Updated 22 November 2021
Despite being one of the very few countries that are currently open for tourism, Egypt has stipulated strict testing measures across its border to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
A negative PCR test, which is one of the most important travel documents necessary for entry in the current pandemic scenario, is mandated by Egyptian authorities for incoming travellers from all over the globe. Here are the latest guidelines for PCR test entry requirements in Egypt.
PCR testing requirements in Egypt
All international arrivals (including Egyptian nationals) to any part of Egypt must present a negative RT-PCR test certificate on arrival. The test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure of their last direct flight to Egypt.
However, when arriving from the following countries, the test and certificate extend to no more than 96 hours prior to the flight departure:
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Ecuador, France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt), Guyana, Italy (Rome), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Mexico, New-Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom (London Heathrow), Uruguay and Venezuela.
The RT-PCR test must be based on a nasal or oral swab, and an approved laboratory must issue the certificate. Certificates are accepted in both Arabic and English. Travellers who arrive at any location in Egypt with a negative PCR test are not required to quarantine.
What about testing at the airport?
Passengers on direct flights to any of the airports listed below will be required to take a PCR test on arrival if they fail to obtain the medical certificate before departure:
- Hurghada (HRG)
- Marsa Alam (RMF)
- Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)
- Taba (TCP)
Travellers who have the test on arrival should stay in their hotel room until they receive the result. Individuals are generally notified of the result in 12 to 24 hours. In case of a positive result, self-isolation for 14 days is mandatory. The traveller must cover the cost of this test.
Children under the age of 6 (all nationalities) are exempt from the testing requirements.
Fully vaccinated individuals are also exempt from taking a PCR test. Passengers are considered fully vaccinated if they are vaccinated with the below-given jabs at least 14 days before departure:
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) – 2 doses
- Moderna (Spikevax) – 2 doses
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) – 2 doses
- Sinopharm – 2 doses
- Sinovac – 2 doses
- Sputnik V – 2 doses
- Johnson & Johnson – 1 dose
Travellers must present officially issued QR-coded certificates as proof. The certificate must be in Arabic, French or English. The certificate will be reviewed and examined, and in case of any scraping, cancellation or addition, the certificate will not be accepted.