EGYPT – The Egyptian government is working on the creation of an electronic visa to strengthen security controls and at the same time boost the national tourism sector.
Currently foreign travellers must obtain an entrance visa upon arrival or prior to departure through a consulate. The electronic visa will help to simplify procedures and computerisation will prevent long queues and bureaucratic restraints. Talk of the electronic visa has been ongoing since 2015 but so far is yet to be implemented.
Currently working on the implementation of the e-visa are the Minister for the Interior, Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and the Minister of Telecommunications, Yasser Al-Qady.
The Egyptian tourism sector has suffered significant losses since 2011 due to political instability, civil unrest and attacks. In 2016 the number of foreign travellers was 5.3 million, compared to 14.7 million in 2010. Cairo has set a target of 10 million visitors for 2017.