PCR requirements for Egypt
Stringent travel regulations have made flying to Egypt for business or leisure more complicated, so it’s crucial to understand what’s expected of you before you depart.
Here’s what you need to know...
Travelling to Egypt: your documentation and COVID testing check-list
At the time of writing, Egypt’s entry restrictions are incredibly strict. All arrivals into the country should expect to be subject to health measures, and passengers will need to complete a traveller monitoring card (collecting essential personal details).
Travellers arriving into Egypt will also be required to provide confirmation of a valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
However, there’s another vital requirement travellers must be aware of: as of September 1st, everyone flying to any Egyptian destination from overseas will need to present a negative coronavirus test certificate upon arrival.
This applies even if you hold Egyptian nationality.
Which COVID test do I need to get to travel to Egypt?
The test required for entry into Egypt is a PCR test.
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test involves taking a swab from the throat and nose to determine if you currently have COVID-19.
A word of warning though: the PCR tests conducted by the NHS testing service are not valid for international travel — Egypt included. In order to enter Egypt at any border, you’ll need a negative PCR test from a private testing clinic. And your test certificate should be written in either English or Arabic.
Children under 6 years old are the only travellers exempt from this rule. They can enter Egypt without a PCR result.
How close to my flight departure should I take my PCR test?
Your negative coronavirus test should be conducted within 72 hours of your flight’s departure.
However, there is an exception: if you fly from London Heathrow, your test can be conducted within 96 hours prior to departure instead. But this only applies to flights from London Heathrow — nowhere else.
What rules will I need to follow when I arrive in Egypt?
There are several key restrictions in place in Egypt. You must follow these carefully for your own safety, and for the safety of others:
- A curfew requires you to stay indoors from midnight to 4am, though this doesn’t apply to tourist areas located close to Southern Sinai, the Red Sea, or Matrouh.
- Masks must be worn in closed public spaces, such as stores, taxis, trains, offices, shopping centres, etc.
- Stores, pharmacies, and catering establishments now operate with shorter business hours.
- Social distancing guidelines must be observed in public locations, and it’s recommended to avoid spaces in which people may gather in large numbers (e.g. trains, buses).
- Safety guidelines enforced in the UK should be followed in Egypt too.
A PCR test will prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19 and were safe to fly at the time of your departure. The 72- or 96-hour window imposed may appear restrictive, but private testing is fast and efficient: you can get tested in 10 minutes for maximum convenience, 7 days a week.
Corona Test Centre’s PCR test has an accuracy of 99.9%, and results are guaranteed within one or two days. Our healthcare professionals deliver results at 6pm daily.