          • I.F.

            Dude… you might be right with all your facts but I hope you aren’t as naive and truly believe that getting a visa before a trip to Egypt would hold up terrorists from coming here?! As Illuminati is saying, the reason why western countries are requesting visas from your people is because Egypt is a troubled country and if we wouldn’t do so we would be flooded with migration cases which our countries couldn’t handle. Even if Oil and Gas are the number one income for your country, you can’t deny that tourism is one of the most important economic sectors of your country. If you were one of those who had lost their job because of the missing tourists you wouldn’t talk as you do and show a little bit more respect to all those families who lost their income and therefore their existence and hope for a better future. You give me the impression that you are happy about this new regulation because you want to get back on all those countries that make it so hard for you and your fellow people to travel due to your own countries instability. Then just stop travelling to our countries then if you don’t like it. Because this is what the last remaining tourist of Egypt are going to do. They will simply just stop travelling to your beautiful country. Because, let’s say it won’t be a hassle to get the visa (which I doubt because I know how paper work gets done here) most of the tourists don’t have to go to Egypt to spend a nice beach vacation, there’s plenty of other choices. It’s much easier to just book a different destination. It’s not about if this new regulation is right or wrong… it’s about the reaction of the few remaining tourist.. and fact is my friend.. they won’t be coming anymore. Nobody is desperate anymore to visit your country… m3lesh

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Facts are important. Here is one. I am a British Citizen. I have no trouble traveling to almost every country in the world. So you would be wrong in thinking I am ‘getting back at all those countries that make it so hard for you and your fellow people to travel to’ as you said. I live in Egypt. and I know exactly how ex pats abuse the system.

          • Koss Omak

            what a mother fucker

          • Paula McLoughlin Boswell-Joine

            Chill out mate….my goodness you are such an aggressive writer! None of us other writers are saying that Egypt shouldn`t have a visa system, we just need it to be easier to obtain! Also if you are a Uk citizen then you`d also know that if you need a visa to USA or Australia for example, the airline usually do it for you online with just the passport details needed. Please feel free to comment again after this visa system comes in to place and let us all know whether tourism is up or down.

          • Ikhwanii Extincticus

            Chill out mate our main priority right now is fighting terrorism and dealing with the mess that the Western governments, (mine included) created when they decided to tear the region apart by invading Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and supporting their ‘moderate rebels’ who are now calling themself ISIS. That is our main priority long before tourism. Secondly there is $150 billion of investments pledged so far after the EEDC so I am pretty sure that Egypt will be doing all it can to make sure that they get the visa process working to suit all of the investors, their staff, and everyone else etc. Plenty of tourists will still come even if they have to get it from an embassy in their own country for now,be it online or not. Egypt has to concentrate on safety for its own citizens and foreigners with or without the help of Western governments who support the terrorists like the MB and ‘moderate rebels’. Who refuse to declare them terrorists and who actively work with the media to unsettle everything Egypt tries to do.

        • LeeAnn Bailey

          Then make it easier for South Africans, hey we make it easy for you guys.

    • Justina

      Agree with you

    • Ikhwanii Extincticus

      agree with you completely

  • Mo Megeed

    The normal thing is to get visa to the country you intend to travel to before you leave your country. ..the exception is what Egypt use to do by giving you a visa at the airport. ..why you complain if they will go back to normal. Visiting Egypt is really worth a little trip to the consulate to obtain its visa and some change for the fee. The Egyptian loves the people. .they will make you feel that you are between a family members a lot of smile, jokes, helpful, generous and friendly …they will cry when your time comes to go home .

    • Karim

      Hello. I do not agree. Take an example of Dubai. Their tourism sector would not ever flourish unless they open up for obtaining visa on arrival. That step helped UAE to rank its tourism sector as a 3rd income after petrol and fishing.

    • fatina

      Most country if you have EU or English passport obtain visa on arrival country as USA, Malasia, Dubai why Egypt doing this just will affect on tourism bkz ppl will choose to travel Tunisia or Turkey

    • Marc Driesen

      every tree months 8 years 24 times i pay the visa only 6 months valid i am resident and you make it harder? and complain, when you live in europe and have resident papers you pay one time please do not talk about lack of knowledge. egypt is verry bureaucratic in many ways i decide to retire here, a tourist is a tourist ine europe a resident is a resident, but egypt do not have this easy system. read how residents react you will find a lot of, living here and have no home abroad succes egypt, my flat is for sale now. spain collapsed with wrong treathmant for tourism and there the real estaet collapsed many lose there valeu of there property in spain because of this.. the revolutions here already make the real estate market down this will be more effect on this new rule, why cant a resident not be a resident here, i pay taxes here have car smoke and live here, but have no rights, i know egyptians will say if you do not like then leave i hear it many times, excuse me the world is not just egypt
      many residents are now chatting about this. i hear one line, anough is anough property valeu will fall again. not every tourist will buy the more then 10.000 empty flats
      when my flat is sold ,, yes i leave losing 60% of what i pay overpriced flats in 2008, get now less valeu,,, what are you doing to yourself egypt make a different between residents and tourist. and if you want to end iligal workers here from syria talking so many jobs focus in another way sound like the tourists are terorists? the terorists come from europe?

      • Justina

        And if ISIS will start cutting heads of your neighbors in Egypt, you will stand to fight? Or you will go to hide in Spain? I am foreigner resident in Egypt and completely disagree with you. You do not follow Egypt’s political situation because maybe it’s all in Arabic, or you don’t care. And yes a lot of people from Europe came to Sharm el Sheikh and joined ISIS. This fact is not enough to make this decision?

