The Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) was established in 1981—by Presidential Decree No. 134—as a regulatory body affiliated with the Ministry of Tourism. ETA’s mission is to boost international tourism by promoting Egypt’s rich history and civilization and highlighting the country’s abundance of diverse tourist attractions. Part of ETA’s mandate is to also address any obstacles that may stand in the way of growth in Egypt’s tourism sector. It also aims to promote domestic tourism, raise tourism awareness throughout the country, and strengthen the connection between Egyptians and their heritage.

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ETA also organizes and sponsors tourism, sports, social, cultural, entertainment, and educational events held at tourist attractions, archaeological sites, and museums across Egypt. These activities shed light on Egypt’s diversity of experiences and highlight the country’s competitive edge as a destination for international travelers.

The ETA Board of Directors is chaired by the Minister of Tourism. Its members include the ETA’s CEO and representatives from relevant entities, such as the Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF), the Egyptian Travel Agents Association, and the Egyptian Hotel Association; the Chairman of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority; the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; the Director General of the Grand Egyptian Museum; and four additional tourism sector experts. The ETA Board of Directors is responsible for setting ETA’s general policies and making the necessary decisions to help achieve its goals and objectives.

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The strategy aims to increase tourism traffic to 30 million tourists by 2028, by working to achieve incoming tourist traffic rates to the Egyptian tourist destination by about 25% and 30% annually, within the framework of Egypt's vision for sustainable development 2030.

The strategy is based on 6 axes:

The first axis: institutional and legislative reform:

In this aspect, a number of laws and legislative procedures related to the tourism and antiquities sector have already been completed and amended, including the amendment of the Antiquities Protection Law to increase the penalty for theft and smuggling of antiquities, and the fight against stowaways, climbing antiquities, and others, in addition to issuing laws establishing two economic bodies, namely the Grand Egyptian Museum Authority in 2020, and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Authority in 2021, in addition to the House of Representatives' approval of the Tourism and Antiquities Support Fund Law to maximize the Fund's income, and the Hotel and Tourism Establishments Law to facilitate the Investors to terminate licenses, which have not been amended since the seventies of the last century, and the laws regulating Hajj and Umrah and the establishment of two gates with two laws for Umrah and Hajj .

The second axis: raising the competitiveness of the Egyptian tourist destination:  

In this axis, work is  done to optimize the exploitation of the state's tourism, natural, human and archaeological resources and work to ensure their sustainability, and provide a distinguished and advanced infrastructure and service to increase the competitiveness of Egypt, by encouraging investment opportunities, raising the efficiency of the human element and using modern technology methods, through institutional and legislative frameworks to keep pace with global development, with the application of the best ways to promote and activate tourism locally and internationally to attract the largest number of tourists from various markets and all categories, especially those with high spending,  Encouraging domestic tourism, increasing tourism and archaeological awareness, carrying out archaeological excavations, implementing projects to secure, restore and maintain antiquities, building and developing museums throughout the Republic.

The third axis: economic objectives related to (increasing the number of tourists - increasing the number of tourist nights - tourism spending rates - and targeting segments with higher spending of tourists):

The strategy aims to show the Egyptian tourist destination as a vibrant young destination, in addition to shedding light on the tourist elements of the Egyptian tourist destination and its various patterns and products, in addition to launching a number of electronic promotional campaigns on various social media platforms in a number of major tourist markets exporting tourism to Egypt, and organizing major celebrations of historical events and others such as the procession of royal mummies and Luxor Rams Road and their great impact in promoting Egyptian tourism and creating more The passion of the peoples of the world to visit Egypt and see the ancient Egyptian antiquities, in addition to that it contributed to raising the tourist and archaeological awareness among the masses of the Egyptian people, and many bloggers and influencers on social networking sites from different countries of the world who enjoy a high follow-up rate were hosted to visit and promote the Egyptian tourist destination, in addition to organizing visits to a number of ambassadors of the countries of the world to attend a number of events organized by the ministry, who also contributed to promoting the Egyptian destination, where ambassadors The European Union countries in Cairo published more than 20 short films to promote Egyptian tourist and archaeological sites on their social networking sites and their embassies.

Fourth Theme: Enhancing Social Participation and Raising the Efficiency of Human Resources:

In this aspect, work has been done to provide an accurate database on employment in the tourism sector, in addition to the inventory of official establishments operating in the sector and the data of official workers, improving the process of harmonizing supply and demand for labor, providing the required labor for the owners of tourist establishments, reducing unemployment rates in the tourism sector, and raising the competitiveness of the tourism labor market in Egypt, in order to facilitate work in this sector, attract foreign investments, and provide information to investors.

Fifth Theme: Working to maximize the use of technological means.

