Can I extend my Egyptian Visa while in Egypt?

Can I extend my Egyptian Visa while in Egypt?

It has never been easier to obtain a visa for Egypt. The online application form only takes a matter of minutes to complete and extending an Egypt e-Visa is just as easy as the original application.

However, technically, you cannot renew an Egypt e-Visa from inside the country. If you know that you will overstay your visa in Egypt you have a number of options though none of them are as straightforward as a simple, online application.

Those who try to leave Egypt with an expired visa will need to pay a fine to be able to leave. The fine can vary dramatically depending on the number of days a visitor has overstayed by and if possible it is best to stick to the the official rules and procedures set by the authorities.

If you are outside of the country, the Egypt visa renewal process is quick and simple. If you are in Egypt, it is possible to apply for an Egyptian visa extension in Cairo, but the process can take several hours.

How can I extend my Egypt visa from within the country?

To obtain an Egyptian visa extension it is necessary to go to the Mugamma Building in Tahrir Square, Cairo. The office is open from 8:00 to 15:30.

Those seeking an Egyptian visa extension should go there as early as possible as the process can take several hours. Applicants need to take their passport (and a photocopy of it), their almost expired (or expired) visa, and a passport photo with them.

Applicants should expect to be at the office for a long time and to try and be patient and polite during the process. Each case is judged on an individual basis and a visa renewal is not always possible.

If it is not possible to obtain an Egypt visa extension and your visa has expired you will need to pay a fine in order to leave the country.

Paying the fine to leave Egypt

Visitors who try to leave Egypt with an expired visa usually have to pay an Egyptian visa overstay penalty. The amount varies depending on the amount of time a person has overstayed their visa.

If you have only overstayed by a couple of days you might get away with not paying but be prepared to. The fine is only small for a few days but it can grow to a four-figure sum if the visitor overstays by months.

As long as you can pay the fee, leaving Egypt after overstaying your visa is not a major problem. However, to avoid complications it is better not to break the official rules.

Overstaying an Egypt tourist visa can cause problems for travelers who plan to travel to the Sinai Peninsula or the south of the country. As the security of the region is more delicate, the border authorities are stricter. If there are any irregularities regarding someone’s passport or visa they will not be allowed through.

Extending your Egyptian visa while abroad

If you are in another country or if you have plans to visit a nearby country and return it is simple to extend your Egyptian visa. The Egyptian visa application only takes a few minutes to complete.

Applicants simply need to enter the required information online and pay a fee using a credit or debit card. After it has been submitted it takes around five business days to process.

The eVisa is sent to applicant by email. The simple process saves having to pay a fine to leave or go through the hassle of applying for a visa extension in Cairo.

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