Israelis can visit Egypt, providing they have a valid passport and a visa. Many visit Egypt, either by flying or by bus, crossing from Israel into Egypt via the Eilat – Taba border crossing.
If you have read somewhere that Israeli citizens are not allowed to travel to Egypt, take it with a pinch of salt. Many Israelis visit Egypt each year. Taba, in particular, is a very popular destination among Israeli tourists, as are other resort towns like Sharm El-Sheikh.
Can Israeli Citizens Travel to Egypt on Israeli Passports?
While some Israelis travel to Egypt on U.S passports or a passport of some other country, most Israelis who travel to Egypt do so with their Israeli passports.
The Egyptian authorities have no restrictions in place regarding Israeli citizens. They are as welcome as anyone else to visit Egypt.
As is the case with all other nationalities, Israelis who wish to visit Egypt must be in possession of a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining.
Entry Requirements for Israelis Traveling on an Israeli Passport
Can Israeli citizens travel to Egypt without a visa? No, like nearly every other nationality in the world, Israelis must comply with Egypt’s visa requirements. In other words, they must have a valid visitor visa in order to enter Egypt. However, Israelis who cross into Egypt via the Taba border crossing can get a free entry stamp without any need for a tourist visa.
The free entry stamps available at the Taba border crossing only allow you to visit resort towns located on the Sinai Peninsula, including places like Sharm El-Sheikh. You cannot travel elsewhere in Egypt with this free entry stamp, and you are only permitted to stay Egypt for up to 14 days.
Israelis who want to travel elsewhere in Egypt are required to have a valid visa. At the time of this post being written, Israelis travelling on Israeli passports were not able to obtain an Egypt online e-Visa or a visa on arrival. Instead, those who will be travelling on an Israeli passport must apply for their tourist visa, business visa or student visa at the Egyptian Embassy in Israel.
What are the Visa Requirements for Israeli Passport Holders?
If you are going to be travelling on an Israeli passport, you will need to satisfy a number of visa requirements. As of the time of writing, the following documentation was required in order to obtain a valid visitor visa for Egypt:
- Valid passport with no less than 6 months validity remaining.
- Completed and signed visa application form.
- Passport photo no older than 6 months.
- Bank statement for the past 6 months.
- Income Tax Return with original pay slips.
- Travel bookings – This is not a paid for travel package. Instead, it is a travel reservation made in the applicant’s name. The Egyptian Embassy recommends against paying for hotels and/or flights prior to your visa application being approved.
- Flight reservations – you will need to proof of flight reservations to and from Egypt.
- Employment letter – you will need a letter from your employer on company letterhead. This should include: contact details; a statement stating that you have been granted leave of absence; the purpose of your trip and how long you will be travelling for, and assurance that you will be returning to your current job.
Once your application has been processed, you should receive an email from the embassy informing you if your application was successful or not. If it was successful, you will now have a valid visitor visa which will allow you to travel anywhere in Egypt for up to 30 days. The visa itself is valid for 30 days. This means that you must enter Egypt within 30 day of the visa being granted.
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Can Israeli Citizens Travel to Egypt on a Foreign Passport?
Israelis who have dual nationality and a valid passport from both countries can travel using either one of their passports. For example, a dual US/Israeli citizen who has a valid U.S passport can travel to Egypt on their U.S passport, in which case they will be able to obtain a visa-on-arrival.
The above was true and correct at the time this post was being written. However, we recommend that Israelis who intend travelling on a foreign passport seek clarification from an Egyptian embassy prior to travelling to Egypt just to be on the safe side.
Can Israelis Visit Egypt without a Covid-19 Passport?
Up until very recently, anyone visiting Egypt had to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test done within 72 hours prior to arriving in Egypt. However, on the 17th of June 2022, the Egyptian government lifted all Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The Egyptian authorities are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation, and if it is deemed necessary, Covid-19 travel restrictions could be re-imposed with very little prior notice. If you have travel plans to visit Egypt in the nearby future, you should contact your nearest Egyptian embassy or consular office for advice regarding Egypt’s current Covid-19 entry rules. You should also contact the Israeli authorities to find out what the requirements are for people returning to Israel after travelling abroad.
Israeli Citizens Traveling to Egypt
So, can Israelis visit Egypt? Yes, but like all other nationalities, Israelis need to have a valid passport and a valid visa. Egypt is a popular “get away” destination for countless Israelis, but many simply cross over the border via the Taba border crossing to avoid the hassle of having to obtain a visa. This is ideal if you just want to enjoy a short (and very affordable) break at one of the coastal resort towns on the Sinai Peninsula.
Israelis who want to explore Egypt further need to apply for a visa, and they should apply for their visa 4 to 6 weeks prior to their intended departure date.
Is Egypt Safe for Israeli Citizens?
Israeli tourists are for the most part welcome in Egypt. However, due to political tensions regarding Israel and Palestine, a bit of extra caution is recommended. Don’t get involved in religious or political debates. As is always the case, a little bit of common sense can go a long way in helping you to avoid problems.
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Last Updated on February 14, 2024