Egypt Customs Regulations

Egypt Customs Requirements

Before enjoying Egypt’s majestic pyramids, endless dunes, and charming souks, travelers need to get familiar with local customs including what you can and cannot bring along when traveling to Egypt.

Certain objects and medications foreign citizens use commonly without much thought in their day to day lives may be illegal in Egypt.

Read our expert travel recommendations to learn about Egypt’s entry requirements as well as the customs regulations to help you have a hiccup-free trip to the land of the Pharoahs.

Foreign nationals who wish to enjoy everything the Arab Republic of Egypt has to offer must comply with certain entry requirements:

A current passport with a minimum validity period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt

A valid Egypt eVisa (or a visa on arrival if you don’t mind waiting in line —often for hours on end— upon landing)

A medical certificate or official letter from your healthcare practitioner if you are carrying medication into the country. In this document, your doctor must confirm that the medication you bring with you was prescribed by a medical doctor, specify the details of your condition, the quantity of medication you carry and that the medication is exclusively for your personal use.

Egypt Customs Regulations – What You Cannot Take to Egypt

If you are wondering about import or customs regulations in Egypt, please take the following into consideration when packing your bags prior to traveling to the country.

Regulated Items for Entry in Egypt

Passengers may carry the following quantities of items and substances regulated by Egyptian law without incurring in customs fees, regardless of their age:

  • 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • 1 liter of perfume or eau de cologne
  • Non-commercial articles with a total value under USD $200
  • Goods for personal use

Prohibited Items When Entering Egypt

Foreign nationals visiting the country may not enter Egypt carrying any of the following items or prohibited substances:

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Cotton
  • Live, frozen or stuffed birds or any bird-derived product
  • Firearms, including sporting guns

Currency Import Regulations when Traveling to Egypt

In case you are wondering how much money —whether in cash, traveler’s cheques or foreign currencies— you are allowed to carry into Egypt, the Egyptian currency import regulations are as follows:

  • Local currency (Egyptian Pound-EGP): up to EGP five thousand (5,000)
  • Foreign currencies: up to USD ten thousand (10,000), or its equivalent in freely convertible currency
  • EGP obtained via postal (giro) cheques may be used for payment of hotel expenses and tickets for air travel
  • Exchange of foreign currency must be done through official banks or money exchange offices

Traveling to Egypt with Pets

If you are traveling with your pet cat or dog, make sure to carry a valid Government veterinarian good health certificate issued at your place of residence. This certificate has a 2-week validity from the date of issue and does not exempt pets from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture Doctor examination upon arrival.

Please note that pet birds may not be brought into Egypt, except live chicks that meet all health requirements stated by the General Organization for Veterinary Services so long as they are not being imported from infected/endemic bird flu areas.

How Much Is the Customs Duty in Egypt?

Egyptian customs duties follow the Harmonised Customs System and are calculated using the Ad valorem on the CIF value. Customs duties are payable in Egyptian pounds.

Import Taxes —Excluding Consumer Taxes— are of 2% of the customs cleared value if the applied duty is between 5% and 30%, and 3% if the customs duty exceeds 30%.

Egypt Export regulations – What You Cannot Take out of Egypt

If you are wondering about export or customs regulations in Egypt, please consider these rules when packing your bags prior to leaving the country.

Regulated Items for Exiting Egypt

Passengers may carry the following quantities of items and substances regulated by Egyptian law out of the country without incurring in customs fees:

  • 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • 1 liter of perfume or eau de cologne
  • Non-commercial articles with a total value under USD $200
  • Goods for personal use

Prohibited Items When Departing from Egypt

Foreign nationals leaving the country may not exit Egypt carrying any of the following items or prohibited substances:

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Food
  • Gold and silver purchased in Egypt, except for very small quantities for personal use

Currency Export Regulations when Leaving Egypt

In case you are wondering how much money you are allowed to carry out of Egypt when departing from the country, the Egyptian currency export regulations are as follows:

  • Local currency (Egyptian Pound-EGP): up to EGP five thousand (5,000)
  • Foreign currencies: up to USD ten thousand (10,000), or its equivalent in freely convertible currency
  • EGP obtained via postal (giro) cheques may be used for payment of hotel expenses and tickets for air travel
  • Exchange of foreign currency must be done through official banks or money exchange offices

Now that you know everything you need about packing your bags for your trip to Egypt, remember there is an important document you need to carry on you if you wish to save time upon arrival. Apply for your Egypt eVisa now and avoid long lines at the airport.

Apply for Egypt Visa