Sixth Theme: Maintaining the environmental balance and sustaining tourism and archaeological activity:

It is concerned with maintaining the environmental balance and the sustainability of tourism and archaeological activity, and the state has made efforts in this aspect to transform the Egyptian tourism sector into an environmentally friendly sector, which comes in line with the objectives of the ministry's sustainable development strategy and Egypt's vision 2030 to maintain the environmental balance and the sustainability of tourism and archaeological activity, stressing that these efforts do not coincide only with the special preparations for Egypt's hosting of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP27).But to transform the tourism sector into a sector that applies all the requirements of environmentally friendly green practices in accordance with the concept of sustainable tourism, pointing to the  ECO Egypt campaign, which was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment to promote ecotourism locally and internationally, pointing to the ministry's keenness to support responsible and sustainable ecotourism, which aims to preserve the environment for green transformation.

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Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and UNESCO Cairo Office visit St. Catherine World Heritage Site and the Transfiguration ongoing projects.

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The visit aimed to explore potential areas of further collaboration in terms of conservation and management of movable and built heritage of the site to ensure a lasting preservation of its unique treasures, sacred spirit, and religious daily practices. 

The delegation embarked on a captivating journey through the St. Catherine World Heritage Site, located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt's South Sinai Governorate and inscribed on the Unesco List on 2002 with the criteria: (i)(iii)(iv)(vi)  https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/954/

. Led by knowledgeable guides, the delegation was immersed in the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural surroundings and the spiritual life of the monastery. 

Engaging with the Monastic Community:

During the visit, the delegation had the privilege of interacting with the monastic community residing in the St. Catherine Monastery, one of the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monasteries in the world. They engaged in insightful discussions with the monks, who generously shared their deep knowledge of the site's religious and historic significance, they commented on the advances undertaken in the restoration of the Library building as well on the digitalization of painstaking volumes collected within the wall of the monastery since VIII th century.  Recognized as one of the world's most important libraries, the collection includes religious manuscripts, historical texts and musical and botanical treaties. The delegation had the opportunity to witness firsthand the preservation efforts undertaken by the monks and development partners to safeguard this precious legacy. 

Recognizing the importance of preserving and promoting the St. Catherine World Heritage Site, the UNESCO Cairo office delegation held constructive discussions with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the monastic community, and local authorities. The focus was on devising strategies to enhance conservation practices, raise public awareness, and foster sustainable tourism in the region, ensuring the site's long-term preservation.

By bringing together an extended list of stakeholders, including governmental bodies, religious institutions, Bedouin tribes, and local authorities, the visit was instrumental to fostering dialogue and to identify collaboration to safeguard the unique heritage of the St. Catherine World Heritage Site. Stakeholders agreed on the interest of exchanging experiences and discussing challenges and solutions to ensure the preservation of the outstanding values of the religious current life with other monastic World Heritage sites. 

On the second day of the visit, the delegation had the opportunity to learn about the objectives, progress, and technical aspects of the Transfiguration project led by the Ministry of  Housing and Urban Planning and the South Sinai Governorate. Interventions have been carried out since 2020 in the urban area of Saint Catherine and its surroundings. An ambitious plan to improve housing, tourism services, improve road communications and a solid intervention to prevent avalanche and flood risks in the wadi have been developed over the past two years. A large visitor and convention Center aims to generate an extension and quality of the tourist experience for visitors who come to visit the monastery and its sacred sites. The landscaping intervention has been extremely careful with the natural and spiritual environment of the site.

The representatives of Mota and UNESCO met with representatives of the Bedouin and Coptic communities in the company of technicians from Misr Sinai company, Sites International and representatives of Governorate of South Sinani. Women Artisan companies, the traditional doctor, the representative of the Al-Gabaliyah tribe exchanged views on the progress of the project and the visits served to identify:

-the need at this crucial stage of the project - approaching the completion of the construction phase - to establish reinforced coordination between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, Mota and local authorities to define a tourism operation model in keeping with the character of the site's natural and cultural heritage.

The UNESCO Cairo Regional Office has proposed to collaborate in the following areas of work:

- strengthening the project's green policy especially in sustainable management of water resources, in the use of new clean energy and energy saving technologies.

-collaborate in the preparation of a plan of operation and management of tourist flows, in accordance with the exploitation of new services and infrastructures, in order to improve the tourist experience while preserving the character of the site and the spirit of the place.

-establishment of a permanent training Center, perhaps a UNESCO Category II Centre, specialized in the promotion of World Hwritage sites:  Interpretation,  signage, arts and crafts related to its natural and cultural heritage, organization of events and conventions, generation of a local economy with the involvement of the local population in terms of food products, handicrafts etc......

The Monastic Community is a community of Greek Orthodox Monks who have dedicated their lives to the service of God and their faith since VIII century.

