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Winter is coming.
While it seems like only last week that the sun was shining bright and beaches were packed, frosty weather is already looming and for many that means one thing: a holiday abroad, preferably somewhere sunny.
And Egypt is set to be a prime destination for many. The only thing that’s left is to read up on the COVID rules and get your visa sorted out.
In Ireland, temperatures are starting to drop, and with this drop comes the occasional rainy drizzle. This can be more than a bit depressing, especially in light of the particularly sunny summer we had.
While most people go on holiday during the summer, others choose to save their money for a nice winter holiday abroad, to catch a nice bit of sun during the dreary winter months. Few countries are better suited for this than Egypt, where temperatures during the months of October, November and December can easily reach 25 degrees or higher.
These months also hardly see any rain. In other words, nothing but sun!
The African country has always heavily relied on tourism. Indeed, Egypt was among the first countries to fully open during the COVID-19 crisis, as early as 2020.
While most people know Egypt for the mighty pyramids and Sphinx, the country has quite a bit more to offer, depending on your tastes. For some, the country has an almost artificial taste to it, tailor-fit for tourists.
Those looking to relax can enjoy a stay at a luxurious resort such as Sharm-el-Sheikh. More active travellers can go diving in Alexandria, surfing in the waters along the Red Sea, or go hiking along one of Egypt’s many walking routes. Urban-oriented folk can enjoy the metropolis of Cairo, or the smaller centres such as Hurghada.
In short, there is something to do for everyone, a major reason why the country is among those most rapidly recovering from the COVID crisis.
Entry rules and visa paperwork for Egypt
Like most countries, Egypt abolished all COVID-19 rules for incoming travellers. This means that no test is required, either before arrival or after, and you also don’t need to get tested during your stay. There are no COVID-specific rules visitors need to keep in mind; so no quarantine or registering your trip with any official body.
Basically, once you’re in, you’re free to go where you want.
However, Egypt does still have a visa requirement, depending on how long and where you will be staying. Ireland benefits from the EU’s agreement with Egypt; Irish visitors can stay in the country for up to two weeks without needing a visa. During this visa-free stay, however, they are limited to the resort areas in the South Sinai area, such as Sharm-el-Sheikh, Taba or Nuweiba.
For trips outside these regions, or for trips lasting longer than two weeks, a visa is still required, even for EU citizens. Egypt has a variety of visa types, but the most commonly applied-for variant is the electronic type, also known as the e-visa. The reason for this is that an e-visa can be applied for online, without needing to visit an embassy or consulate.
The e-visa for Egypt is valid for a stay of up to 30 days. It can be used within an overall validity period of 90 days, meaning it can already be applied for in advance of the trip itself.
Another reason holidays abroad are exploding in popularity this winter is because the Irish government has already abolished all COVID-19 rules for returning travellers. They don’t need to quarantine or fill in a locator form, and no testing is required either.
So for those already dreading the coming winter months, a quick, refreshing trip to Egypt might be just what you need!
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