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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Egypt
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Egypt
    EXTREME TRAVEL RISK for North Sinai
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Western Desert


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Airlines have varying entry restrictions; liaise with your chosen airline prior to booking.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All passengers, including Egyptian nationals, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test results certificate (in Arabic or English) from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Egypt.
- For passengers travelling from North and South American countries, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France) Rome (Italy) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR, UK), the COVID-19 PCR test can be conducted up to 96 hours before their departure on their final direct flight to Egypt.
- All passengers arriving (directly or indirectly) from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Latin America shall undergo a rapid COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Egypt. This list is not exhaustive and the authorities reserve the right to test passengers from other destinations as well.
- According to Egypt Air, passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Latin America to Cairo via London are not accepted.
- International passengers who are travelling directly to Hurghada (HRG), Marsa Alam (RMF), Sharm el Sheikh (SSH) and Taba (TCP) airports without submitting a valid PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before their flight departure time) must undergo a PCR test at a cost of US$30 upon arrival at those airports. Those passengers will be isolated in their hotels until the PCR test result is available. If the PCR result is positive, the passenger must self-isolate in their hotel room and co-ordinate with the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

• What information is required in the test result?
- The certificate should be issued by an accredited laboratory, include hour and date of withdrawal of the sample, laboratory's stamp, type of the test (RT-PCR) and type of sample taken from the swab.
- The same PCR certificate cannot be used to enter the country twice.
- Travellers must present printed copies of the test results. Digital copies will not be accepted.

• Exemptions
Children under six years of age are exempt from the test certificate requirement.
(until further notice)


Documentation required
- All passengers must complete a health declaration form that will be provided on board the aircraft. The form can also be found and printed here in advance: http://egypt.travel/media/2376/declaration_form.pdf
- Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.


(until further notice)
Transit

- Transit passengers (who are entitled to hotel accommodation and will not be staying at Cairo International Airport (CAI) until their onward flight) must get a negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours, even if their destination country does not require a negative PCR test, in order to secure hotel accommodation.
- Transit passengers (who are not entitled to hotel accommodation and who will be staying at Cairo International Airport until their onward flight) are not required to present a PCR test result to satisfy Egyptian requirements.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe ?
- Some airlines may require a negative PCR test upon the traveller's exit from the country even if the final country of destination does not have any restrictions in place - confirm requirements with your airline.
- Once the passenger departs Egypt, the COVID‑19 PCR certificate will be considered expired and will not be valid for a return flight to Egypt.
(until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- All Chinese nationals wishing to return to China from Egypt must self-isolate for 14 days before their departure.
- They must also obtain a quarantine certificate from the Chinese embassy in Egypt to prove their completion of the isolation. More information can be found here: http://eg.china-embassy.org/chn/zytz/t1854707.htm
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Restaurants, cafes, shops and shopping centres resumed normal working hours operations.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
There is a mask mandate in place, in addition to social distancing.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Egypt

COVID-19 information for Egypt

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Egypt is overall a MEDIUM travel risk environment. While protest activity has declined since late 2013, both political and economic issues have the potential to spark disruptive gatherings that pose incidental risks to travellers. Militant attacks occur periodically, largely targeting the security forces and Christian interests. Direct targeting of foreign nationals remains rare, though a one-off or isolated incident involving individuals affiliated to or inspired by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group remains possible.

Subscribers should defer all but business-critical travel to North Sinai governorate, where the security risks are rated as EXTREME, and defer all travel to areas between the border with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) and the city of El Arish (North Sinai), which is a base of operations for organised militant groups, namely IS. Militant groups occasionally conduct large-scale attacks on the security forces in North Sinai, and civilian casualties are not uncommon. The military has implemented significant restrictions on freedom of movement as part of its counter-terrorism campaign.

Travellers should also receive itinerary-specific briefings prior to any journeys to the remote areas west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta (excluding coastal areas east of Marsa Matruh (Matrouh governorate), where the security risks are rated as HIGH due to exposure to militancy and criminality and the remoteness of this vast territory.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Egypt
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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PolioAll travellers are recommended to be fully
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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