UNESCO Cairo is the regional office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization responsible for coordinating and implementing UNESCO's programs and initiatives in the Arab States region.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is the governmental body responsible for the promotion and preservation of Egypt's cultural heritage and tourism sector.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning is the governmental body responsible for urban development, housing projects, and infrastructure initiatives in Egypt.

The Governorate of South Sinai is the local administrative authority responsible for the governance and development of the South Sinai region in Egypt.

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Reconsider travel to Egypt due to  terrorism . Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to  the Embassy’s limited ability to assist dual national U.S.-Egyptian citizens who are arrested or detained.

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Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, and local government facilities. Terrorists have conducted attacks in urban areas, including in Cairo, despite the heavy security presence. Terrorists have targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations.

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  • U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD.
  • The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “ e-visas .” There are other websites purporting to offer electronic visas, some of which reportedly charge double the official price, but this is the only official Government of Egypt portal for this service. U.S. citizens and the citizens of 44 other countries are eligible to apply through this means in advance of their travel.
  • Egyptian immigration officials occasionally have denied entry to travelers without explanation. 
  • U.S. citizens who have experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt or are concerned about their eligibility for a visa upon arrival should apply for a visa at an Egyptian embassy or consulate prior to travel, but a visa obtained prior to entry does not guarantee admission to Egypt.
  • Visas for gainful employment or study in Egypt must be obtained prior to travel.

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  • U.S. citizens arriving from Israel at the Taba border crossing should obtain a visa ahead of time.
  • If travelers do not obtain a visa prior to arrival, they may either apply for a no-fee, 14-day visa that is only valid for travel within the Sinai Peninsula, or they may obtain a 30-day tourist visa valid for travel throughout Egypt for 25 USD.
  • The 30-day visa requires the submission of a travel agency support letter that may be obtained from travel agents at the border; their fees for providing this service vary.
  • The Government of Egypt opens this border on an infrequent and unpredictable basis.
  • Travel groups and/or humanitarian aid convoys that wish to cross at Rafah would need to contact the  Egyptian Embassy  in Washington for permission prior to travel.
  • The Egyptian government screens travelers before allowing entry/exit through the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.
  • The U.S. government advises its citizens to avoid travel to Gaza; the U.S. Embassy does not issue travel letters or provide any assistance in crossing to and from Gaza.
  • Travelers to Gaza from Egypt should read the  Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza and are reminded the Sinai Peninsula remains a particularly dangerous area, with frequent Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) attacks on security forces and civilians.

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  • Diplomatic and Official passport holders, when entering Egypt for official business, are required to have visas  before arrival in Egypt.
  • Diplomatic or Official passport holders must not use these passports to enter Egypt for unofficial travel, and should use their personal passports, following all appropriate regulations.
  • Travelers attempting to enter Egypt with diplomatic or official passports who do not have visas will be denied entry and required to remain in the airport transit area, at their own expense, until their immediate departure from Egypt can be arranged.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is unable to intervene in such situations. Military personnel arriving on commercial flights are not exempt from passport and visa requirements.
  • The  Egyptian Embassy  in Washington currently requires at least three weeks, and sometimes much longer, to process official and diplomatic visa requests, an expedite letter from the Department of State notwithstanding.
  • It is incumbent upon all official travelers to submit their visa requests and passports to the Egyptian Embassy well in advance of travel.

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  • U.S. citizens who wish to come to Egypt for work must obtain work permits and work/business visas before arrival.
  • All work permits must be obtained through the employer. These permits may be acquired from the Ministry of Manpower and Migration offices in the district of the employer; accordingly, these permits authorize residency in the country.
  • U.S. citizens who arrive as tourists but want to change their status after arrival in country may acquire a three-month tourist/non-working residency visa to allow sufficient time to change their status from tourist to worker.
  • U.S. citizens in Egypt on tourist visas are not permitted to work. 

For additional information on entering Egypt, please contact the nearest  Egyptian Embassy  or Consulate or visit the  Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  website.

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  • U.S. citizens arriving from an area that has been infected with yellow fever will need to provide proof of immunizations.
  • Please verify this information with the  Egyptian Embassy  before you travel. 

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  • U.S. citizen women married to Egyptians do not need their spouse's permission to depart Egypt as long as they have a valid Egyptian visa or valid Egyptian passport.
  • A U.S. citizen departing Egypt with a dual-national child (U.S.-Egyptian) may be required by Egyptian immigration officers at the airport to demonstrate that they have proof of consent of the non-traveling Egyptian parent.
  • If travelers attempt to depart Egypt after the expiration of their visa, they may be required to pay a fine at the airport. Travelers should ensure that they arrive to the airport early with sufficient Egyptian currency to pay any fines.
  • The U.S. Embassy does not issue travel letters to exit Egypt.

