People are free to visit Egypt after Israel. If you fly into Israel, Israeli authorities no longer put an Israeli stamp in your passport. Even with a stamp or Israeli visa, you can still visit Egypt.
Can You Visit Egypt after Israel?
Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979. The main features of the peace treaty were mutual recognition between the two countries, and an end to military conflict between the two countries. Soon after the treaty was signed, trade between the two countries began, and by 1980 there were regular international flights between the two countries.
By signing the treaty, Egypt had become the first Arab country to recognize Israel as a sovereign state. As a result, tourism between Egypt and Israel was now possible.
Most other countries in the Arab world did not approve and barred Israeli tourists from visiting. They also barred any travellers who had an Israeli stamp or an Israeli visa in their passports. Even now, if there is any evidence in your passport that you have visited Israel, or that you intend to visit Israel, you will be refused entry to a number of Arab countries.
Understandably, this has deterred a lot of tourists from visiting Israel while touring the Middle East. For example, if there is evidence of travel to Israel in your passport, such as an Israeli entry visa, you will be forbidden from entering Iran. So, since Egypt is an Arab country, can you visit Egypt after Israel?
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What You Need to Know about an Israeli Passport Stamp
These days, if you fly into Israel, you will not receive any Israeli passport stamp. Instead, you will be issued with a blue slip/card that serves the same purpose as the stamp once did. You will need to keep this with you throughout your stay in Israel. This essentially means that there will be no evidence of your visit to Israel in your passport.
If, on the other hand, you enter Egypt via a land border crossing, your passport will be stamped when you enter Israel and when you leave. However, having an Israeli stamp in your passport will not be a problem if/when you visit Egypt.
If you are from a country whose citizens require an entry visa for Israel, then your visa will be pasted into your passport. Can you visit Egypt after Israel if you have an Israeli visa in your passport? Yes, you can visit Egypt even if you have a used or unused Israeli visa in your passport.
As of the time of writing, there were only 6 countries which bar you from entering if your passport contains evidence of travel to Israel, or planned travel to Israel. Egypt is definitely not one of them. Even Israeli citizens who are travelling on an Israeli passport are welcome to visit Egypt providing they have a valid tourist visa.
Traveling to Egypt after Israel
If you want to visit Egypt after you visit Israel you can do so by road or by air. At the time of this post being written, Air Sinai was the only airline company offering reliable direct flights between Egypt and Israel. Most international flights between Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and Cairo International Airport in Egypt, including those offered by Egypt Air, involve at least one stop, quite often in Jordan.
A lot of travellers, and especially backpackers, choose to travel from Israel to Egypt by bus rather than fly. If you want to make the journey by bus, your easiest option would be to book a ticket through a travel agent. However, if you are on a really tight budget, you could use public transport to get to Eilat and then literally walk to Egypt via the Taba crossing, and then catch another bus from there. Given the heat, this is not an option we would recommend. You can find very affordable tour packages that help you to avoid all this sort of hassle.
If you travel from Israel to Egypt via the Taba border crossing you can get a free entry that allows you to stay in Egypt for up to 14 days, but you are only allowed to travel to some resort towns on the Sinai Peninsula, such as Sharm El-Sheikh. Apart from these few coastal resorts, the rest of Sinai is deemed a “risk” area.
Most governments advise that all non-essential travel in South Sinai should be avoided, while all travel in North Sinai should be avoided due to the threat of terrorism and because of ongoing Egyptian military operations. If you do decide to use the Taba border crossing, you should make your way directly to Sharm El-Sheikh or one of the other non-risk coastal resorts. Again, if you really must travel by road, we strongly recommend making arrangements through a reputable Egypt tour operator.
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A Word about Egypt Entry Visas
Can you visit Egypt after Israel and get a visa-on-arrival when you arrive in Egypt? Yes, but only if you fly from Israel to Egypt, and providing you are from a country whose citizens are able to get a visa-on arrival.
If you don’t qualify for a visa on arrival, your only option would be to enter Egypt by means of the free 14 entry stamp as discussed above.
Additionally, if you cross into Egypt via a land border crossing, including the Taba border crossing, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get a visa-on-arrival regardless of your nationality. At the time of this post being written, the Egyptian authorities at the Taba crossing were only issuing the 14-day visa exempt stamps that prohibit travel outside of the Sinai region.
Enjoy a Visa-Free Short Stay
Can you visit Egypt after Israel without a visa? Yes, but for a maximum of 48 hours. We would like to share a little secret which not many people are aware of. If you only want to see the pyramids and one or two other tourist sites in or around Cairo, you can actually do so without a visa, providing you plan your flight schedule correctly.
Passengers who with a transit time in Egypt of 6 to 48 hours are allowed to leave the transit area and the airport without the need for a transit visa. If you plan your flights correctly, you could enjoy a full day of sightseeing in and around Cairo without any visa.
For this, we strongly recommend booking private guided tour through a well-established tour operator. If you were to book one of our 1-day tours, one of our Egyptologist guides and one of our drivers collect from the airport. You are then driven from one tourist site to the next in one of our deluxe air-conditioned vehicles, and then when your tour ends, you are dropped off back at the airport, or at your hotel.
Are You Ready for Your Dream Vacation?
The citizens of most countries can get a visa-on arrival in Egypt, Jordan and Israel. This makes all three countries very convenient travel destinations. This is also why we recommend visiting all three during a single trip. In fact, our 15-day Egypt, Jordan and Israel itinerary is one of our best-selling tour packages.
Whether you want to see one, two, or all three countries, we would love to make your dream come true. And, with more than half a million tours already sold, we really do know how to make travel dreams come true.
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Last Updated on February 14, 2024