        • Marc Driesen

          i do not follow the news ? 🙂 i live there 8 years and don’t care? ya sure you must be a angel who know all. if you would know how many times people disapoint me here, you would be suprised, buying a flat official green paper and 3 have the same papers losing my savings and still here, accepting the fly’s created by the perfect garbage system? are you for real is all background of people who join the is are from arabic origin. do you read all the news? and even one fanatic represent all terorist tourist.while police torture my irish friend journalist for taking a picture and arrestd for spying tortured and left the country, and i amtalking about resident not arabian roots related tourists

    • Goaltender Interference

      “Visiting Egypt is really worth a little trip to the consulate to obtain its visa”
      My nearest Egyptian consulate is across an ocean, 1300 kilometres away. I have visited Egypt twice but will not be doing it again, for obvious reasons.

  • Bassem Akladios

    I think its very good to control our borders, but it woild be perfect if visitors can apply for a Visa online like some counties. This will make it easier for people

    • 4giveand4getclowns

      This would definitely be a great way, hopefully in the very near future; it would also show that Egypt plans to make a grand comeback and means to stand among the greats. If you are going to change regulations, do it in style. Online is the new way to go.

    • Seriously WTF

      I travel to Egypt frequently. If I have to mail in my passport each time plus go to the trouble of having 2 pictures taken, then I am going to consider other destinations. If I could apply for it online and then have it stamped when I arrive, that would be fine.

  • ahmediatv

    ., only Arab investors are welcomed. #ToPimpAnArab
    #ToPimpAButterfly

  • Wolfcookie

    In the 16 trips I made to Egypt the 2003 to 2009 timeframe, I always got my visa at the airport upon arrival. Simple and efficient, especially if you have an excellent tour guide like American Star. Egypt’s new requirement will make it more difficult to travel, but not impossible.

    • Karim

      I agree. Especially we do not have that flexible embassies across the world and they do not provide rapid services when it comes to obtain a visa to Egypt.

      • 4giveand4getclowns

        This is the exact problem: not all countries have Egyptian embassies, also not all countries are threatening. As a matter, isn’t only a few, a handful maybe?

        • Key

          Countries are irrelevant when it comes to a terror suspect. Terrorists can be of any nationality in the World hence the security measure Egypt is taking to protect its citizens.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Sure, fanatics can come from anywhere in the world, but you have to admit, just some countries more likely than others.

          • Key

            Terrorists are not limited to just well funded fanatics who cover their faces and head carrying black flags. Terrorists are also politicians in the West who support black flags while sporting $5000 dollar suits telling the World the ME should be more democratic!

  • Big Mike from Australia

    My wife an I visited Egypt in 2013 and we got our Visa before we left Australia as it was easier to do an ensured us a smooth passage though the airport once we arrived, it gave us peace of mind that once we set foot on Egyptian soil we had already complied with our requirements for a visa and we could meet our tour guide and leave the airport without added delay. I am unsure why anyone wouldn’t do it this way as it makes sure your holiday runs smoothly.

    • traveler

      Big Mike, just because you visited Egypt once in your life does not make you an expert. Yes, that was a holiday to a foreign land, of course you wanted everything to be smooth and easy. But you still have zero knowledge and experience how the things are running there. If you had, you would know that getting a `visa` is about 2 minutes to buy at the airport and about half the price of the equivalent what you can get from a consulate. Frequent travelers prefer to buy it at the airport (it is still a `smooth passage through` , we are out before you even figure out where to collect your luggage from..), even because we travel at short notice, so no time to wait for the Embassy.

      • Riserasta

        and how do you get a visa before? there is no consulate near where I live?

        • Minymina

          You mail it.

          • Lena Saint Germain

            In Mexico, there is only one Egyptian Embassy, no consulates in other cities of the country, and they do not send visa by mail. So it´s not as easy as to
            say: you mail it.

          • Minymina

            Thats what they proposed. I’m sure this is temporarily until some sort of evisa system is in place.

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            Inch’allah.

        • Mo Megeed

          Easy to locate the nearest Egyptian consulate. .call them..they will give you the wibsit to download the visa application. .fill it up online ..submit it and send your passport by overnight registered mail with a check for the fee…after 3 working days you’ll receive it back stamped with the visa.

      • Zeyad

        This is exactly why you need to get a visa beforehand! It ensures that there’s a full knowledge about the persons visiting Egypt and their intentions, thus insuring additional safety to everyone!

      • Lena Saint Germain

        This is true, one minute or two to get the visa on arrival, you could even exchange foreing currency into local one, and this was as smooth as it can be. Maybe I am not an expert, I had been only 3 times in Egypt, but every time was easy to get the visa.

        • Ikhwanii Extincticus

          So easy that jihadists can easily get them too. Do you get the point now?

          • 4giveand4getclowns

            We all did (get the point). The problem is that you seem to think all foreigners don’t get it. That being said I’m not a terrorist and I enjoy my life in Egypt. I wish there was a way for me to convince the government of that so I could keep on enjoying it. Guess not.

      • Big Mike from Australia

        I never claimed to be an expert, I claimed to be an average tourist and as an average tourist I found it easier to pre arrange my visa in fact my travel agent did most of it for me, the point I was making was I don’t think it will affect tourism that much, yes it might affect some that travel at short notice but I am sure as others have pointed out it is better for security and allows further checking of persons entering the country.

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