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Egypt makes major change to tourist visas - how will it affect your holiday?

Wednesday 27/June/2018 - 11:49 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

Egypt has recently surged in popularity with British tourists looking for a cheap holiday، daily express reported.

Holidays have been made even easier for British tourists who can now apply for their Egypt visa online.

This removes the need to travel to the Egyptian consulate or to request one upon arrival in Egypt.

Travellers can now buy an electric visa by an online application form for the first time.

So far، 46 countries across Europe، Asia and Australasia can use this new process، including the UK.

The visa will be valid for travel for three months.

A single entry visa costs just $24 (£18) when buying with a card online while a multiple entry visa is $60 (£45).

To be eligible، travellers must have at least eight months left on their passport when they arrive in Egypt، as well as their e-visa printed out and their accommodation details.

Egyptian Tourist Authority UK and Ireland director Amr El Ezabi said: “We want travel to Egypt to be as seamless as possible and in the digital age this new e-visa system is an important step towards simplifying the process.

“Latest tourism figures have shown a significant rise in arrivals and we hope that this trend continues as more people are encouraged to visit our diverse nation.”

The Foreign Office advises getting a visa before travelling as getting it at the airport can take longer، and is only valid for 30 days.

However، 319،000 British tourists visit every year without any major incidents، according to the Foreign Office.

Thomas Cook revealed how Egypt has seen a rise in bookings this summer، along with other hard-hit countries including Turkey and Tunisia.

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