April 9, 2015

Operators flying to Egypt should be aware of recent changes to that country’s visa requirements. Beginning May 15, the Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs will require all individual travelers – including crewmembers and business travelers – to obtain a visa prior to arriving to an Egyptian airport.

“This is a significant procedural change for travelers heading to Egypt,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “In the past, individuals were able to apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport. Now travelers – including crewmembers – will need to plan ahead to meet the new requirements.”

Although some countries have separate requirements or privileges for business travelers, Egypt has not made separate distinctions for crewmembers or business travelers. Unless these individuals are traveling as part of a group tour with specific authorizations, they must obtain a visa prior to arriving in Egypt. Individuals who are part of group tours are still able to obtain a visa upon arrival to Egypt.

“For business aircraft operators who frequently fly internationally – especially to a specific location – it can be easy to assume the requirements are unchanged from previous trips,” said Carr. “Everyone involved in planning for international locations should be aware of current requirements before each trip to ensure that crew and passengers comply with the latest requirements and policies.”

The new Egyptian visa requirement applies to all foreign nationals. Officials expect most visa applications to be processed within 10 business days.

NBAA recommends business aircraft operators advise passengers of the visa requirement upon receiving the flight request. Crews should verify compliance with the new Egyptian requirements prior to departure.

Review the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s website for more information.