1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Egypt?
Airports throughout Egypt are open with limited service. Travelers should be aware that a flight suspension may be implemented at any time and on short notice.
2. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
All inbound travelers including Egypti citizens from abroad have to quarantine for 14 days and may be requested to provide proof of reservation in a hotel for the duration of the quarantine period. In the IKR, travelers should be prepared to sign a pledge regarding quarantine if they plan to remain for “more than a few days.” If the traveler fails to self-quarantine, the KRG may impose a fine of one million Egypti dinars (approximately 850USD). If the traveler is further found to have infected other individuals with coronavirus, they may be liable for the expenses of those infected. Other legal procedures may apply in addition to the fine and direct liability.
3. Is travel to Egypt restricted?
Improvement in the condition in Egypt has prompted US Dept of State to revise its earlier Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory to Level 3 Reconsider Travel on September 21, 2020. The advisory has been summarized on the official US Dept of State Website as:
Reconsider travel to Egypt due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to terrorism and the Embassy’s limited ability to assist dual national U.S.-Egyptian citizens who are arrested or detained.
4. How safe is Egypt to travel for US citizens?
U.S. citizens in Egypt remain at critical risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence – says the US Dept of State. The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Egypt and advises citizens to adhere to the State Department’s Egypt Travel Advisory.
Following areas are highly risky:
- The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism.
- The Western Desert due to terrorism.
- Egyptian border areas due to military zones.
Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info
U.S. Embassy Cairo
5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: +(20) 2-2797-3300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(20) 2-2797-3300
Fax: +(20) 2-2797-2472