Getting to Egypt
It is possible to enter Egypt overland, but the vast majority of travelers arrive by air. There are flights arriving at Cairo International Airport from London and New York, as well as many other major cities around the world.
Arriving by Air:
It is possible to enter Egypt overland, but the vast majority of travelers arrive by air. There are flights arriving at Cairo International Airport from London and New York, as well as many other major cities around the world so it is easy to reach Egypt from almost anywhere in the world with a connection to one of these hubs. International flights also land at Luxor International Airport and the airports in Sharm El Shiekh and Hurghada for direct access to beach resorts. Cheap airfare is easier to find during the high season (November through March) when there is a larger number of flights going to Egypt.
Travelers from the countries listed below will find that they can easily purchase a one-month tourist entry visa at the airport upon arrival at any of Egypt’s international airports. The visa costs $15. Travelers of other nationalities must apply for a visa from an Egyptian embassy/consulate before traveling.
*To purchase a visa upon arrival in Egypt you must hold a passport from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, or Ukraine.
Travelers can enter Egypt from Israel overland from the border crossing at Eliat/Taba in the Sinai Peninsula (except during Eid Al-Adha or Yom Kippur). The border crossing in Gaza at Rafah is currently closed.
It is not possible for travelers of any nationality to purchase a visa for all of Egypt at the Eliat/Taba border crossing; however, if you hold a passport from one of the countries listed above (*), it is possible to purchase a Sinai Only visa that will allow you to travel within the Sinai Peninsula, but not cross the Suez Canal.
If you wish to travel to the rest of Egypt or if you hold a passport from a country not listed above (*), you must purchase a visa from an Egyptian embassy/consulate. There is an Egyptian consulate in Eliat.
**Travelers crossing the border at Eliat/Taba will be subject to a $25 exit fee from Israel and an entrance fee in Egypt of $12.50 (in addition to the cost of a visa).
Arriving by Sea:
Most means of entering Egypt by sea are no longer open. Ferries from Italy, Cyprus and Greece are no longer working; however, there is still a ferry that runs between Aqaba, Jordan and Nuweiba in the Sinai Peninsula. The Arab Bridge Maritime Company runs two ferries daily. The faster one costs $75 and makes the crossing in one hour. The slower one costs $65, but the departure time and length of the time are notoriously unreliable. Vehicles can also be accommodated on the ferry for a fee.
On arrival in Nuweiba the same nationalities (*) can purchase a one-month full visa for $15. SInai-Only visas for two weeks are free. Other nationalities must arrange for a visa beforehand or travelers will not be allowed to board the ferry in Jordan.