Egypt Travel Information
Egypt is a popular destination for Norwegians. There
have been frequent security incidents in northern Sinai
where a security operation is underway. There have also
been violent attacks in border areas against Libya and
in the major cities of Cairo and Alexandria. The attacks
have mainly been directed at security forces, churches
Visitors to Egypt should generally be careful and
keep up to date via local media and register at
There is state of emergency throughout the country.
Valid passport/ID document (s) should always be brought.
On September 20 and 21, demonstrations were held in
Cairo and several other cities. Several demonstrations
have been announced.
The last serious security incident in Cairo occurred
on the night of August 5 when a car bomb exploded in the
city center. Over 20 people were killed and several were
In the northern parts of the Sinai Peninsula, an
extensive military operation is under way against armed
groups, and the security situation is unpredictable.
People who cross the border from Egypt to Gaza run the
risk of staying in Gaza for a long time because the
border is kept closed for long periods of time. The
embassy has very limited opportunities to assist
Norwegians who wish to return from Gaza to Egypt or vice
- Countryaah: Cairo is the capital
of Egypt. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The penalties for offenses in Egypt are often higher
than in Norway, even for incidents that under Norwegian
law are considered wrongdoing.
Egypt has a strict law on statements that are
perceived to damage Egyptian culture and national
security. There have been cases in the past year where
people have been sentenced to prison sentences for
criticizing Egyptian society, culture or government on
Traffic accidents are a common cause of accidents.
The traffic picture can be perceived as confusing and
not all taxis have seat belts. In the big cities, the
infrastructure is little adapted to pedestrians.
Crime such as theft and robbery is relatively
uncommon, but occurrences and precautions should be
Verbal sexual harassment often occurs.
Homosexuality is not illegal, but is nevertheless
taboo. Arrest and imprisonment of persons accused of
belonging to the LBHTI environment have been reported.
The possession and use of drugs is illegal and the
sentencing includes life sentence and death sentence.
The general risk of natural disasters in Egypt is
low. There is a small risk of earthquakes. The last
major earthquake in Egypt was in 1992.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers: Police 122, Ambulance 123,
Tourist Police 126.
Local numbers for tourist police:
||(02) 236 88281
||(03) 547 5025
|Sharm el Sheikh:
||(069) 366 0311
||(065) 354 3365
||(097) 244 0442
||(095) 228 4597
For consular emergencies, the embassy is open all
working hours Sunday to Thursday 08:30 - 15:30. In
emergencies outside of working hours, the telephone is
transferred to the Foreign Ministry's 24-hour
operational center in Oslo, Norway.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 24-hour operating
center can also be contacted by phone +47 23 95 00 00 or
by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no. NB: This is only applicable in
emergencies and should not be used for visa issues.
Norwegian citizens staying in or planning to travel
to Egypt are encouraged to keep up to date via the
websites of the Norwegian Embassy in Cairo and are
recommended to register their journey at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to stay in Egypt. The
passport must be valid for at least six months from
Visas can be applied for in advance from the Egyptian
Embassy or Consulate, or purchased on arrival for $ 25.
The sum can most easily be paid in euros or US dollars.
Persons with a diplomatic passport cannot obtain a visa
upon arrival. They must apply for a visa before arriving
in Egypt. Visa from the Egyptian Embassy in Oslo is
valid for one month after entry, while what you buy on
arrival is valid for two weeks.
Egyptian authorities have created a web portal for
applications for visas to Egypt (e-visa). The website
should be accessible to citizens of 46 countries,
The website will initially be used by tourists who
wish to travel to Egypt by regular passport. If you are
unsure whether you can use the scheme or have other
questions, contact the Egypt Embassy in Oslo. The
application fee is stated to be $ 25 for a single entry
and $ 60 for multiple travel visa applications. The fee
will not be refundable if the application is rejected.
Applications for visa renewals must be submitted to
Egyptian immigration authorities. You can have trouble
leaving the country if you overstay your visa. It will
not be possible to leave the country without paying a
fine if the visa is denied for more than 14 days.
For the latest updated information on entry
regulations to Egypt, as well as additional information
regarding other types of residence permits in Egypt,
travelers are encouraged to investigate with Egypt's
embassy in Oslo.
Embassy of Egypt
Phone: (+47) 23 08 42 01 - 23 08 42 02
Fax: (+47) 23 08 42 08
Passport is for Norwegian citizens is the only
internationally valid identification paper.
Passports must be machine-readable for entry into
Egypt. That is, handwritten emergency passports are not
valid for entry into Egypt.
Upon entry/transit to Egypt, the following valid
document is also accepted:
- refugee travel document (green travel document)
- travel document for people staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
However, reservations are made that the entry rules
may be changed at short notice. It is therefore
recommended that the relevant country's authorities be
contacted when planning a trip.
Travelers with a travel certificate for
refugees/foreigners passports and others with special
passports cannot obtain a visa at the airport and must
therefore apply for a visa at the Egyptian Embassy in
Oslo in advance.
It is not allowed to import or withdraw more than
5,000 Egyptian pounds from Egypt. There are no
restrictions on import and export of foreign currency,
but sums over a value of USD 10,000 must be declared on
Certain items such as electronic equipment,
camcorders etc. must be declared on arrival and
departure. Further information on customs and other
rules can be obtained from the Egyptian Embassy in Oslo.