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  • If a dual national has the annotation “Egyptian origin” on their entry visa, they will require proof of Egyptian citizenship in order to exit Egypt. 
  • This is also true for dual nationals who remain in Egypt for more than six months.
  • In some cases, if a dual national loses their U.S. passport, they will be required to present their parents’ Egyptian birth certificates and be documented as Egyptian citizens in order to obtain a temporary/replacement entry stamp to facilitate their travel out of Egypt.
  • Male U.S. citizens who also hold Egyptian nationality, between 18-40 years old, who have stayed in Egypt more than 180 days, are required to finalize their Egyptian military status before departure, or risk being refused departure from Egypt by Egyptian Immigration officials. The U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene in these situations. For more information see: https://tagned.mod.gov.eg/ .

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The Department of State Travel Advisory warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) and the Western Desert. Travel to the Libyan and Sudanese borders is also not recommended. U.S. citizens in Egypt should maintain a high level of vigilance throughout the country due to the threat of terrorism.

Between December 2018 and May 2019, terrorist incidents in tourist areas in greater Cairo killed four tourists and wounded at least 18 others. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, and have targeted diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, resorts, and local government facilities. There is a possibility of terrorist attacks in urban areas, including in Cairo, despite the heavy security presence. In August 2019, a car bomb explosion outside of a hospital in Cairo killed at least 20. Additionally, terrorists have targeted religious sites, to include mosques, churches, monasteries, and buses traveling to these locations.

The Egyptian government has attempted to address security concerns and has visibly augmented its security presence at tourist locations, but challenges persist, and the threat of terrorism remains. Police and military are also engaged in operations to combat terrorism and disrupt terrorist cells in the Sinai Peninsula and the Nile Valley.

  • The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism.

The Sinai Peninsula remains a particularly dangerous area, with frequent terrorist attacks on security forces and civilians.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens anywhere in the Sinai Peninsula as U.S. government employees are not authorized to travel to these areas (with the exception of the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh; travel to Sharm El-Sheikh is only permitted by air).

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  • Egyptian border areas other than official ports of entry.

For more information, see our Terrorism page.

Egypt’s borders are under military control; movement of non-military persons and vehicles is substantially restricted, and in some cases prohibited, within these areas. U.S. citizens should not travel in these border zones.

It is illegal to photograph police stations, military barracks, and certain other sensitive public buildings.

U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments, avoid demonstrations, and be vigilant regarding their personal security at all times throughout the country. U.S. citizens should also carry identification and a cell phone or other means of communication that works in Egypt, and it is advisable to pre-program the U.S. Embassy’s telephone number (+20 2 2797-3300) and email address ( [email protected] ) into the device.

Travelers must obtain permission and a travel route from the Egyptian Military Intelligence and the Tourist Police Headquarters via a local or overseas travel agency to access Egypt's frontiers, including the borders with Libya, Sudan, Israel, and parts of the Sinai Peninsula off paved roads.

High concentrations of World War II-era unexploded landmines are located in the World War II battlefields along the Mediterranean coast west of Alexandria, the Eastern Desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal, and much of the Sinai Peninsula. Travelers are urged to be especially cautious in these areas.

Crime:  Crime levels in Cairo and Alexandria are moderate.

The vast majority of criminal acts against foreigners are crimes of opportunity, such as purse snatching and pickpocketing. 

Harassment of women, including foreigners, remains a serious problem. Incidents of harassment range from lewd comments and gestures to indecent exposure and inappropriate physical contact.

Tourists should be alert to being overcharged for various services and for being victimized in scams common to tourist destinations worldwide. Tourists should expect to encounter aggressive vendors at Egypt’s shops in urban areas, as well as at the many temples and archaeological sites. Some will offer “free” gifts to tourists which, once accepted, lead to demands for money. Most sites have specially designated tourist police who can assist in uncomfortable situations.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Egypt. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers

The U.S. Embassy receives frequent reports of online financial scams, often involving a fraudulent romantic partner requesting money for hospital bills or legal expenses to depart Egypt. Be skeptical about sending money to anyone known only through online contact.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.

Report crimes to the local police at 122 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(20) 2-2797-3300. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime. The Embassy cannot intervene in legal disputes.

Failure to report crimes before leaving Egypt will make it impossible to seek prosecution at a later date. U.S. citizen tourists can forward their complaints for investigation to the Tourist Police Headquarters. For crimes involving children, you may call Egypt’s Child Emergency Help line by dialing 16000 . Egypt’s National Council for Women provides some assistance to women who are victims of domestic violence, or other complaints, at phone number 15115 or website: http://www.oo-ncw.org .  

