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Visas and passports

All foreigners, except those from South Africa, Malta and Arab countries (except Sudanese), need visa to enter Egypt. Getting this visa is straightforward, but the cost of it will irritate most budgeteers.
If you get it from a consulate expect to pay between US$15 and 65. All of this varies from consulate to consulate, and between nationalities. In general, getting a visa in a poor country, will save you some money, but might add to the nuisance. The process of issuing the visa will normally take between 1 and 3 days. With the number of visas that every consulate has to process, you can feel sure that the officials know what they do, and there few unpleasant surprises waiting for you.
Most Western nationals will obtain their visa on the airport upon arrival. Costs are about the same as pre-obtained visa, or less.

By Tore Kjeilen