You can bring pets if you have a veterinary certificate.
If you have dual citizenship, that is, Norwegian and
Egyptian, and you travel to your other home country, you
can risk the Egyptian authorities disregarding Norwegian
citizenship. In such cases, the Norwegian authorities
will find it difficult to provide assistance.
The embassy emphasizes that it is the traveler's
responsibility to ensure that travel documents, visas or
residence permits are valid.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Infectious
cases have been detected in Egypt. The authorities, in
collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO),
have implemented several measures to limit the risk of
infection, including testing of people arriving from
countries with infection. A separate telephone number
"105" has been set up to be used in case of suspected
infection. It is also possible to call the general
emergency line "123".
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
does not create travel advice because of the risk of
infection. It is the Public Health Institute that
provides health professional travel advice. You can find
more information and guidance from Norwegian health
authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of
Make sure you have travel insurance and available
funds that can cover the cost of any medical treatment
abroad if needed.
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health's websites for official health
professional travel advice and guidance to Norwegians
when traveling abroad.
Also consult your doctor or the National Institute of
Public Health in good time before leaving for any
vaccines. See here for vaccines recommended for travel
to Egypt. It is recommended that you be vaccinated
against hepatitis A since you have seen an increase in
hepatitis A infection in travelers to Egypt. Additional
vaccines and revaccination can usually be obtained from
a health center in Cairo.
Hospitals and medical services outside Cairo and the
tourist towns are often of a low standard. Low hygienic
standards at clinics and hospitals can make the
postoperative phase risky. At public hospitals, however,
hygiene can be poor. Some hospitals require cash payment
(not credit card).
The Egyptian emergency number for ambulance services
is 123. The public ambulance service has limited
capacity. In case of emergency, it is recommended to
call one of the larger hospitals that have their own
ambulance services. Contact the Embassy for a list of
hospitals in Egypt and dentists in Cairo. The embassy
does not accept responsibility for the quality of the
services of the hospitals and dentists.
Also note that Egypt is covered by quarantine
provisions for infectious diseases. If you seek
Norwegian health care upon returning to Norway, you must
state that you have been to a dentist or hospital in
Poor hygiene standards can cause tourist diarrhea,
hepatitis and typhoid fever. Bilharzia (parasitic
disease through water snail in stagnant fresh water) is
also a growing problem. The large air pollution,
especially in the big cities, also makes chronic
respiratory diseases very widespread.
Air pollution is a problem in cities. Soot, smoke,
exhaust and dust can cause long-term health problems,
especially for people with respiratory disorders.
The pharmacies in Egypt carry many types of
medicines, both locally manufactured, licensed and
imported, which are sold without special restrictions at
reasonable prices. However, it is recommended that
people in need of special medical treatment take the
necessary medication away from home as the supply
situation in pharmacies may be changing.
Modern buildings have basically the same type of
electrical outlets as in Norway, 220 volts. Area code
from Norway to Egypt is +20.
There are four nationwide GSM networks: Orange,
Vodafone, Etisalat and We.
Norwegian phones can be used.
Coin value: Egyptian Pounds (EGP/LE)
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express,
Maestro and Diners are accepted in most cities and major
tourist destinations and can be used to withdraw local
currency from ATMs. Cash is the only means of payment in
many taxis and small shops.
Opening hours for shops, banks and public offices:
The Egyptian working week is Sunday to Thursday. Most
shops are also open on weekends.
Arabic is an official language, but many speak
English and some speak French.
Time difference to Norway: + 1 hour at winter time.
Egypt has a number of national holidays; for details
see overview here. The timing of religious holidays such
as Coptic Christmas, Easter and Ramadan varies from year
Identity checks can occur mainly from the police;
Therefore always bring a valid passport/ID.
Photography at or near military installations and
buildings of security significance, as well as by
security personnel (including police) is strictly
prohibited. Some public buildings, embassies, airports
and bridges should also be avoided. Similarly, it should
not be photographed during demonstrations and/ or
actions by the security authorities.
Food & beverage: Alcohol can be
enjoyed in selected restaurants, bars and in the large
hotels. Drinking alcohol on the street or outside a
restaurant or licensed bar is prohibited and may result
in arrest. There is no alcohol serving during religious
holidays like Ramadan, with a few exceptions.
Egyptian legislation is unlike the Norwegian one.
This applies, for example, to marriage and family law,
including the right of inheritance and the right of care
for common children.
Customs and rules: Egypt is a Muslim
country. Laws and customs are influenced by it. This is
especially true during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Showing devotion in public should be avoided.
Dress code: There is no mandatory
dress code in Egypt, but in churches and mosques,
visitors are asked to cover only the shoulders and
knees. The tourist towns on the Red Sea and around Sharm
el-Sheik are most liberal.
Ramadan: During the fasting month of
Ramadan, non-Muslims are expected to show respect to the
fasting. It is common for one to be discreet with
eating, drinking and smoking in public between sunrise
and sunset and choosing clothes that cover the shoulders
and knees. Opening hours for restaurants and shops often
change during Ramadan.