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Call the State Department in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department's travel website .
  •  Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook . 
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and adventure facilities may not frequently occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are not always able to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: Travelers are subject to local laws. The Egyptian legal system is different from the legal system in the United States, with significantly different standards of evidence, due process, and rule of law. Travelers should be conscious of their behavior and how it may be interpreted by Egyptian authorities. If one  violate local laws, even unknowingly, one may be denied entry, expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

  • Egyptian police and security forces do not require probable cause in order to stop, question, and detain individuals. Failure to carry proper identification, such as a passport, may result in detention and questioning.
  • Suspects may be detained without charges or access to immediate legal counsel for months during the investigative stage of a criminal case.
  • U.S. citizens have been detained for several days or more in non-criminal cases, including immigration violations.
  • Local laws prohibit protesting or demonstrating without a permit. Even being in the vicinity of anti-government protests can draw scrutiny from Egyptian police or security forces, including demands to search personal electronic devices. U.S. citizens have been detained for posting content on social media perceived as critical of Egypt or its allies.
  • Punishments often can be harsher in Egypt for comparable crimes than they are in the United States. Penalties for drug offenses can be particularly severe, including life in prison or the death penalty.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Dual U.S.-Egyptian Citizens : Egyptian law considers dual nationals to be Egyptian citizens and thus the Egyptian authorities do not automatically notify the U.S. Embassy when a dual national is detained, or provide information about their alleged crime. Family members, friends, and/or traveling companions may notify the ACS Unit at U.S. Embassy Cairo if the arrested U.S. citizen is unable to do so. U.S. citizenship does not provide protection from detention or arrest by Egyptian authorities and individuals detained may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention.  U.S. citizens arrested for any reason in Egypt may be deported, even if they are not convicted of a crime.  Detained U.S.-Egyptian citizens have been asked by the Government of Egypt to renounce their Egyptian citizenship as a condition of their deportation to the United States.

Consular officers must obtain authorization from Egyptian authorities to visit American detainees.

  • Entering or exiting Egypt with more than $10,000 is prohibited. Attempting to enter or depart Egypt with any instruments of currency in the sum of more than $10,000 could result in the confiscation of the money over $10,000 and other penalties.

Importation of all types of drones, including small civilian drones used for personal or touristic purposes is strictly prohibited. Potential penalties for violating are harsh, and a recently passed law authorizes the death penalty for using a drone in support of terrorist activity.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Cultural Property:  Travelers should note that Egyptian law prohibits the unauthorized removal of antiquities (including historic coins, ceramics, and architectural elements) both from archaeological sites and other sources in Egypt. Egyptian law also forbids the intentional damaging of antiquities, such as inscribing or painting on them or attaching advertisements. The trade, sale, or export in antiquities is also heavily restricted and regulated. Travelers may be prosecuted if found to be looting or damaging archaeological sites, buying antiquities, or smuggling antiquities out of Egypt. Penalties include fines and/or imprisonment.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the  Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .

LGBTI Travelers: LGBTI individuals face significant social stigma and discrimination in Egypt. Egyptian law does not criminalize same-sex sexual activity, but LGBTI persons and advocacy groups have reported harassment, intimidation, arrests, and other forms of abuse, including by police. There are also reports that authorities have used social media, dating websites, and cell phone apps to entrap persons suspected of being gay or transgender in an act of “debauchery,” which is a criminal offense that carries sentences of up to 10 years. Police have confiscated rainbow flags and sometimes detained their owners. See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and sections 1c and 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

ACCESSIBILITY:  While in Egypt, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. Businesses and institutions in Egypt generally do not make special accommodations for persons with disabilities, and Egyptian authorities do not enforce laws mandating access to transportation, communication, and public buildings by persons with disabilities. Pedestrian sidewalks and walkways are limited, uneven, high, and sometimes used by cars and motorcycles.

Accommodations on public transportation are not offered for elderly individuals or persons with disabilities. Crosswalks are not in widespread use and motorists have the right of way. Pedestrians should exercise extreme caution.

Students:  See the  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  Many women travel safely each year without incident. However, when it comes to health and security, women travelers are more likely to be affected by religious and cultural beliefs of the foreign countries they visit. The truth is that women face greater obstacles, especially when travelling alone.

Women, especially those traveling alone, should exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections of temple and pyramid complexes. Women have been groped in taxis and while in public places.

The Embassy continues to receive reports of U.S. citizen women subject to domestic violence, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and rape in Egypt.

Some Egyptian NGOs provide assistance to victimized women within the Egyptian community. Women victimized overseas may be entitled to receive compensation for counseling and/or other services such as relocating back to the United States.

For further information see the travel tips for  Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Egypt, dial 123 .

Ambulance services are not widely available and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.

Insurance:  Travelers should make sure their health insurance plan covers them when outside of the United States.

  • The U.S Embassy cannot pay medical bills.
  • U.S. Medicare does not pay overseas.
  • Doctors and hospitals often expect cash payment for health services.
  • The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation, since medical transport out of the country can be prohibitively expensive or logistically impossible. 
  • See the webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

Medical Care:

Emergency and intensive care facilities are limited. Most Nile cruise boats do not have a ship's doctor, but some employ a medical practitioner. Hospital facilities in Luxor, Aswan, and Sharm el Sheikh are adequate, but they are inadequate at most other ports-of-call. The Egyptian ambulance service hotline is 123. Although availability of ambulances is improving, getting them through Cairo traffic can be very challenging.

