Egypt eVisa for Irish Citizens
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Egypt has recently implemented a new electronic visa system for Egypt for foreigners who wish to visit the country. Currently, the electronic visa (or eVisa) is only available to citizens of specific nations, including Ireland.
The Egypt eVisa for Irish citizens is designed to be quick and easy to obtain. The whole application is completed online and once granted, the visa is also received in digital format. No need to visit an Egyptian embassy in person nor to wait in long queues at the airport.
Do Irish Passport Holders Need a Visa for Egypt?
As few as 9 countries enjoy visa-free status for Egypt, meaning that their passport holders can enter Egypt without having to obtain a visa first. Most of these nations are located in the Middle East and Ireland is not among them.
This means that all Irish nationals need a permit if they want to cross Egyptian borders. Luckily, Irish people are eligible for the new online visa, which allows them to visit Egypt for tourism purposes and enjoy short-term stays.
There are 2 types of eVisas for Egypt:
- Single-entry eVisa. It gives Irish travelers permission to enter Egypt once. The single-entry online visa is valid for 3 months and the amount of time that Irish eVisa holders are allowed to stay in Egypt is 30 days.
- Multiple-entry eVisa. Irish holders can make multiple trips to Egypt within the 6-month validity period. Each stay can be no longer than 30 days.
Travelers from Ireland can use the eVisa to reach Egypt by air, land, and sea.
Should an Irish individual need to enter Egypt for purposes not covered by the electronic visa (i.e. work or study) and/ or intend to stay on Egyptian territory for longer than 30 days, they will need to apply for a different visa. The Egyptian embassy in Ireland will be able to assist Irish citizens in identifying the appropriate type of visa and lodging their application.
How to Apply for an Egypt Visa from Ireland
The application process and requirements depend on the specific visa one intends to obtain. Applying for an eVisa online is the fastest and easiest way to get a travel permit for Egypt and only takes minutes.
All Irish citizens need in order to start the application is a reliable internet connection. They can lodge their request from anywhere in the world, including their home or office.
The eVisa application can be completed online in 3 simple steps:
Fill out the application form in all of its parts
Submit the relevant supporting documents in digital format
Pay the eVisa processing fee
Irish applicants will then receive their granted Egyptian authorization via email.
How to fill out the application form for the Egyptian eVisa
The eVisa online questionnaire is self-explanatory and anyone should be able to fill it out. However, Irish citizens can help a friend or family member complete the application, as long as they make sure to provide correct information regarding the applicant.
The questionnaire is a short form that will ask for the following details:
- Personal information: full name, DOB, and birthplace
- Contact information: address, phone number, email address
- Passport information: number, date and place of issue, expiry date
- Travel information: arrival date as well as the purpose of the trip
Some security and/ or health-related questions may also be included. Processing times can go from 4 to 7 business days.
It is of the utmost importance that all applicants provide truthful and accurate information and answer all questions. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in the visa application being delayed or even rejected.
Egypt Visa Documents Required from Irish Nationals
The eVisa system requires very few supporting documents. These include:
- An Irish passport with a minimum validity of 6 months after the intended date of departure from Egypt
- A credit or debit card to pay the eVisa fee
Irish travelers must print out the valid eVisa and bring it with them to the Egyptian border point of entry of their choice. It is paramount that they also carry the same Irish passport they used during the application process. That is because the eVisa is directly linked to one passport only and should eVisa holders present a different document, their visa will be considered invalid and they will be denied entry into the country.
Besides presenting the documents, Irish citizens reaching the Egyptian border should comply with the requests of the Egyptian authorities and respect the local customs regulations.