Do Swiss citizens need a visa for Egypt? Yes, Swiss travelers can’t enter Egypt without a visa. Thankfully, they are easy to apply for and obtain.
Swiss citizens have a few visa options when traveling to Egypt. The Egypt e-Visa for Swiss citizens is the simplest visa to obtain as the application is completed online.
There is also a visa on arrival and various different types of conventional visas that require going to an embassy or consulate (depending on the length of stay and the reason for visiting).
Here is a guide on the different types of Egypt visas for Swiss citizens and how travelers can obtain them.
The Egyptian Government introduced the Egypt e-Visa in 2017 to simplify and modernize the process of obtaining an Egyptian visa from Switzerland and other eligible countries.
For short-term stays the Egypt online visa is the most convenient option. Travelers can complete the online application for the Egypt visa for Swiss passport holders. It has been designed to be quick and simple and it has eliminated the need to physically go to an embassy or to queue at the border for a visa.
The Egypt visa for Switzerland is available as a single-entry visa (valid for up to 30 days or until the traveler leaves the country during a period of 3 months) or as a multiple-entry visa (valid for 180 days and allows reentries).
The whole application process only takes a matter of minutes and only involves three short steps:
To complete the Egypt e-Visa form, Swiss applicants are required to enter a range of information. Applicants are required to answer some questions related to security and health and enter a range of details including their name, date of birth, and passport data.
To be successful, the application needs to be completed fully and accurately. Applicants should carefully revise all of the information they enter before submitting the application as any mistakes could lead to the application being delayed or rejected.
Applicants should apply for the Egypt e-Visa at least seven days before they plan to arrive in Egypt. This is to allow time for the application to be processed.
The e-Visa is sent by email to the applicant once the application has been successfully submitted and approved. The traveler can then gain entry into Egypt by presenting their e-Visa to the authorities, along with their passport.
To be able to successfully apply for the Egypt e-Visa, Swiss citizens must meet the passport requirements for citizens of Switzerland. Applicants must:
The Egypt visa on arrival is still available for Swiss citizens. If you have not applied for the e-Visa and you are traveling to Egypt in under seven days, it is the best option. To obtain one it is necessary to queue at the border on arrival.
Travelers can complete the application form and buy a visa sticker at one of the kiosks at the airport. It is necessary to pay a $25 visa fee and it is best to have the correct amount of money (you can’t pay by card). It is also necessary to have a passport with at least six months remaining.
To avoid the hassle of obtaining a visa on arrival, Swiss travelers can obtain the e-Visa, as long as they meet the visa requirements and are not traveling to Egypt over the following seven days.