Beaches on the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts are generally unpolluted. However, persons who swim in the Nile or its canals, walk barefoot in stagnant water, or drink untreated water are at risk of exposure to bacterial and other infections and the parasitic disease schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

It is generally safe to eat freshly prepared cooked food in hotels, on Nile cruise boats, and in mainstream restaurants. When selecting a restaurant, travelers should select a clean and reputable place, eat only freshly prepared, cooked foods, avoid all uncooked food including raw fruits and vegetables. Tap water in some locations is not potable. It is best to drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Well-known brands of bottled beverages are generally considered to be safe if the seal is intact.

Although the Embassy cannot provide medical advice or provide medical services to the public,  a list of hospitals and doctors in Egypt   can be found on the Embassy website.

Prescriptions:  Travelers should carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations:  Travelers should be up-to-date on all recommended  vaccinations , per CDC’s information. 

Further Health Information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Traffic Laws:  Although the enforcement of traffic laws generally is lax, foreigners are subject to extra scrutiny and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could result in arrest or detainment.

Road Conditions and Safety:  Driving in Egypt is extremely hazardous. Egypt has one of the highest occurrences of road fatalities per mile driven in the world. Intercity roads are generally in good condition, but unmarked surfaces, pedestrians, stray animals, sandstorms and fog, vehicles without lights, and disabled vehicles without reflectors are among the many hazards present on highways, especially after dark.

Driving Cairo’s busy maze of streets can be an extreme challenge to foreigners, especially those used to a culture of structured rules and regulations. Even residents of Cairo must use extreme care and situational awareness to navigate the capital’s hectic streets. Impatient drivers typically ignore traffic rules, which police seldom enforce. Most traffic lights in Cairo do not function; instead, police officers, using finger and hand movements to direct traffic, normally staff the main intersections.

Vehicle accidents remain a significant safety concern.

Visitors thinking about driving in Egypt should carefully consider other options, such as a taxi or hired driver. If visitors decide to drive, it is essential that they take the utmost precautions and drive defensively. Drivers should be prepared for unlit vehicles at night, few road markings, vehicles traveling at high rates of speed, vehicles traveling the wrong way on one-way streets, divided highways, and connecting ramps, pedestrians dodging in and out of traffic, and domesticated animals on the roadways. Motorists should be especially cautious during the rare winter rains, which can cause extremely slippery road surfaces and localized flooding; Egyptian drivers are not familiar with driving in wet conditions, making such periods particularly hazardous.

Pedestrians should also exercise extreme caution on high-volume/high-velocity streets, like Cairo’s Corniche, which follows the eastern bank of the Nile River, and Alexandria’s Corniche along the Mediterranean.

Public Transportation:  Public buses and microbuses are not safe, and Embassy personnel are prohibited from using them. Embassy personnel are also prohibited from traveling on Cairo’s metro system. Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling by train, which is a particularly unsafe means of transportation, with regular accidents that sometimes involve mass casualties.

Embassy personnel are generally prohibited from traveling outside the greater Cairo and Alexandria areas by motor vehicle, with the exception of travel to beach resorts on the western side of the Red Sea and near Alexandria. Furthermore, Embassy policy prohibits personal travel via privately-owned vehicle to any part of the Sinai Peninsula or the Western Desert.

Please refer to our  Road Safety page  for more information.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:   The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Egypt’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Egypt should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the  Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website  and as a broadcast warning on the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website . 

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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Egypt was cited in the State Department’s 2023 Annual Report to Congress on International Child Abduction for demonstrating a pattern of non-compliance with respect to international parental child abduction. Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Egypt . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.”

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Egypt is often referred to as “Um Al-Dunya,” or “Mother of the World,” as its cultural heritage has an importance on an international scale. Egypt’s ancient sites and Red Sea coast attract visitors from across the globe, with tourism accounting for about 10-15 percent of the Egyptian economy and millions of jobs. 

Through decades of partnership, the U.S. Government has invested more than $100 million to protect Egypt’s extraordinary cultural heritage and ensure local communities benefit from the growing tourism industry. USAID has partnered with the Government of Egypt on large-scale engineering projects to protect some of the country’s most iconic archaeological sites from rising groundwater and flooding. These include the Sphinx, Karnak Temple Complex, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Coptic Cairo, Bab Zuweila Gate of Fatimid Cairo, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa in Alexandria. USAID has also supported conservation efforts at dozens of other sites around the country; including the Red Monastery, Medinet Habu, and Theban Tombs of the Nobles. In addition, USAID has invested millions of dollars in environmental conservation efforts to boost sustainable and eco-friendly tourism and protect the coastal ecosystem along the Red Sea.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

RED SEA INITIATIVE: USAID’s decades-long partnership with the Government of Egypt has ensured ongoing protection and long-term strategies to preserve the natural environment and helped local communities build resilience to the shocks of climate change. In 2022, USAID launched the Red Sea Initiative – an ambitious climate action aiming to conserve the Red Sea’s coastal ecosystem, while promoting high-value, low-impact ecotourism. The Red Sea Initiative plans to: protect the Red Sea’s coral reef and surrounding coastal ecosystem against the impacts of climate change and human activity; empower local communities to lead on climate action; establish a blended finance mechanism to support businesses in building resilience against climate change, reducing emissions and creating jobs; and partner with private businesses and other donors to leverage up to $50 million in total funding. To advance the work of the Red Sea Initiative, USAID will collaborate with the United Nations Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) to enlist additional donors and investors from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to conserve the Red Sea’s coastal ecosystem for future generations.  

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL TOURISM: Current global trends demonstrate a growing preference among visitors for more experiential and authentic travel versus traditional package tourism. Building a platform for unique and sustainable tourism in Egypt is critical to the industry’s long-term success and is in line with USAID’s commitment to sustainable development. Through the Integrated Management of Cultural Tourism project, USAID partners with the Government of Egypt to streamline laws and regulations and develop public private partnership models that incentivize private sector investment in cultural tourism. The approach seeks to not only restore physical structures, but also add economic value by incorporating business opportunities, such as entertainment and event spaces. The program builds the capacity of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises to capitalize on cultural tourism. Focusing on Historic Cairo and Luxor, the program will increase Egypt’s tourism revenues, benefiting the local communities that live in and around historic sites. 

Implementing Partner: FHI 360; Life of Project: November 2020 – October 2024; Total Estimated Cost: $13 million; Governorates: Cairo and Luxor.

VISIT-Esna: Esna, a city rich in cultural heritage, was forgotten by tourists when a new dam built in 1994 allowed for faster passage by cruise ships. In the ensuing years, businesses closed and unemployment skyrocketed, forcing residents to abandon the area in search of new jobs and leaving the city center in a state of disrepair. To put Esna back on the map and create sustainable jobs, USAID and Takween are partnering with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Luxor Governorate, the Ministry of International Cooperation, and other public and private stakeholders to restore historic landmarks, revitalize Esna’s tourism infrastructure, and showcase Esna as a prime tourist destination for tour operators, investors, and the public. The program developed a new Esna brand to highlight the city’s diverse heritage assets, ranging from traditional cuisine to historic sites. In Esna, USAID restored an 18th century caravansary (Wakalat El Geddawy), Al Qisariya Market, and several building facades. The program trained and integrated the local community in an array of activities, from guiding tours to reviving local handicraft traditions, with an aim to generating new job opportunities, increasing revenues, and advancing economic benefits for the community.

Implementing Partner: Takween Integrated Community Development; Life of Project: October 2016 – September 2024; Total Estimated Cost: $8.6 million; Governorate: Luxor.

MEDINET HABU AS OPEN-AIR MUSEUM: Located on Luxor’s west bank (ancient Thebes), Medinet Habu is best known for its well-preserved mortuary temple of Ramesses III, who reigned from 1186 to 1156 B.C.E. The site also houses archaeological monuments spanning from 2100 B.C.E. to 900 C.E. Chicago House has been working at Medinet Habu off and on over the last century to document and conserve all of the monuments in the complex. Since 2015, USAID has supported Chicago House’s restoration of the archaeologically-rich Medinet Habu to increase tourist interest in the temple complex. Site improvements include a walking path and an open-air museum.

Implementing Partner: University of Chicago Oriental Institute - Chicago House; Life of Project: October 2015 – September 2023; Total Estimated Cost: $6 million; Governorate: Luxor.

Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Egypt II: Khonsu Temple is situated in the south-west corner of the Karnak temple complex in Luxor. It was built during the reign of Ramses III and dedicated to Khonsu, son of Mut and Amun. In neighboring Sohag, Abydos was the most important burial site of ancient Egypt and has a history extending back some 7,500 years. It served as the cult center of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris, ruler of the land of the dead, and was a place of great religious importance. USAID is partnering with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) on physical improvements to Khonsu Temple in Luxor and the Osireion in Abydos through conservation and restoration efforts, thereby improving the quality of tourists’ experience. ARCE will also build the capacity of the Ministry’s staff to better protect and manage the sites as well as provide employment and training for semi-skilled labor from the local population.

Implementing Partner: American Research Center in Egypt; Life of Project: February 2023 – September 2024; Total Estimated Cost: EGP 32.4 million (equivalent to $1.1 million); Governorate: Luxor and Sohag.

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How did egypt implement digital transformation in all fields of tourism and antiquities.

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CAIRO – 27 June 2021: During the tenure of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian state made numerous achievements in a record time.

Among those are the huge achievements in the archaeological file, made through the Ministry of Antiquities before joining the tourism sector.

The most important progress that took place in the field is the digital transformation within the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, which reached the following stage:

·Completing more than 70 percent of the digitization of the ministry's documents and files within the National Digitization Project.

·Developing the Umrah portal in cooperation with the Chamber of Companies, Travel and Tourism Agencies, to achieve linkage with flight reservation systems, hotels and agents.

·Creating pages for the ministry on various social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter, in addition to a channel on YouTube.

·Designing and completing a website for the Grand Egyptian Museum in preparation for its launch.

·Completing 90 percent of the digital infrastructure works at the Grand Egyptian Museum (technical services that serve museum exhibitions such as the digital museum and virtual reality), and completing 80 percent of the work of smart communication systems (ICT).

·Completing the information technology infrastructure, data security and multimedia works at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (different displays, interactive screens and floor screens in the museum's main exhibition hall).

·April-June 2020: Launching virtual tours with augmented reality technology for many museums and archaeological sites on social media platforms (for the first time), within the framework of the "Discover Egypt From Your Home" initiative during the period of suspension of tourism movement due to the global pandemic, in addition to creating new advertising slogans.

·September 2020: Contracting with the General Intelligence Service represented by E-FINANCE to implement the digital transformation project, and the services of archaeological sites and museums (electronic reservation platform). The project was presented to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the Cairo International Telecommunication Exhibition "2020 Cairo ICT" on November 22, 2020.

·Issuing a ministerial decision to create a unit to collect data and prepare data lists for workers in the tourism sector (September 30, 2020).

·Signing a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to develop the technological infrastructure of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (November 10, 2020).

·Activating the electronic reservation system for the Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada Museums and the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir through improved windows for reservations by activating the electronic payment service using cards, electronic wallets and contactless cards (January 30, 2021).

·Launching the official website of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and the first electronic ticket booking platform (April 1, 2021).

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Japan to fund renovation work at the Pyramid of Menkaure: Official

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The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri on Saturday announced further details regarding the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry plan’s to develop the Giza pyramids – the “Project of the Century” – with Japan helping to fund renovation work at the Pyramid of Menkaure.

There are more than 100 pyramids in Egypt, he said, most of which were covered with a casing such as the Pyramid of Khafre, where part of the outer covering of limestone remains at the top.

During a telephone interview with al-Mehwar TV channel, Waziri explained that the Pyramid of Menkaure was once exposed to an earthquake or something similar, causing several of its outer stone blocks to fall off.

A plan is now being worked on to reinstall the casing, he said.

He continued that the original floor of the area was uncovered and excavations were carried out until 2017 to draw the stone blocks with the Japanese mission.

Waziri noted that the plan to develop the pyramids will include restoration and covering Menkaure pyramid casing, with a digital imagining of the stone blocks.

He assured: “We will not pay a dime, and the Japanese side is the one who will cover the cost, from their money, neither a loan nor a grant.”

“The Japanese side will undertake the necessary studies, as all the granite blocks scattered on the ground will be studied, then a laser scan will be done, and this will take one year,” he explained.

The results of the scanning and imaging will be presented to specialized American, Egyptian, and Japanese scientific committees, he explained, and the possibility of reinstall the granite casing blocks to their original place will be studied.

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Dig at ancient cemetery reveals colorful masks and artifacts. See the finds from Egypt

F orgotten by time and obscured by the desert, a collection of ancient burials — and their treasures — went unnoticed in Egypt. Not anymore.

A joint team of Egyptian and Japanese archaeologists excavated part of the Saqqara archaeological site and unearthed an ancient cemetery , Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a Jan. 4 Facebook post.

The cemetery included several burials, a tomb and a poorly preserved coffin, archaeologists said. Several of the graves had colorful masks that represented the deceased person’s face.

Photos show several of these burial masks and one skeleton next to the mask of its face.

Archaeologists also found several other artifacts including religious pendants, or amulets, statues of goddesses, vases and pieces of pottery at the cemetery, the release said.

The graves and their contents spanned several ancient eras, archaeologists said.

The cemetery and its oldest finds dated to the Second Dynasty , a period that ended over 4,600 years ago, according to the World History Encyclopedia. The most recent finds dated to the Ptolemaic era, a period that ended about 2,000 years ago.

The Saqqara archaeological site is about 5 miles long and the cemetery of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, according to Britannica. The site includes the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the burial site of a king who ruled over 4,500 years ago.

Excavations are ongoing.

The Saqqara archaeological site is about 15 miles southwest of Cairo.

Google Translate was used to translate the Facebook post from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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